Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WYSIY

= What You See In You

More important than what other people might see in you, is what you see in yourself. If you believe in you and what you are doing or want to do, then it will surely radiate out for others to see.

This morning's Linachu-ism. This was a sudden burst of thought that came to me as I prepared for a presentation this morning, thinking (hoping) what the people would see in me... Wish me luck!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Favourite Word (or Eat Pray Love Part 2)

Do you have a favourite word? I was reading Eat Pray Love and Elizabeth Gilbert says that her favourite Italian word is attraversiamo. Which means to cross over. She loves the way its combination of letters and sounds rolls off the tongue beautifully. Her friend Luca Spaghetti's (seriously that's his name) favourite English word is surrender.

So I got to thinking, what is my favourite word. Even if I have one. And one word instantly came to mind.

Serendipity

Yes, I love this word. I love how it sounds almost cute - that dipity ending. The beginning part seren- sounds and looks like serene. And the meaning, I especially love the meaning:

ser⋅en⋅dip⋅i⋅ty 
–noun
1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2. good fortune; luck: eg. the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

See...Great meaning right? Right?

I also love the words: Bliss and Wonderful - hence the namesake of this blog.

Bliss is defined as supreme happiness, utter joy or contentment, heavenly. And wonderful - it means excellent, marvelous, great, capable of eliciting awe. Aren't those such nice definitions?? Heee...haha, I must have *geek* written all over me!

I'm still thinking of my favourite Malay word(s). How about you? Do you have any?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Cooking Again

Tonight I cooked Sup Tulang/Daging yang sedap. Hehe... no one else to compliment, terpaksa la puji diri sendiri. Cooking is pleasurable and wonderful. I started cooking again quite often for the past two months as mom in law was away and I suddenly got promoted as head chef of the household. Jamie Oliver and Nigella would be proud of me. Gordon Ramsay probably would have more to comment on! Heeee....I tried my best to cook to satisfy the boys palate. Which meant quite a lot of fried chicken and fried fish. Seriously, I cooked steamed fish one night, macam ndak kena sentuh pun. And veggies.. most of the time, I'd be the one to finish it off.

But anyway, I learnt to cook mostly by trial and by watching. Most of the time, I cooked just to satisfy my own tastebuds (which is the best way of learning and practising really). Back in school days, during the holidays, I would cook lunch for my dad and help out my mom for dinner. In Manchester, I would just watch my flatmate bake cakes (which my cakes never came out right before that) and when I came back here, I tried and hey...jadi!! I loved watching those cooking shows as well - a lot of good pointers and ideas for cooking. Hmm...like, did you know if you add in ice to your flour batter, it'll make the fried food crispier? Yep, I learnt that from Ready, Steady, Cook! And when whipping, what do soft peaks and stiff peaks look like - learnt it from Jamie Oliver!

I remember cooking curry with the boys the very first time in the UK. Haha...it didn't quite taste right and everyone kept asking, what more to add? Then, there were my usual cook outs with my friend Sabrina. Sabrina had a rented room in this lovely house in Lufbra and her landlady had this small dog that used to sit around in the kitchen. Imagine me the scaredy cat, I was worried the little fella was gonna pounce on me anytime. He never though! In the UK, I learnt to cook and love broccoli and salmon. I learnt to love cheese and mayonnaise. Seriously, before that I would be eating tuna with chilli sauce!

And cooking on the beach at OBS during our Kursus Induksi. That is one memory and experience I will always remember. The rice and fish turned out so delicious! Haha...probably because we were too tired and hungry from the hiking.

I have quite the sweet tooth, so I like sweet dishes. I like cooking honey chicken or ayam masak kicap (yang manis). These are my usual dishes if already mati kutu, don't know what else to cook. Even curries and rendang, I always add brown sugar for added sweetness. But tonight's sup daging tidak la manis. I love baking too but my only problem is that I love eating it as well. So the cakes or kuih would most probably be walloped by yours truly juga. Anyway, what else to cook for tomorrow ah?

(500) Days of Summer

...is one of the movies I watched this year that I liked. It is also one of Ben Lyon's (of Channel E!) top ten movies of the year. Light and simple, just as I like my movies. We are warned from the start though that this is not your typical love story or romance movie. The tagline goes:

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't.

The movie also starts out with a narrator saying:

The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman. B**ch.

Haha!! It's an interesting movie, romantic and humorous at times, meaningful and definitely with moments one (who is in love) can relate to. Watch it if you can!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tis the Season to be Jolly

It's that time of the year again! Here's wishing all my friends a very Merry Christmas and a jolly jolly New Year. Enjoy the holidays, drive safe and don't eat too much. Hope you get what you wish for. xoxo.

One Dollar Laptop?

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Have you finished your shopping? It's December after all, a lot of excuses to go shopping. Kids will be going back to school soon, Year End Sales are on and oh yeah, there's that little celebration called Christmas as well! My birthday was last week and this year I forgot to do one of my favourite activities - writing out my birthday wishlist! In hopes that some kind soul would be listening in (or rather reading) on my quiet wishes (more like hints..) and get me those items. Heeee...well, it saves them some time to think about what to get anyway!

I heard that the city is pretty packed though. Since last week, many people have been saying it's suicide to drive into the city. Unless, you are one of those people who don't mind being in a standstill for half an hour or so. Haahaaa, we KKian's have got it good actually. We moan and groan about being stuck in traffic for half an hour. Those people in bigger cities like KL are doing it on a daily basis and on longer duration! It's a worry though and I'm hoping we don't turn into grumpy road raging people like them.

Well, of course these days we have alternatives bah! Online shopping, gang! Heeheee. Local online sites and international ones are mostly very reliable in their deliveries and they have a good variety of stuff to chose from. If you are looking for bargains, most site have sales as well or you can try your luck at auction sites. One such site to check out is Bidazzled. It is a new online auction site with a cause. Bidazzled supports a lung cancer charity called The Ruch Foundation, selling branded, new, top name products at incredibly low prices in auctions that start for as low as 18 cents. Imagine winning a brand new laptop at just 1 dollar! It's possible! In order to start Bidazzling, one has to register as a bidder, for which you will receive complimentary bids to start out with. Even if you take part in a bid and don't win, you will receive bonus bids as a thank you for participating and to be used in future bids. They have a lot of other exclusive offers and highlights going on as well. Sounds fun and you don't have to burn out your wallet shopping at the same time. Bidazzled is currently only open to North American residents. Wouldn't it be great if we have something like this here too! Then instead of having to battle it out in traffic, you'd only need to let your wrist and fingers do the work.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping you lot!


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Annual Year End Lunch

Had lunch with my lovely friends yesterday plus one little lady known as Nurul Alice Cullen :) Haha... yeah, it was just the four of us. So, it wasn't a big lunch as the title might imply but still, it was our annual year end lunch. Here's us at last year's session. Forgot to take pictures yesterday.


And so we have resolved to try our best at having this annual year end gathering and to meet up more next year. Just to catch up and laugh and chill, really. I think it's things like this that keep me sane. Little gatherings with friends. Knowing that I am not alone.


Bumped into another friend as we were leaving and she asked me, 'Kau rindu kawan lama?' (Miss your old friends) and my reply was a quick, 'Iya bah..' hehehe... and I actually love listening to them talk about their research work, what they are up to, how things are like at the uni. Just as I also enjoy reading, seeing and hearing about the successes and achievements of other friends there - completing their phds, winning awards, being published. Tumpang gembira dan bangga. Just as I know these two ladies are working so hard to achieve and that they will/are doing great things now. And raising families at the same time!


Looking forward to many more gatherings next year. xoxo

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eat Pray Love

I'm currently reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and I am feeling inspired! And energized! I feel like I need to do something right this moment. I feel like I need to go out and find myself a nice little loft where I can make my ashram and sit the whole day to read and write. I feel like I can run around the neighbourhood right now in my kain sarung. Haah! Well, maybe not!

I just started reading it and a lot of what she is saying is resonating with me. Like how doing something shouldn't necessarily be about practical application. Like her wanting to learn Italian despite everyone saying that it has no use. Italian is only spoken in Italy, they say! But what about the beauty and pleasure and excitement it brings to her, that has to speak for something. Rather than just having to do something for its practically.

I love her petition to God and how just believing it made things better and got something to happen - that's the law of attration for you.

I love the little details that she notices and writes about. I may be kidding myself here to say that she's just like me! I love subtle details and little surprises and gems that I think not everybody would notice.

Point is, reading just a bit of her book has got me this excited. Noticed the sudden number of blog posts the past few days? I am feeling inspired, Ok I already said that. BUT I am!
Thank you sis in law for finding this book for me. I hope it was pre-loved and the previous owner was as much excited about it as I am.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It Takes Time

All good things takes time to flourish, would you agree? Well, I believe so. You can't expect something to take off in just one or two days, in some cases, even a year or two is still not enough. But if you truly believe in what you are doing, if you just persist and persevere despite the taunts and everyone telling you otherwise, then it will surely pay off, no?

We visited hubby's aunt's cafe this afternoon. It's a little corner cafe at Wisma Sabah. A location that one might question and wonder about. Well, to quote the aunty herself, when they first started it was hard to even sell off a few plates of nasi lemak. Daily and monthly earnings weren't much. Little did she know that there would be this massive development called Suria Sabah right next door! And now, the nasi lemak isn't enough, daily earnings are high, and they even open til late in the evening to cater for all the sudden traffic of people in the area!

So, persistence pays ya. Things take time. Don't hang in your towels too quick. Don't listen to those people who say you can't do it. Who ask you to go do something they deem is better and the norm. Who actually don't know squat about what you are doing and never take the time to hear you out. You never know when a Suria Sabah will land smack bang right next to you. You never know where it could lead you. Just hang in there and believe that good things will follow. I believe.

Cerita Melayu

I caught this show called Ghost on 8tv last weekend, a dual language local tv drama. I have glimpsed it before but didn't dare watch because of the title. Takut. But last Sunday, I watched it - what I presume to be a re-run, I still don't know when it actually airs - and I was captivated. To the point that I was still thinking about it the next day. The main star is Cheryl Samad and there's also Anding (don't know his full name but he was one of the former AF stars).

It's seldom that I find local shows worthy of merit. But this one is exactly the type that I have always liked and wished we had more of. It was modern, it was intriguing and it had non of that usual Malay style over the top drama. You know, the kind with overacting, screaming and fighting, etc. Well, there have been quite a few of these modern type shows that I enjoyed in the past - hmm.. can't remember the titles! The one with Cheryl Samad and the Chinese guy, the one with Zizan & Melissa Maureen (the iklan Ponds one), there was one that was sponsored by Sony (the one with Ako Mustapha, Elaine Daly, etc)... hahaa...this is so bad, I can't remember any of their titles! Way way before that was Kopitiam, but that was more of a sitcom. Another one that I try to catch these days is Blogger Boy. Cheryl Samad also. And these shows usually air on either TV3, ntv or 8tv! When is RTM gonna follow suit and move into these type of shows. Asyik-asyik all those old fashioned dramas yang jalan cerita mesti ada gaduh-gaduh, pukul-pukul (yang tidak real), over the top acting. And the actors that do these new age type shows are more or less the same people most of the time. Can you ever imagine Cheryl Samad doing an RTM drama? Has she ever?

Speaking of these cerita Melayu, I caught an interview some time ago, of the late Yasmin Ahmad. She was asked how she felt with all the criticism and complaints of her movies. And her answer, I loved. She said, 'Why is it that all those Malay dramas that portray husband and wife fighting, the husband hitting the wife, divorce, etc..accepted by people when all they seem to portray is hate and bad things?' Some of those complaints against her movies are those scenes where a husband and wife bathe together (Rabun?) and another scence where the husband and wife laugh and play and chase each other around (Sepet). She continued that her intention in those movies was to portray love. Why is that not acceptable? She said that she believes that God judges us by our intentions and her intention was just to portray love. I loved her answer.

I managed to watch Sepet and Mukhsin in the few weeks preceding Yasmin Ahmad's passing. Both are beautiful movies. I loved those subtle little touches of hers, one that you may only notice if you are looking. I forgot how romantic Jason was in Sepet, I cried when I watched it again. I loved that little cameo by Jason (it's easier to call him this) & Amani in Mukhsin. There should be more of these type of movies and shows, don't you think?

Oh, I have to mention this other thing. I caught a bit of this Malay drama whilst I was waiting for hubby at the airport the other day. There was this guy, dressed in Silat attire, sitting at a waterfall, meditating and he proclaimed (in translation) 'Oh God, with your consent, I will you to show me the Keris Bima Sakti and its powers...' something like that... and lo and behole, the Keris appeared in the waterfall before his very eyes! Tidak ka something like syirik tu? And the station that broadcast it has no qualms about this and people actually watch it! :O

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yesterday

As Vanessa Carlton sang Just a day, just an ordinary day...What did I do yesterday? I spent the morning at home with my darling Yasmin, who woke up at a record 5am to play with her new Sweet Secret toys. I kept asking her, Are you sleepy? You can take a nap if you want to. But she was not having any of it and kept calling out to me as I tried to send some e-mails, 'No mommy! Don't use the computer!', 'Mommy, quick! Play with this toy!' Hehe...habis aku!

I went out for a meeting at noon. Closed a deal which was OK but I'm not too happy with myself for giving into the person's request. I should have stood my ground better. Then went to pick up printing at Kolombong when the dark clouds that were surrounding the city finally gave in. It started to rain. Very heavily. Got my package and sometime later, driving in the car, they played GreenDay's Time of Your Life on the radio. One of my favourites. I love those lines

another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
time drives you by the wrist directs you where to go
so make the best of this task and don't ask why
it's not a question but a lesson learnt in time
it's something unpredictable but in the end it's right
i hope you had the time of your life


This song always gets me thinking about my life and where I'm going. A little later, I switched to my cd and there was James Morrison singing Please Don't Stop the Rain. Heh..

Drove to Kompleks Karamunsing to pick up a cheque and do some deliveries. It was still raining cats and dogs plus it was crazy congested. So many people, so many cars. In the car, I remembered thinking about the authors Paulo Coelho and Elizabeth Gilbert (I just got her book Eat Pray Love!). I thought of how captivating these two are and how I wished I could write like them. 4th floor parking in Karamunsing was full and after going around a few times I decided to just park on the 5th floor and brave it through the rain eventhough I had to bring some papers with me. Didn't have any bag or plastic bag and had to improvise to keep the papers dry. Made it. Pheww. On my way back, it was still running. I was about to run for it to my car when a guy stopped and looked at me and offered to walk me with this umbrella. Hmm.. nice gesture but I just said no thanks, I was OK. Just a little rain.

Was due to pick up hubby at the airport. He was on a day trip to Tawau for a meeting. 3pm he called and said the flight was delayed. Because of the weather in KK. Tawau was fine. Ended up arriving around 430pm. We had a little late afternoon meal at Grace Point then drove home.

Night time was spent watching the Biggest Loser Asia and me wondering how I managed to gain back at the weight I lost last year. Yep, don't be surprised by a ballooned up me, if you see me around town. That would be me and not my evil twin. Actually, I do know how I gained the weight - cakes, roti kahwin, nasi lemak and nasi gorengs for the past 6 months or so! *Sigh* Must do something. I'm starting to feel some joint pains. Perhaps it's because of the weight, perhaps it's the ageing. *Double sigh*

That's about it that I can remember about yesterday's thoughts. Why does it matter anyway? Well, yesterday I turned 33. And who knows maybe someday, I'd be thinking back to what I was doing when I turned 33, what were my thoughts and who was I then. Yep, just another day but all the same, memorable in its own way I guess.

This post was meant to be written on the 15th. Ended up writing it on the 16th, hence the title Yesterday. But only just finishing it and posting it now on the 18th.

Friday, December 11, 2009

For the TVholics

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Yes, my name is Linachu and I am a TVholic. I watch a lot of TV. I always have. Since I was a wee little girl, I always loved movies and tv shows. I grew up on shows like Eight is Enough and Silverspoon and Growing Pains and The Facts of Life. Haha, remember those? What classics. Even in my boarding school days, there was always time in between prep classes and lights off, to sneak in a little bit of Falcon Crest or Anne of Green Gables or Life Goes On. Weekends and holidays would be spent.. you guessed it, in front of the TV! And what more when Astro made its way to our shores, Hallelujah! My life could not be more complete. Heeee!

And how about now, you ask? Have I managed to free myself of this addiction? Did I make it through TVholics Anonymous? Hehe... Are you kidding? Of course not! I still watch as much TV as I used to. That is... when the little girl is not demanding for her Playhouse Disney and Cartoon Network, when there are no footie matches on that the hubby just must watch, when I'm not off doing all the house chores, when I'm not too tired to do so... Hah! So OK, I'm not the TV queen that I used to be.

I watch what I can, when I can. And there are still so many great shows going on now that I just have to catch up on them when I can. House, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl are my must sees. Then of course there are my favourite reality shows - The Amazing Race, Project Runway and oh I just saw Giuliana & Bill the other day. Sigh - Bill Rancic is still hot! Then there are those other shows that I watch just to fill my time.. my current favourite game show is Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Hehe...

Ondemand

If only we have something like Charter Digital's On Demand here. It's free to access and there are over 6,000 movies and shows to watch anytime you want. No waiting, no schedules. If you missed one of your favourite shows, they are available here the day after they air on TV. Free! Ain't that cool. You can learn more at charter.net/ondemand. It's also perfect for your kids when they just can't wait for the next airing of their favourite cartoon shows! Then both mommies and kiddies will be happy bunnies. Well OK, daddies too I guess! As a bonus, you can also get updates and fun extras on Charter’s Facebook page. With something like this, no doubt, the TV queen can reign supreme again! Hehehe...

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Pancakes

I made pancakes for breakfast this morning. I've been thinking about it for a while now since we have some yummy maple syrup that sis-in-law brought back from the USofA. And so this morning, I finally made them. Hubby gave some exagerated compliments (mesti ada something ni...hehe) but I still haven't manage to get it into those plump, fluffy, gebu pancakes that I always see in magazines or in ads. Mine seem limp and thin and flat. Even with the addition of baking soda that many have said is the ingredient to fluffiness. I think it's all about the consistency. Guess I still need to do some experimenting on this.

Anyway, remember I told you about that teacher that wanted to add me on his FB list. I still haven't responded. But something happened that sort of made me realize why I had doubts about adding him in the first place.

Probably two weeks back, a friend had posted on her status that she managed to make the perfect pancakes! Voilaa..being the pancake perfectionist wannabe that I am, I replied to her post asking her what was the secret. What was her recipe? A perfectly simple and innocent reply in my mind. A couple of days later the teacher posted a reply after mine which was seemingly dedicated to myself instead of pancake maker friend. He wrote something of this sort

Belajar tinggi-tinggi, nak buat lempeng pun nak berguru? Pergi la cari formula kimia sendiri. Tutup la universiti kalau macam ni.

Seriously! He wrote that. OMG! I was gobsmacked. I hate, hate, hate this sort of comment. Urghh! My gosh, I was just asking about a recipe. Something normal women, people do. What relevance is it on my qualifications or work experience that he has to make a comment like that? You were my teacher and that was that. Now we're all adults and I'm not in school anymore to have to listen and accept snide comments like that! I don't want to have to read such comments each and everytime I post something trivial (as I often do) on my FB. So maybe he has his good intention in saying so.. but it just didn't come off well for me. And so, Mr Teacher Sir, at the sake of being labelled sombong again, I just don't think I'm gonna add you on for now!

Owhh..what started out as a beautiful post about fluffy pancakes turned into a rant. Had to vent. Promise more cheerful and fluffy posts soon.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

For Everything Else, There's Mastercard..

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It's the end of the year again. My my, hasn't this year just flown by in a jiffy. Seems like just a while ago that we were saying hello to the new year, getting used to writing down 2009 in our dates and look now, Christmas decorations are already all around and children are off on school holidays.

Speaking of this holiday season, wouldn't it be a great time to get away on a break, take some time off to relax and recharge before the new year dawns upon us again? Were would your ideal holiday destination be? There are many great places that I can think of that I would love to visit - Singapore, HongKong, Thailand, Australia, even our good old Kuala Lumpur! Shopping, sightseeing, taking in the local cuisine, the local vibes, enjoying the fact that you can take it slow whilst the rest of the world seems to go on like clockwork. Hmmm..Just the thought of it gives me a breath of fresh air.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Hello December

It's my favourite month of the year!
Well, hello there December
I'm happy you are here.
I'm hoping you bring me some answers
(to my own questions),

a whole load of strength to continue doing
what I am doing,

a lighter shoulder,
the opportunity to dream and love again,
more moments of laughter and joy,
and well...OK, some actual gifts would be lovely too!

Oh sweet December, please make my wishes come true.

He's a Doctor

I'm 33 this year and frankly speaking, just too old to be having a crush. But I can't help it. It's this cutie that has got me palpitating.

The main reason that I watch the show House. Although if he left..I would probably still watch it because it is brilliant but I'd be very very very very sad. Did y'all know that Jennifer Morrison has left the show, by the way? Tsk tsk for Chameron but oh well, thankfully Chase is still there and back on the team = more scenes compared to last season's sneeze-and-you'll-miss-him scenes.

Also thankful that someone in this world wide web universe actually has a blog dedicated to this favourite doctor of mine so that I can feast my eyes on new pictures of him daily. Heeee! Look at these:
This is very recent! Love the shorter hair! Love the t-shirt!

If you look past the cutie doc for just one smidgeon on a second, you'll notice on the wall, a picture of Hugh Laurie looking kinda like a drag queen from his Blackadder days!

Nahh..33 is not too old to have a crush! Look at all those ladies, most of em mommies - who are going gaga over a certain vampire or werewolf... at least this one's a doctor! Heeeeeee

Pics taken from http://community.livejournal.com/jessepixdaily

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Life is Short, Don't Forget to Say I Love You

I'm in disbelief and saddened by this news of an accident that involved family members of a friend. You read or hear bout this type of news all the time, but you never think it can or will happen to someone you know. My heart has skipped a beat everytime I read the updates on this accident. Hoping for good news. Still hoping and praying. It is such a reminder of how short life is and can be. You will never know when the last thing you do is the last thing you do. The last hug or kiss, the last smile, the last words you say. Make sure they are good. And don't forget to say I love you.

To my friend Paival, my heart and thoughts go out to you and your family. May Allah give you strength in this time of need.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Of Teachers

One of my former teachers added me as a friend on Facebook. I haven't confirmed it yet. Somehow I feel a little different about adding former teachers onto my friends list. Entah la kenapa. It's not that I had problems with that particular teacher. In fact, I'd have to say he was one of the most memorable teachers I had from school. I guess it feels weird that they would be reading my thoughts and seeing my life after all these years. Hubby asked, why is it different than me adding my former students? I guess there's not much difference, except that most of my former students were of a closer age gap, more or less the same generation and the proximity and relationship was different, most of them were more like my adiks or peers or actual friends even.

While we're on this subject, there is this one lady that sends her daughter to Yasmin's school. I'm pretty sure she was one of my former students from uni. The couple dozen of times that we have bumped into each other, she has never made any contact at all. I'm pretty sure she does see me and know me. Not that I feel she should or needs to acknowledge me. Perhaps she hated my subject or hated my guts. So it's OK. I don't mind the no contact at all. Maybe I will say Hi to her someday.

On this subject of teachers, I guess if you want to be remembered by your students, then you should hope to be remembered in a good way. When I just started working the uni, there was this one former teacher, who was then a lecturer in a local teachers training college (coincidentally the one where my father was the principal!). This teacher was also coaching sports for students at the uni. I had seen him a couple of times at the uni and even once at one of my father's office function. But I didn't talk to him. Frankly, I was shy, didn't really know what to say and all. Quite some time after that, I heard - can't remember if it was from my father or my friends - that this teacher had said I was sombong. Arrogant. Cocky. Ouch, I was embarassed. Sad. I didn't want to be labeled that way.

I got to thinking about this again recently. You know what, that said teacher - he was one mean fellow. Let me put it this way - the very first time (and I can still remember this clearly) he came into our class, he scolded all of us and made us all stand on our tables for no reason but the fact that there was no teacher in class and everyone was just sitting around talking and all. He scared the bejeezers out of me! And in his class, well..no doubt he was a good teacher, he was interesting but he also gave out crazy and embarassing punishments. So you exschoolmates will surely know who I am talking about once you read this - for his exams, you had to get marks above 75%, otherwise you had to run the school field in your school uniform! How many rounds, I can't remember! I had to do this once - in my baju kurung - it was embarassing but it seemed second nature to all our seniors who entertained themselves looking at our performance. And after that - wuiii, terus aku score above 75% each time! But then in class itself, he made us do things like sing on stage..alone.. (I had to do this!) and say things like, 'Aku tidak suka barang kau..aku tidak mau barang kau' referring to exchanging things using barter system. Other classes had punishments of berjalan itik, etc. My point is..the guy was a meanie!

And so, when I first heard him say that I was sombong - yes, I was ashamed, I was sad. But now that I think of it - the guy didn't exactly score enough brownie points to be remembered as a great teacher. And so, so what if I didn't want to talk to him? Can you blame me? You were my teacher, you taught me well, I got a good grade in your subject but you also scared the heck out of me and put me in numerous embarassing situations. So, do forgive me that I do not really want to talk to you much.

Do teachers these days still do those kind of things? I think it may have been acceptable back then but the recent cases of ragging and bullying in schools have surely put a stop or lessened this type of thing from happening. Parents are also more vocal these days and any type of punishment or extreme actions by teachers are sure to be met with lots of complaints and even legal action.

So the gist of what I want to say is this... if you are a teacher and you want to be remembered and respected by your students, then do unto them as you would want them to do unto you someday. Teach them, share and grow with them, build a relationship with them, respect them. I think I did as much or tried my best to do so when I was teaching. At least I hope so. And for sure I wouldn't go calling any of them sombong if they don't want to talk to me. That's their prerogative.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tony Buzan & Nando Parrado

Tony Buzan added me as a friend on Facebook!! *Smitten* Haha... you wouldn't have thought huh? I attended one of his seminars in KL a few years ago. It cost a bomb..we're talking atomic bomb here...one day seminar costing more than RM1K! Seriously...but I thought I'd never have the chance again and because I really really am a fan of his mindmaps ideology and the entire concept behind it, I really wanted to go. Who knew when he'd be in KL again. Turns out a couple of months or perhaps a year later, he came again... and it was cheaper...and Tun Mahathir also attended. Hubby went for that one - lucky lucky him! But anyway, sent a friend request saying I attended one of seminars and think mindmaps are brilliant (hehe how desperate!)...well they are! And he added me! Huhuuuu!!

Equally smitten am I with one Nando Parrado. Rina smsed me tonight about an article on him in today's Berita Harian, as he was one of the speakers for this year's Youth Engagement Summit (YES 2009). I had actually heard this on radio a few weeks ago and was excited to hear that he was coming and speaking in the event. Who is he? Well, if you have watched the movie Alive (as myself and Rina have a few dozen times!), you would recognize the name as one of the characters in the movie based on the true story of a team of rugby players whose plane crashed in the Andes mountains in 1972. They survived a total of 72 days on the mountain before being rescued. Nando and his friend Roberto Canessa walked their way out of the mountains to get help. It's one of my favourite movies. Even though it is quite religious but the essence is about true human spirit and determination to survive. So OK, it doesn't hurt that Ethan Hawke plays Nando and there are some other cute fellas in there as well. Ahh, I wish I could've listened to him in person, speaking at the summit. I'm sure it was very inspiring to hear his story. I wonder if he's on Facebook..heeee!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Four

My darling baby is 4! Still my baby though...



On the phone with nenek, calling from the USofA

photos by Uncle Rozhan

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yasmin's 1st Concert

Yasmin's school had their annual concert last Sunday on the 1st November at Putera Ballroom in Kampung Nelayan. The sweet girl herself was selected to be part of a performance called The Happy Dance. Hehe.. We were quite excited to see her perform. Each time I asked her about this at home, she would shy away and deflect my question (good skill, but at such an early age?). Bought tickets for the concert for my mom and dad, hubby and myself and hubby's brothers. We were lured by the promise of good food! Tickets were 40 bucks a piece. And they were also selling photos and the concert dvd - good money making taking advantage of gullible parents who are sure to want to treasure their child's first concert, huh? Hehe...well, it's good actually. And we're not gullible, we just love our kid so much and want to treasure those memories. So OK..we can be a little gullible.

So anyway, on the day, we had to send Yasmin to school extra early. Had to be at school by 730am to get dressed in costumes and the school would arrange for their transport to the concert venue. 730am on a Sunday is EARRRLY even for the parents! Had to remind her over and over the night before that I would be waking her up early the next day for the concert. And she says, 'Yes mommy'.

We arrived at the Kampung Nelayan just after 9am, thinking we were late. Turns out, the kids haven't even arrived there. Neither were any of the teachers from the school there to show us where to sit. The organisation was a little kelam kabut. We just decided to sit at an unmarked table and later (very much later were told to move to another one). They started late - almost an hour late - on account of the VIP's late arrival. And oh my, the VIP gave a really lousy, messy, uninspiring, winding, unprepared speech full of political huhhah about the government's agenda and 1Malaysia and all.. It was sooooooo long and sooooo painful to hear. Not graceful at all. We were only there to watch Yasmin perform really... And I think so were the other parents, they were there to see their child. No one really wanted to hear all that mumbo jumbo.

So the performances started... singing, dancing, tribute to Michael Jackson, etc, etc.... and then...The Happy Dance!! I was really nervous. I hadn't seen Yasmin since that morning when I dropped her off at school. I hoped she was doing OK. We were even given a circular by the school advising us not to peep at the children in the changing room before their performance, for worry that some might want to run off to sit with the parents. And so we did not peep. I was worried that she might have stage fright, that she might be shocked to see such a big stage and so many people in front watching, that she might freeze or run off the stage. And that people might go, 'Alaaa kesiannya budak tu..' or they might laugh.

And then they get on stage. The first thing was trying to identify her amongst all the kiddies wearing the same attire. They were dressed in gold, some wearing pants, some wearing shorts and skirts. And we spot her right in the front line! Wearing a bandanna..and my first thoughts are, 'Wow, that's amazing that she didn't take it off..' She usually doesn't like stuff on her head, no clips or headbands or anything. And she's cool. Just standing there waiting for the music to start.


And when it starts...off she goes!! Dancing dengan begitu confident dan bersemangat sekali!! Whooaaa...she remembered all the steps. Really was a happy dance. I was sooo amazed. And proud. No stage fright at all. I think she's a born performer! She does love music and singing and dancing at home and at school, so the teachers told me. And that was it...5 minutes on stage, an adorable performance and a beaming mommy and daddy!

Oh, there was one kid...who was crying all throughout her performance. Just stood there, froze and cried the whole time. Loudly and obviously too! Ooohh...that was what I was afraid of! Then there were other kids ni, that danced dengan selambanya saja...like as though they were thinking 'hmmm whateverrr...' hehehe... I guess you can't expect any perfect performances at this age! The imperfections and spontaneity makes it perfect and real.

And look at this... don't you think this is just...wrong?

Well, after that...we just lingered on for the food really...good thing it tasted good, the only thing was it was buffet so we had to berbaris punya la panjang, macam zaman sekolah dulu dulu. But all in all, it was a good and memorable day indeed.

photos courtesy of Uncle Rozhan

I Can See Clearly Now..

They say that the eyes are your window to the world and indeed, of all the senses that we are gifted with, I feel that eyesight - being able to see all the wonders of life, all the vibrant and calming colours of mother nature, being able to see a simple smile that can light up your entire day - is the most valuable. And I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy this gift. I couldn't imagine what it is like for those who do not have this. Though most often, they will be gifted in other ways.

During my second year of uni, I started noticing that I would be walking and I couldn't recognize the person walking towards me, waving from afar. And I thought, 'Ho boy...it must be all those sitting-close-to-the-tv moments catching up on me at last. It was initially tolerable. I could still see. I could still make up the writings of my lecturers on the board. No biggie I thought. I was in denial and dreaded the thought of having to wear glasses. Urgh! I can't remember what finally nudged me in the direction of the optometrist but I do remember feeling so so sad when I was told that my eyes weren't suitable for contact lenses (because of the cool dry climate in the UK). The moisture level was not sufficient, said the nice looking optician dude. Awww...and so, seemed there was no choice but to go for glasses. I waited til I was back in Malaysia to get them though - cost a bomb in the UK.

And so from then on, it was me and my glasses. My glasses and me. And my eyes went steadily downhill with an addition of at least 50 in the power, each year. Now it has somewhat stabilized and I am at 375 on both eyes. Oh, I started wearing contacts when I got back to Malaysia though - very the vain kan, I figured the weather here is humid, won't really dry my eyes out plus the optician never seemed to comment on this when I got checked. But still... gone were those days where I could see, clearly..on my own. I miss that freedom.

When I first heard of Lasik, I was all 'Eeeeee!!! Laser treatment?? On the eyes?? Eeeeeee!! Safe, meh??' That was then but now it has become a well known and recognized option. I gradually started accepting this idea ... and now, I would be all for it... if, erm..I had the finances. Freedom from glasses and contacts - yes I would want that! I know a couple of friends who have done it and yes, their procedures went well and they seem content. I could imagine that it would improve the quality of my daily life and activities to an extent.

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Thistle JB

I won a 2 nights stay voucher at Thistle Hotel in JB, courtesy of Mix FM. This is the 3rd time I've won something from them, lucky huh. Received an email about a month ago saying that I was the lucky winner and to furnish my mailing address. And last week, the voucher arrived. Sayangnya, it is valid until the end of November only and since I am unlikely to be going to JB in this month, I decided to give the thing away. Well, first I checked with my parents..since they go to JB quite often too, but they said not in November. So I announced it on my FB profile and will be mailing it to the lucky friend who responded. I checked the hotel's website and wooahh..it looks niiice! Tidak pa laa.. next time...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

They're Here!

I bought these via e-bay about a month ago and they just arrived yesterday! Crocs Beach Ruby Red Large. I have been wanting them for some time now and finally decided to get them after a couple of times browsing through e-bay sites. These were bought using my secret stash, money I have never seen and touched, money from my paypal account received mostly from writing up reviews on my blog. Hehe! They were shipped from HongKong and I had to e-mail the sellers twice because it took such a long time to arrive, I thought it might have gotten lost somewhere or worse, that the sellers were bogus! But alas they are here.

Now I know they are some Crocs haters out there. Some who think they are funny looking or that they are just rubber. Well.. it is funny looking, it is just rubber...but I for one, like it! See...my feet don't look too huge in them, right? Doesn't look clownish at all. So far I am loving em! They are so light and because it is meant to be worn loose fitting..it sometimes feels like you're not wearing shoes at all. I love the airy feeling. I like that they can be worn as clogs. And I like that they are easily washable and dry-able.

It took me quite some time to decide what colour to get. I was torn between the many lovely colours. Well, since they are Crocs after all and that they are already outrageous and bold and since I love red, I decided on this colour. So if you see some girl walking around town in red rubber shoes - I don't think there are very many.. - and KK is such such a small place (if you think about it) - nah maybe saya la tuh! Oohh..I need to get me some jibbitz now!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pimp Ma Ride

Recognize this? Yes, a cassette! I'm one of those people who still has a cassette player in my car. Nope, I don't even have one of those fm modulator pendrive thingamajiggy thingies. Most of the time, I'd just listen to the radio. The other day, I decided to give one of my old Anuar Zain cassette a go. It was fine at first. Then came that awful awful screeching sound, you know... the one that tends to come out when you've played the cassette a tad too much or you've left it in the scorching car for a bit. Tidak siok betul, this is the disadvantage with cassettes. Well, thankfully..we are supposed to have passed that era, right?
I love this analogy of how when a better delivery system comes, we'd all flock to the shops to buy the same things again and again. Beatles cassette collection already at home, they come out with cd... buy! Then.. they have the digitally remastered collection...buy again! Then...someone suggest you get the digital version from iTunes...buy la again! You've got to get with the times, right? Tidak mahu la (terlalu) ketinggalan zaman.

So anyway, my dad newly installed a dvd/cd player/entertainment system in his car and offered to hand down the old cd player to me. So yeiiy! Bulih la pasang yang ini pulak..

Hubby said the next step would be to get the full entertainment system thingy complete with screen to watch in the car. And my answer... woho! Not yet la. I'm opposed to the whole driving with a tv screen thing at the moment - tidak ka distracting tu? I remember, when they started making handphones with cameras, I was opposed to it too! Haha...I was all like, a phone is a phone and a camera should just be a camera! But look now, almost all handphones come with cameras. And yours truly, has to be in too mah.. It took some time for me to accept the idea but I love it now. So, give it a couple years...when everyone is already driving around with those screens in their cars, then I'd probably go 'Hmm..maybe I should get one of those..' Heh!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Back To Earth

When I was small, I didn't understand this phrase - Sembahyanglah sebelum kamu disembahyangkan. Translated it means perform your prayers before prayers are performed on you. I thought it meant something like if you didn't do your prayers, someone was actually going to carry you and make you move to do them. Silly huh. It was quite sometime later that I saw those wordings again on a large billboard near a mosque that it suddenly dawned on me. The meaning. And everytime I see or hear the phrase, I am reminded of that feeling of when I first realized what it meant.

And the word dikebumikan - if you really look at it and what it means, it means to send back to the earth. Back to God who created the earth.

Why so morbid?

My mom and dad took a flight to Johor yesterday morning after finding out that my Grandma was very ill and her condition had worsened. Mom said they arrived 15 minutes late. She had passed away. I asked mom how dad was, she said of course he's sad. My dad rarely shows his emotions. He doesn't talk much about his past and family too. I know he cares in his own way and so I hope he mourns and copes well in his own way too.

I was never really close to her and our relatives in Johor. The last time I visited them was probably before I got married, on one of our short family trips there. Last night I even struggled to remember what her name was, I wasn't sure. How bad of me. Mom said Grandma had been bedridden for almost 7 years, sakit tua. On our last visit there, she was still up and about but weak and with failing memory. I guess it's the circle of life.. all of life is transitory, we go back to the earth at one point or another.

Please say a verse of Alfatihah for her for me.

PS..her name was Rahmah bt Abdullah

Saturday, October 03, 2009

OHM!

This is a bit of promotion and also self testimonial. I was fasting on Thursday and I woke up to sahur with a tumbler of water and one pack of Agel OHM. OHM is a concoction of Vitamin B, minerals and ginseng which is good for energy and mental focus. A friend had mentioned that she took it during fasting month and it really helped to give her good energy levels. So I thought I'd try it out. The result - yes, amazingly..I felt a good constant level of energy throughout the day. None of the usual mid morning hunger pangs. By lunchtime, tummy was just a little rumbly but not as significant as usual. No dull, tired feeling. Felt good. Bagus la nih kalau berpuasa..especially for those yang malas mau bangun makan sahur. Would be good for non puasa times too, when you need a good level of energy and focus.

OHM does make me feel a little heaty whenever I take it and this is because it also acts to convert food and fat in the body into energy. Wah wah!! Don't you think that's fab! Another friend did mention this product helped her to lose weight as well. More energy and lose weight at the same time? Isn't that on every girl's wishlist??

For more info on OHM, check this out

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Bye-bye George

Knew it was coming but still sad to see him go. Bye-bye George OMalley! You were the lovable dork that every show needs.

PS..AMAZING Race tonight! Weepeeekaiyeiyyy

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thankful

Woke up to this magnificent view on Wednesday. The whole family took a short trip to Kundasang, we stayed at Kinabalu Pine Resort and this is the view from our room's balcony. This must have been at just around 6am. It was bright and windy, beautiful and breezy. There was no way one could sleep in and miss this early morning scene of the whole mountain and valley waking up together to greet the brand new day. Even Yasmin woke up around 630am, much much earlier than her usual wake up time.

Hubby was already awake before it was bright, setting up his camera to capture the daybreak. I did my subuh prayers bundled in my warm fleece jacket and socks. The icy cold water fresh and tingly on my skin. I then took the chance to enjoy the quiet time, got myself a cup of hot water and just sat on the balcony, watching in awe of the scene unfolding before me. I had no troubles to think about at that particular moment in time. All was good. I thanked God for being able to be there. To be able to breathe in that morning breeze. For a lot of things that I have taken for granted all this time. It was a good morning.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Passion & Dreams

Once upon a time ago, I dreamt that if I were to ever open a cafe or ice cream parlour or any other business, I would name it Passion & Dreams. I would call it so as the business would have been born out of both my sheer passion and dreams. I thought it had a nice ring to it - doesn't it sound like an ice cream flavour or something you would call a dessert?

Well, I don't have a cafe or ice cream parlour or any shop in business....yet. But passion and dreams continue to linger in my mind and ignite my soul in everything that I do. Don't you think that they are two very essential ingredients that everyone should have in their life? A life lived without any passion or any dreams, seems unimaginable to me. Going by day to day without feeling excitement, any inate need or urge to fill your life with something you really really love, seems a life incomplete, a life of just existing without really living.

I am a dreamy person. I got my head up in the clouds most of the time. Dreaming about the life I want, the things I want to achieve, the people I want to be with when I do. It's a lovely state to be in. More than often, something would happen to pop me out of my bubble and back to reality. It may get me down for a while, I look it in the eye, let it through and then, there I am dreaming again.

I know my dreams but I am still working on my passions. What are the things that I truly absolutely love? Come to think of it, what are my hobbies? And not just something like reading or collecting stamps or listening to music, something that you would have written in your biodata in school. (Oh, no offence stamp collectors ya..what with everything going electronic these days, I believe you are a rare breed and your stamps must be worth a thousands). Your passion has to be something specific. Why do we need to identify our passion? Because it may lead you to realize what you really want to do in life, something you would be happy doing all the rest of your life. Remember that Confucius saying 'Enjoy your work and you'll never work a day in your life'. That's what I'm getting at and that's what I want to really find out.

I read in an article that your job can be classified to be in one of three categories. It can be just a job, it can be a career or it can be a calling. If you're just clocking in day in and day out, just going through the motions and be happy to receive your paycheck at the end of the month, it's a job. If you are constantly thinking about improving yourself and your situation and you have the means to do so, you have a career. If you are doing something you feel absolutely passionate about, it's your calling. For many of my friends in the academic line, they are in this category. To be able to stay in a jungle for months on, to study animal faeces, to live, breath, eat, sleep that subject matter - that's a calling! So which is you? Well, I'm writing this mostly for myself. What I am doing now, I do not consider as a calling. Or can it be? Like I said, I'm still figuring things out, figuring out myself.

Eid's Here

Wishing everyone Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir & Batin

from,

Friday, September 18, 2009

Today's Wisdom

Yes She Will

At last night's buka puasa gathering, Yasmin started climbing onto the sliding door grills to which Uncle said, 'Let her...she's going to be an athlete..like her dad'

Yes, I believe so, she will. Looking at her traits and personality now, she will also be a musician, a dancer, a singer, a gamer (oh dear!), a curious and energetic person who speaks brilliant English. She will be all that and more. And my greatest challenge as her mother will be to encourage her and not to stifle any of these traits and abilities. To not worry what other people would think but to help her be her own person, to know herself and to nourish her passions.

As for mommy, even at almost 33, I'm still figuring out who I am, what I want and my purpose in this universe.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Hello Fall...

...that's autumn in the States. Also known as that time of the year when a multitude of shows return to the small screen and a gazillion more make their debut, hoping to find their place in the already packed universe of tvland.

Here's a list of returning shows and their respective dates, listed categorically by television without pity dot com, as either the best or worst returning shows this fall. Take note and set your bitcomets or bittorrents, people!

Worst:
90210 (Sept 8)
Heroes (Sept 21)
Grey's Anatomy (Sept 24)
Smallville (Sept 25)
Desperate Housewives (Sept 27)
Private Practice (Oct 1)

Ouch! So OK, I don't follow 90210. I do think it is a tad crappy and juvenile, not nearly as happening as the original 90210 was 10 years ago. But oh no! Look at all those other shows listed... With the exception of Smallville and Desperate Housewives, which I only watch when I happen to catch them but which I love, actually... I do follow Heroes and Grey's and Private Practice! OK OK... I have to admit that the previous season of Heroes started off well but it all went downhill somewhere in the middle and that ending was just a bit blahh..and they killed off Nathan!! (the real one). My only reason to keep watching would be for Peter and Hiro and Ando.

And Grey's - I think it was the whole Izzie's sex with a dead guy thing last season that put it in the worst category. And the big double cliffhanger of George & Izzie in the finale, to which we already know that TR Knight will not be returning as George. I have to admit...I would still want to watch it. Worst pun....I need to know what happens! Same with Private Practise - cliffhanger ending also last season. Pregnant Violet kidnapped and about to be sliced open by one of her wacko patients.

Hopefully these shows would be better in their new seasons and bounce back.

Here are the best returning shows that I am excited about:

Best:
Supernatural (Sept 10)
Gossip Girl (Sept 14)
House (Sept 21)
THE AMAZING RACE!! (Sept 27)

So OK, I don't watch Supernatural. Just cause I'm too chicken and I don't wanna have nightmares. Even the two cutie stars aren't enough to lure me. But anyway, they are in the best category so you followers, keep on following this show!

Gossip Girl will be going to uni this coming season. I have to admit, I do think the show is a tad juvenile at times but better than 90210 for sure. There's something about it that still keeps me watching it. I'm happy that Chuck and Blair hooked up. This new season will also feature Hillary Duff and Michelle Trachtenberg coming back as Georgina. But my favourite gossip guy for sure is the still hot Rufus Humphrey aka Matthew Settle aka Spears of Band of Brothers!

House for sure will be an exciting new season. I've written that Chase and Cameron will be returning to the team, weyhey!! And with House in the cuckoo house (hmmm..), Foreman will be leading the team. Need to watch, must must watch to see what happens!

And the best, saved for last... AMAZING RACE!! Hurrrahhhh... Nothing could probably top seeing Phil in his boxers in freezing cold weather last season but it's the Amazing Race after all...sure to be more exciting places and teams and tasks this coming season. And my favourite bit - Phil's The World is Waiting for You Speech at the beginning!

Also here are two new-sounds-interesting-maybe-will-check-out shows:
Fringe (Sept 17 - returning for second season actually)
FlashForward - boasts all star cast including John Cho (Roldy!!!), Dominic Monaghan, Joseph Fiennes among others

So there you go... Happy Fall people!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Garage Sale

I'm thinking of having a garage sale to clear off some pre-loved items. Have been thinking bout this for some time now. Do we need to have any permits, etc to do garage sale? At home saja... shouldn't need one I think..Anyone know?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mutual Respect

Hubby told me about the incident in ShahAlam, whereby some people had protested the relocation of a Hindu temple to that area. The ugly thing was that they used the severed head of a cow in their protest, an animal that is held sacred in the Hindu religion. How offensive and intolerant and blatantly stupid. Whatever happened to mutual respect. Even if they wanted to hold a protest, there is no need to include it to that extent. How would they feel if a similar act were to be done to their religion and beliefs? The uproar would surely be a hundred times bigger.

I attended the official reception for the ship MV Doulos last night. Sure, it is known to be a passenger ship with Christianity at its backbone but that was never an issue for me and I'm sure for all the other visitors as well. Because there is understanding, there is mutual respect. You have your beliefs and I have mine but we can still co-exist, live and learn together and from each other. The Minister who officiated the ceremony last night said something about this. He said that in Sabah, there are about 32 ethnics living in harmony together. And why is it that we can live so? It's because we never question the other guy, 'What's your race?', 'What's your religion?'. We have always lived together and accepted each other. For once, a minister actually said something I could be proud of!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pretty Gullible

Hubby says that I can be quite gullible. And hence, I should refrain from accepting invitations to business previews or free whatever sessions since the likelihood of me ending up buying something (that I don't really need) or magically signing up as a member is supposedly high! :O He doesn't give me enough credit. But I guess there is some (just a weeee little bit) of truth in it. But I would only do so if I really reaally reaaallly like the products. The rest of the times, well..I think it's the way we've been raised to be so called polite and to jaga hati orang... it's sometimes just sooo hard to say no!

Took up an invitation from a friend last week for a free makeover session and since it was to be in Alamesra area, I took the chance to call up my hommies (hehe) at the nearby university to see if they wanted to join in. Thanks my dear Izy & Misako for joining me. Seronok juga kan? Hehe...And I'm glad these two ladies (who have been reading each other's blogs but have never met), finally did meet up. Heeee! Feels like you've known each other all this while, right? That's the great thing about this blogging thingamajiggy..orang yang tidak kenal-kenal pun, rasa macam kenal sudah kan? We had fun trying out skincare products and learning about how to apply some make-up which is supposed to be continued to another session this coming week! We complimented each other on how pretty we looked..hehe...Anyone else wanna join the next session?

Anyway, I (we) didn't end up signing up or buying anything that day. Seeeee...I'm not that gullible what! Truth is, I just filled up fuel for my car that morning and had just 2 bucks left in my purse! Hehe...The products are nice but I do so still love the skincare that I am using now. So, I'm safe...for now...I think....

Happy Merdeka Day everyone!!

FB Scam

I received this message from a friend on Facebook:

Hello,

Hope you are doing well.I had travelled to London for a seminar yesterday, Unfortunately for me,my money was stolen from the hotel that i lodged in and they made away with my wallet (which included my cash, diary and credit cards). I am so confused right now and i didnt bring my phone here along with me.Please i want you to lend me a sum £550 GBP today, just to clear my Hotel bills and re-arrange myself back home,As soon as i get home i would refund it immediately.Write me so i can let you know how to send it to me through western union money transfer since i dont have an an account here.

As I read through it, a couple of things went through my mind:
1. OMG!!!
2. I didn't even know this guy very well, how could he ask me this!
3. I lost respect of him and furthermore, he was a business contact so I thought how could I possibly work with him after this
4. I think I saw the guy playing Mafia Wars on FB like constantly the past few days... didn't seem like he was in trouble if he could still be playing it
5. Even if I wanted to, I don't have that kind of money
6. OMG! What??!!

I read this message via my e-mail actually. Luckily, I opened Facebook a while later, immediately checked the guy's status and found in CAPS an urgent message saying that he was not in London, the message is a scam, he did not send it and to ignore it. A couple of people had replied that they received it too. And I was relieved...thank goodness! All my doubts and thoughts above could be put to rest. Phew!

But how could it be sent? Someone hacked into his account? Is that possible? Or is it some kind of virus? I think this has happened before, I received a message from someone but that person later said they did not send it out - but that time, it didn't involve any money so I didn't think a big deal of it. Gosh, you can't even be safe in the comforts of your own computer desk these days. Be careful what info you put on the net, it could be used against you.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Toiletries

I live with a bunch of boys and boy, do they (sometimes) take a long time in the bathroom! Especially in the mornings. I, myself, am more of an in and out person. I don't like sitting on the loo for a long time, waiting, to see if there is any outcome. Kalau ada, ada. Kalau tiada, then tiada lah. Next visit perhaps..hehe. I certainly don't read magazines or books on the toilet seat. Showering also doesn't take long. The only time is when I wash my hair, then I'd take more time in the bathroom. The good thing about having short hair is that you'd spend less time washing it.

I'm reminded of my physics teacher in college. His name was Mr Salton, a cheeky fella. He used to roll his eyes and make fun of his 3 daughters who took so much time when washing their hair. Mind you, this is a guy who claimed that he invented the new chemical element Saltonium! Hehe..he was a laugh...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pre-Loved

We visited my friend Maria's house last week - we, as in myself and Yasmin. Yasmin instantly made herself at home, started wandering and asking, 'Mommy, what's this? What's that?' as she usually does. She started playing in their courtyard outside and found Maria's kids old bicycle and wagon. She was still playing with them as we were about to leave. Maria then said, 'You know what, you should take the wagon home for her..' Surprised, of course I politely declined. But she insisted saying that her kids are rather grown up and she sincerely wanted Yasmin to have it. She even asked her daughter Katherine and she said OK. So there...we came home with this little wagon that Yasmin now loves putting her stuff into and sometimes herself as well! It's a little run down but still solid. Hubby helped to repair one of the wheels and a small part of the handle that was broken. Maria described it as being very much pre-loved. I love that..instead of saying it is used..pre-loved meant that someone really loved and took care of that item before.

I am reminded of the movie Pay It Forward, with Haley Joel Osment and Kevin Spacey. I guess good and much loved items should be passed on to someone who might need and enjoy it as well. Imagine all those things - books, clothes, toys you just have hanging around at home. Someone could probably do with it more. Toys would certainly make some kid out there happy. Even if they are pre-loved.

PS..don't you think people are pre-loved too? Of course..before you come to be with your spouse or partner..you were most definitely loved by someone else too, right?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Good Week

I had a great week this week and last week too. What made it so was that I took the chance to catch up with a lot of friends, be it just calling them up for a chat or visiting them or making plans to meet up for tea. It was good. It really perked up my week and by Friday, I was in a jolly mood. Important for someone like me, who works mostly alone... it would be quite easy to just be alone and finish up my daily tasks and go home. Can be quite sad and lonely. Because I took that time out to catch up with friends, needless to say..my already haywire schedule was even more so. Between finishing up on deliveries and calling people and sending and picking up Yasmin from school...fuuhh, I was (to borrow a friend's expression) busy up to my eyeballs! But the good type of busy.

I met Jidon for coffee at 1B (he brought me back a copy of Coffee News from Canada!), I spoke to Rachel and Josie and Rina and Hasnah, I visited Fran and baby Kyle, I talked business - in an informal and fun way with Mr Yap of Cap Kuda Coffee, I met up with Saridah. Hmm... who did I leave out... Oh, met up with Mayra and Joe and Edma on the Saturday. I've always said that my friends keep me sane. They do!

A friend shared with me a little something about keeping your spirits up. She said that you can list down all the negative thoughts you associate with doing work or doing something on one side of a paper - and this can go on and on... busy la, time consuming, tiring, dissapointing, frustrating, etc, etc... then on the other side of the paper write in huge caps the word ACTIVITY. If you cover one side of the paper with your hand, you see all those negative things. But if you move your hand to the other side and cover that list, you have activity. You see, immersing yourself in activity will drown all those negative thoughts away. It is when we are not doing anything that's when all those negative thoughts and negative energy tends to creep up on you. So whatever it is, get your bum moving and just do something! I guess it's true. If you look closely enough, there's even something positive in what most people would consider a negative activity. Betul!

Thanks friends for making my days. Now..who should I call up next??

PS..If you would like to be called up by Linachu to share some of her positive vibes, please leave your name and number in the comments section or email me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! Heeee!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chameron

Yeiyy! Just read that Chase and Cameron will be returning to the Team for the new season of House. Finally! After being in the backbench and only featuring for little smidgeons per episode, we get to see more Chase! Weeheee...if you saw the season finale on AXN.. nice kan the Chase-Cameron wedding. And what about House huh? That segment with Amber singing was kinda creepy and the ending where House realizes that it was all in his head..tak ke macam movie Sixth Sense?? Can't wait for Sept...where the whole lot of shows will be returning again - Grey's (Oh George!!), Gossip Girl, Private Practise - my nights will have meaning again..

Monday, August 17, 2009

Masih Aku Terasa

Edited

I was driving this morning and tuned in to Hot FM. They played one of my favourite Malay songs - Masih Aku Terasa by Gersang. Haven't heard it in a long time. Twas from the era of shoulder pads and tight pants and big hair, I think. Hehe...had a nice sing-a-long with the chorus. I imagine listening to it some time in the future, singing along and telling Yasmin about the cute keyboard player and she'd probably be all like 'Oh pul-leeaze mom!'

Last week I sang along to Freedom's Mulanya Di Sini (The Sama-sama song)..syiok oh! hehehe...well, driving on my own all those times, a girl's gotta entertain herself somehow! By the way, this singing along only happens when I'm on my own. I am not one for singing in public or doing karaoke. My housemate asked me to once, no voice came out! Hahaha... I do sometimes sing when I'm with hubby. The cringe on his face says it all..hehehe

Question of the Day: What's your favourite Malay song? There are quite a lot of good ones actually...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sweet Slumber

I watched an episode of Friends last weekend. The one where Frank Jr brings his triplets to visit Phoebe and talks to her about taking one of the triplets because they were such a handful. They talk about this as the triplets are asleep on the couch in Central Perk. He talks about them lovingly and gently strokes one of them. She stirs in her sleep and he immediately goes, 'Oh please please don't wake up..' Heee. Something I can relate to!

As much as you love your kids and as much as they are adorable and delightful and amusing when they are awake, you do look forward to that time when they are asleep. At least I do. It's when I have some me time, down time from caring and dealing for the little one's every little whim. Some stolen moments to read or blog or surf or watch tv or some simple little indulgence, when the moment is just yours. Like right now, I should be sleeping. I had a long day. But I just feel like staying up and utilising this night time to do all the stuff that I want to do and can do at this moment. Haa..I wish! I wish I didn't have to sleep and can still function properly tomorrow. Wishful thinking ni..tinguk-tinguk, lima minit lepas ni trus modop! Well..I hope I have sweet dreams though

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Moment

I was dressing Yasmin to go to school yesterday morning and as usual, she started protesting once she saw me pick up her school uniform. For the past week, I had put her uniform in her bag and the teacher would change her into it. Yesterday morning I talked to her and asked if I could put on her uniform. I said that if I didn't, the teacher would change her into it anyway. Wouldn't it be better for mommy to put it on? And she said yes. Oh wow. That simple moment made my day. And it was the same today.

I think she is growing up and understanding about the concept of school now. Yesterday and today were nice and calm. No tantrums on the way back from school. Mommy pun happy and has her sanity intact.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Bluelight Specials

This post was sponsored by Kmart. All the opinions are mine.
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Who loves sales, hands up please! Me, me, me...

Well, shopaholics and bargain hunters take note! If you have been waiting for the sales season or have been eyeing that certain something for yourself, here is your chance. Head down on to Kmart. Kmart is bringing back its trademark Kmart Bluelight specials for one day only - on the 8th August. There will be special offers throughout the day on everything from patio furniture to jewelry to clothing.

There will be over 40 great Bluelight Specials throughout the day in-store and other great offers will also be at kmart.com only for this Saturday. There's something for everyone. For the guys, you may want to refurbish your patio with new furniture that are at 70% off regular prices. A great excuse for entertaining, outdoor lounging or barbeques this summer. For the ladies, there is an extra 10% of diamonds that are already 70% off! You know what they say, diamonds are a girl's bestfriend and a great match for any outfit. And nobody needs to know that you got them at a steal! I won't tell.

I remember in the UK, how people used to line up and even stay overnight outside the shops during the Christmas sales time. My friends even woke up as early as 4am to go to the shops. Just to catch those best bargains. Does this happen for Kmart as well? With deals like these, it might. You may want to set your alarm early for that day then. You may also want to check out Kmart on Twitter, for more updates and information. Have fun and go get em bargains!

Malaysian friends, don't fret..Mega Sales now on here too, right...

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Rampant

20 schools in Sabah have been closed to date because of the H1N1 pandemic. It's alarming. It was just a few weeks ago that the first case was discovered here and now it has affected 20 schools and who knows it could most possibly be more. With symptoms that initially mirror that of a normal cold, how could one possibly know? The safest bet is just to be safe. Get good supplements to help strengthen your immune system, be extra hygienic, avoid travelling and avoid too many excursions to public places.

Even Masidi Manjun suggested that all schools should be closed especially in high risk towns like KK. I agree with him when he says, 'They (schools) are not in the position to put the children under unnecessary risk in schools' At least until this thing seems more under control and it is not spreading like wildfire.

A business associate invited me to attend a training in Brisbane, Australia this August. To which I have to respectfully decline. It is a tad last minute but more importantly, Australia has been recording so many cases of H1N1. Hubby told me that Melbourne has even been dubbed H1N1 capitol of the world? Ouchh...that can't be good for them.

Hubby decided that we shouldn't send Yasmin to school this couple of days. We heard that a nearby school (to Yasmin's) was one of those that had been ordered to close because of suspected H1N1 infection. And I know that a friend's daughter goes to that school and also goes to Yasmin's school for tuition in the afternoon. Who knows, there could be more. Or there could be other kid's siblings who go to that school. We also haven't been going out much. As much as we'd like to bring Yasmin out to jalan-jalan or to the park and playground, it's just better to be safe for now.

It's a scary thought that this thing is among us now. Be safe, everyone.

Ohh...I heard UMS pun ada sudah case??

Saturday, August 01, 2009

KK Is Home

Around about twice a month, I will go to do my banking in KK. I would usually park at either Gaya Street of near TongHing and walk to the banks. It's nice and leisurely to walk in the shaded sides of Gaya Street, it's actually enjoyable. Especially if it is breezy. I love walking past those old shops, you know the ones that still maintain their old traditional look, that still pile up onions in huge rattan baskets and biscuits in big glass jars. It is a wonder that they still in business now..with newer and hipper looking stores around.

When I do deliveries as well, I would park at Segama then walk to Wisma Merdeka and to Gaya Street. Parking is notorious in these areas so it just makes sense to park at one place to walk to the others. I also walk to Api-api and the Waterfront when I do deliveries in Centre Point and Warisan Square. So yeah, if you see me walking or crossing the street in these areas, that's me being a delivery person. And yeah, as much as I sometimes think that I dread this task..it usually turns out to be nice and not to mention good exercise as well!




Look at this sight from the parking lot in front of HSBC and TongHing Supermarket. Isn't it hiii-uuge?? The grey cladding kind of reminds me of the Pavillion in KL. Once upon a time, it was just a parking lot (not even tarred, just covered in gravel). You could see the sky and ocean and Pulau Gaya from here. And now, there is this humongous Suria KK at its place.



Here's another sight only to be seen in KK...well, in other bits of Sabah as well. Can you see Mount Kinabalu peeking out at the distant? It's a nice sight to drive with each day. On a clear day, you can see its majestic view from almost anywhere in KK.

And how about driving along the coastal highway, right by the ocean? This refreshing scenery has accompanied me on many drives. I do so love it.


Only in KK. How lucky we are.