Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Unbelievably riduculous

If i say 12.00pm, would time would u think im refering to? 12.00 midnight or 12.00 noon?

Such a doink. I wrote in an email 12.00pm so clearly but yet there are still people who have to act smart and dispute the time.

Somebody even said 12.00pm could be both midnight and noontime. The 'am' only validates at 12.01 midnight. What rubbish! She even blurted that my school taught me wrong things!

I dont understand why people must make something so easy to be so difficult? Is it our culture to be blamed? Or our education system? Why cant people accept simple facts?

Doink, doink, doink.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The new trend in Malaysia

Reading the newspapers, I noticed a new trend in our country.

It all started with Datuk Khalid (or Khairuddin??) being referred to as Datuk K when he married Siti Nurhaliza.

Now it's Datuk Zakaria (the MP of Klang) who was given a new glamour name, Datuk Z.

Oh, I forgot. Maybe it all started with Dr. M.

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Our media has become somewhat crazy these days. Speaking about Datuk Z (the MP), who shot to 'stardom' after the issue of his 4-storey mansion was brought to light a few months back (click here), the media has been following him, very closely, literally.

I was rather appaled by the 'craziness' of a certain local news crew who followed (or rather, stalked) this Datuk Z from the Selangor Sultan's Palace to his private destination following the meeting with the king. But they somehow got distracted by Datuk's bodyguards (and a small kancil) along the way, which was good for Datuk.

I am not supporting that guy. No doubt, he has broken the law and in several ways, swindled (if this is politically right) wit his position as the MP and he should give a public apology or at least explain himself to the public. Instead, this guy chose to stay mum and retreated himself to somewhere only God knows..But I dont agree with the media to chase and 'track' him like a criminal, following him on the highway to locate his whereabouts like a papparazzi. Being dedicated in bringing us great news coverage is commendable, but crossing the fine line between dedication and overzealous is simply unacceptable. It's like trespassing someone's privacy.

Perhaps the reporter was looking for a raise.

Frugal is the word

The theme for this month: frugal lifestyle

I had the most frugal dinner at Chilli's last weekend. I had kid's chicken fingers (RM6.45), bottomless fruit juice (RM7.95) and bottomless tostada chips (RM9.95) which I shared with Lenny.

The whole thing, including taxes, came up to RM 20 per person.

That's cheap indulgence. =)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Isu Mat Rempit

Kebelakangan ni banyak terdengar isu mat rempit ni. Popular sangat sampaikan ada pengarah buat movie pasal mereka ni. Tajuk movie tu, apa lagi kalau bukan Remp-It!? (apalah bongoknya tajuk ni, tak kreatif langsung).

Anyway, banyak kita dengar rempit-rempit ni, apa sebenarnya maksud "mat rempit". Oleh sebab saya ni curious sangat, maka saya pun buat lah sikit research kat net. Puas saya cari dalam laman web DBP tapi habuk pun tak jumpa. Last-last kat mana jugak saya jumpa? Mana lagi kalau bukan laman mat salleh wikipedia tu. Tapi dalam BI lah.

"The definition of Mat Rempit is dare-devil motorcycle rider which perform dangerous skill or racing while riding a motorcycle on public road. In Malaysia, most of the Mat Rempit use Kapcai (which is underbone motorcycle or scooter). They act like gangster and usually were to travel in one big group." Wikipedia.

Laman tu banyak info pasal mat-mat ni. Menarik sekali. Saya malas nak cerita banyak-banyak sini.

Kalau kita search dalam google pun boleh dapat banyak result.


Itu tak hairan lah, tapi yang shocking sekali ialah, mat rempit pun dah pandai pos aksi mereka dalam YouTube. Tengoklah rakaman ni..

Yang dalam video tu aweknya pun gila sekali...

Berani buat tu, tentulah berani kena kutuk. mat rempit ni memang tak banyak peminat, malahah ramai yang mengutuk mereka kaw-kaw, sumpah mati lah, buang duit mak bapak lah, macam-macam. Sebenarnya saya pun rasa mereka ni patut mati je dengan motor rempit tu, lagi bagus kalau remuk dilanggar lori trailer dan mayat mereka penyet macak kentang lecek (mash potato) dari KFC tu. Ataupun, kaki penyet tapi masih hidup, biar menderita sikit. Tapi saya rasa kejam sangat pulak menyumpah mereka, after all, mereka tu pun manusia macam kita juga, kan? Manusia mana lah tak pernah buat kerja bodoh masa muda, kan?

Saya pun pernah terserempak dengan mat-mat ni. Tengah malam minggu, mereka ni suka lepak kat dataran merdeka. Kiri kanan jalan penuh dengan mereka ni je, sampai saya ingat negara kita ni tengah sambut perayaan apa pulak malam-malam buta begitu. so mrk mrk ni pun speeding lah kat jalan raya di KL. Ada yang siap bawak awek seksi lagi. Takut jugak saya dgn mrk ni, nanti terjatuh, siapa yang salah? Kalau mrk salahkan saya, matilah saya. Beratus-ratus lawan seorang. Nasib baik lah kat tengah jalan ada polis chek, kena lah si mat-mat + awek-awek sekali tu. Padan muka. Tapi yang masih berlegar kat dataran merdeka tu, tak tau lah apa yang berlaku kepada mereka...

Sekarang ni, kadang-kala ada juga mat-mat berlumba kat persiaran surian dekat pangsapuri saya. Tapi tak lah secara besar-besaran...menyampah sekali melihat mereka.

Isu ni semakin menjadi-jadi sampai Sultan Pahang pun dah naik bengang sebab hanpir langgar mereka. Depan istana pulak tu!

Walaupun dah banyak yang dipercakapkan dalam surat khabar, PM pun dah bersuara suruh polis rampas motor, rakyat dah sumpah sampai air liur kering, dan macam-macam lagi teknik-teknik yang diguna untuk mengubah mereka ni, namun, mereka tak insaf-insaf jugak, malahan semakin menjadi-jadi. Kalau mat rempit dipanggil cemerlang, boleh saya samakan begini?

Saya berharap isu ni dapat ditangani secepat mungkin.

Oh ya, cakap pasal rempit ni, teringat pulak saya satu kejadian waktu kat tingkatan 6 dulu. Terdapat beberapa budak tingkatan 3 yang tak berlesen telah menunggang motorsikal mereka (secara haram) di jalan raya dan terlanggar van pengetua di simpang jalan. Budak-budak ni, walaupun dah buat salah, masih tak mengaku lagi. Dahlah bawak motor haram, langgar van pengetua dan tak mengaku, mereka ni berani lagi minta ganti rugi dari pengetua! Pengetua tentulah tak bagi, malahan mengumumkan perbuatan mereka waktu perhimpunan lagi. Kelakar betul bila teringat cerita ni...

The best way to start my day

The leisurely breeze through the highway (5th gear all the way).

And... the aroma of fresh, hot curry and roti canai from the nearby mamak...

Makes my morning beautiful.

The sight of a good looking guy would definitely add a zing to the whole "wonderful-morning" package. (Which didnt happen today, unfortunately)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Boring-nyer!

Today is such an unproductive day. Been idling for quite a while. I wished I have more ideas to blog but my brains just dont seem to work. Too much of sleep in the past few days perhaps.

Boring-nyer!

Looking forward for these...

I saw this on the internet. How could I miss it? It opened last week.




Hugh 'Were-Wolverin' Jackman is THE man for the season.



For more info about this movie, check out this page




Looking forward for this too:



Another one with Hugh Jackman. Yeah...


This one too:


And surprisingly, there's Hugh Jackman again. But he's not the lead this time. But it doesnt matter...The story still seem interesting to me.

Hope to see more good movies in the "Coming Soon" section of the various cinemas in town.

I seriously need a new digital camera

I really need to get a new digicam. Fast. Ok, maybe by January next year la, since i tak cukup budget yet. During my entire holiday there were interesting sights that made me wish I had a camera then to take those shots that I knew would never repeat itself again. Something that you have to capture at that moment. But potong-stimly, I didnt have a camera with me.


This is my ideal:

Mju 720 SW. Price= RM1499
This is such a beauty I could stare at her for hours. She has been proven to be able to withstand shock up to 5 feet and waterproof till 10ft. Cekap eh? I can bring it for any future rough and wet activities, snap pics when it rains and yes, go underwater too...=)


My second option is the Mju 750. Not so popular, hard to find, but the specs are not bad. It has 5x optical zoom, which is better than other digicams its class.

Mju 750. Price RM 1599. (Price 2 months back)


So why all olympus? Well, my previous was an olympus so I only trust this brand to give me good shots. Moreover, I've never heard of any olympus user complain of any malfunction or dissatisfaction on their cams.
Sony seems like a good bet but according to Sharon, Sony is not as good as it appears to be. No further elaboration but I trust her comments on digital cameras. Casio Exilim is cheap but according to Lenny, the anti hand-shake is not very effective.
I shall do more research on Panasonic. Dont like Canon tho. Dont know why.
I hope the price of my first choice will drop soon. At least by another 200bucks la...


Back to work too soon

The long holidays have ended officially. But i dont really feel it coz the office and roads are still relatively quiet.

I was unusually early because the highway was unusually clear.

And i feel funny for not knowing wat to write here now. Maybe it's the unearthly silence.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Balik kampung

Finally, the day has come. Balik kampung, yaey!

My sister and i decided to start off early to avoid the jam. Is 7.30am too early? Apparently it wasnt- we got stuck in the massive exodus jam along the NSE. The reason behind the jam was silly, it wasnt really because the road was super loaded with cars, but because the cars slowed down to ridiculously slow speed when approaching the police watch tower! And like a tornado, the congestion dispersed almost immediately after passing the watch tower. Talk about good actors in Malaysia!

We took a tiring 6 hours to reach home- twice the normal time taken on any ordinary day.

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Home finally. I love being home for a long holiday. I get to sleep all day, wake up whenever I want, eat all I desire (hehe) and watch TV! I miss ASTRO (yeah, I sound so ancient).

Got to jalan-jalan around the town too...=) I noticed a new trend in town- yeah, the musrooming of new cafes in pre-war buildings (yes, we still have plenty of those in taiping). When I get my new cam, I shall post some pics here k...Very interesting concept I must say, smthg like what the business ppl in Malacca do- open pubs in Baba-Nyonya houses. A unique blend of old and new, culture and modenism. I appreciate that a lot.

One more thing- the rain. I love the rain when I'm at home with no where to go and nothing to do. Very sleep indusive =). And the rain here in taiping is sweet- it smells good and it's wet. Haha...I especially love the smell of wet grass after a heavy downpour. And the scene of our beautiful Maxwell Hill- just fresh and breath-taking. Makes me feel like sleeping again. Life is like a wonderland here in Taiping...

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My mum loves to tell stories of her younger days and of her friends. Her friends are an interesting lot. Or rather, her friends' stories. Let me see if I can recall any.

...1 fren is selling ice water in Kampar near a certain school. She's still in that business till today.
...another one married her pen pal without truly knowing him, and as a result she was murdered on their wedding night. Apparently, the guy was psychotic. It was tragic...
...i thk there's one who ended up as a hooker in Singapore. Sad too.
I dont remember the rest. Too many lah.

Oh yes, she also told me how she and my late father got together. But I will not publish here. Keep it as a family thing...=)

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So in a nutshell, i love holidays! (lame ending, I'm getting tired).

Friday, October 20, 2006

The final hour

5pm. The final hour before the beginning of the extended weekend. Long holiday la. Planning to leave on the dot today. Hopefully the road would be clear, though i doubt it would.

Anyway, one of my colleagues, chua just casually asked me if I would be interested to contribute to his fren's new blog on Malaysia. Well, for those who are not aware, next year (2007) is THE tourism year for Malaysia. I havent come across any promotion tho, just heard it by word of mouth...

Which gives me an idea...Hmm...

I can write about my hometown. It's not very well known among tourists coz tourist agents would most likely promote Ipoh instead of Taiping when it comes to Perak. What is dis la, like Ipoh has any attraction of its own (hehe). Ok, maybe the food, but not places.

This reminds me of my last tour around ipoh with joshua and dom. Sad, we ended up going to Kellie's Castle at Batu Gajah.

I wonder how come the state tourism board isnt aware of this.

Ok, so I'll do a little research for my rich yet humble hometown. Stay tuned.

Oh, i forgot. I dont have a digital camera with me now. Sold mine and still searching for another one. I'll see what I can do lah..

Happy holiday to all, Selamat Hari Raya to all my muslim frens and Happy Deepavali to the Hindu ones..

Case Over

Oh ya, almost forgot about this... Remember that i stumbled upon a website which has smthg abt a colleague of mine whom I suspect has an explicit blog. Just for recollection, check out my entry entitled Blog, blog, blog.

The case is closed now. It is confirmed. Together with my sidekick eng chuan, we have solved the mystery of the woman. Well, her blog was just a normal blog lah, nthg explicit whatsoever. Only vulgar lah.

We didnt take long to investigate tho...About 2 days only. With the help of internet of course. And the free time we have in the office.

Thinking of it, maybe I should start up a private investigation business. This, of course reminds me of an old fren of mine back in Form 6, Ivan Hoe, who once told me of how he used to help his friends stalk some gals and get their addresses, handphone numbers and a whole lot of other information with a small fee. Good idea. How come I didnt think of that earlier..ish

The reason is...

If you noticed this, I've posted 3 articles in one morning today! This would be the fourth. And more to come I assure you.

I'm bored. Simply. That's it.

So I'm gonna blog about why i started this blog. So please ignore me.

I was first introduced to the world of bloggin by a fren whom I met in uni, Petrina, who was an ardent blogger. Back then i used to read her blog, and from there I started developing some interest in blog-reading...Writing for me didnt really kick-off until much later, in my 2nd year perhaps.

My first blog was in Friendster. Why friendster? Because, i used to log into my friendster so it's convenient for me...(lazy person by nature). And then later on i thought of blogging on an independent server, so I started "My journey". I eventually got bored of it, didnt know how to spice up my blog and absolutely no time to spruce up the design. Student ma.......And then I reverted to Friendster again, got more canggih and then upgraded myself to blogspot (which is this blog) again. And the rest is history.

The purpose of this blog-is very selfish. Here it's all about me. I write what I want and what I think of any particular issue that I have in my head. It's like a record of anything at all -my walk with God, the food I tasted, the events in my life, outings with friends, about myself, my work, people around me, my feelings and opinions on totally neutral stuff (like entertainment, etc etc) as well as some of my utterly useless research and findings on useless topics. In short it's a place for me to expand my ideas and to gratify and satisfy my itching fingers.

Oh, it's also a good way to kill time. Like now.

A fren on mine, Joshua once told me this: "a blog should not be aimed for popularity or glamour. Do it for youself." Wise words.

So if this blog is boring you, or you dont appreciate the way I write, Im gonna write also anyway. Coz it's MY blog for myself =)

For those who read this blog religiously, thank you for your support =)

The only time I wish I didnt have to consume smthg

The tea lady is driving me nuts. I appreciate her effort in making coffee, tea and chinese tea for everyone twice a day but I just cannot take in any of her drinks anymore!

First, i hate coffee. So, obviously, I'm left with two choices- English and Chinese Tea.

Her English tea was so freaking sweet I'll die of diabetes if I work here for 10 years! For a day, it's fine, two days, still ok, a week a bit too much but still can tahan...after 3 months, I just couldn't swallow it anymore...So i switched to Chinese tea instead.

It was fine for the first few months, believe me.

I think it was the low quality tea that the company supplied for its staff...I started abstaining from her chinese tea as well when the haze started.

Like what i said in one of my older posts, the haze is making my throat really dry. Drinking that chinese tea aggrevates the whole problem and left me with a sudden sense of dehydration at my throat...Almost like i just blew dry tongue with a hair-dryer.

Oh, just to make this clear, I have nothing against the tea lady personally. She's a nice woman, except for her perpetual pesky persistance that you HAVE to drink her tea/coffee. She'll even wait for me to finish up in front of her before clearing the cups.

Talk about dedication and best employee...And for once, I'm glad to have the haze around so i can put the blame on that evil smog to decline her tea.

I am teruk. =)

DeepaRaya Mood

Everywhere I go, everyone's seem so...unoccupied.

Deeparaya mood la...

I also feel like holidaying adi. Woke up this morning wishing it was Saturday and not Friday. But then again, I still have to wake up early on Sat to beat the jam and make it home in 4 hours max.

I'm so bored...

Local Productions

I watched that programme for the second time last nite. Plainly i would say here that it is a stupid show with a stupid concept.
15 eligible bachelors fighting to win 3 gals (meaning there will be 3 winners lah, not 1 guy gets 3 gals). The idea is to have a decent version of maybe outback jack (smthg like that la...or was it outback joe??) but this time it's the GUYS who have to work to get the GALS.
The guys: Normal only lah. But i never knew that guys would actually BITCH about each other behind their backs. And worst, one of the gals even JOINED in with that whole bitching thing.

The gals: Quite hot and pretty. Very eligible. But i wonder, if they are that good, why do they have to participate in such a show just to get a guy?? And, don't they have feelings? They seem to me like an indecisive lot, love every guy and wouldnt mind having to settle for a partner not of their choice (the 3 winners la). The appear, correct me if i am wrong, like just a reward for the hard work that they guys put in in the game.

I imagine it to be smthg like:




Race car gals. Reward for the champion racer.

Sorry for downgrading the beauties. They are still hot and smart ok..

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I enjoy watching NTV7's 8pm news. Not too lengthy (like it's sister channel) and pretty good presentation.

I tuned to that channel a little earlier yesterday and I saw another local soap. I must say that local english dramas have improved in quality so much that i actually LIKE watching them.

Local dramas/sitcoms that i watched and enjoyed:

  • Kopitiam- the pioneer of quality sitcoms. Love them all, especially the two uncles- Chan and Kong (Chan is short for Chandran btw).
  • Getting together- the one with Elaine Daly and lots of Sony gadgets. It ended rather abruptly tho...
  • Each Other- with Alvin Wong and Cheryl Samad. I've always liked Cheryl. She looks innocent and sweet, and has a clean, tabloid-free image.
  • Gol dan gincu- not fully English, but i like the concept- multiracial and multi-language, reflects the reality of modern KL youth.

The one I watched yesterday was Moving On. It's a collaboration with a production house from the Philippines. No wonder la I saw cute guys and pretty gals...haha..

There are flops still in the local productions:

  • Show me the money- 1 word- BORING
  • Reality- poor script+cast+acting. Good concept and cameo apprearences tho.

The rest i didnt watch.

Back to that Moving On, there is smthg that i would like to point out:

1) The chances of an intern OVERHEARS a gossip, does smthg about it and actually SAVED the company with her action is almost 0 (ZERO).

2) The possibility of having a darn good looking guy who is single, very eligible, smart, caring, faithful, etc etc in any given office is almost 0.1%. And to actually have that guy's attention is another 0.1%. To end up with him in marriage (after courtship) lagi 0.01%. So the total probability is 0.1/100 x 0.1/100 x 0.1/100 = 0.000000001. Which is almost zero.

But it's still a good show. Am looking forward for the next episode. =)


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Special scholar? NO

This is not a hate post. Dont worry.

I dont know why but I kinda feel that my status in the company, being a scholar has both worked for and against my interest, more inclined to the latter.

To begin with, I dont like the way people treat me like I'm "somebody" in the company. Please, I'm just another junior staff and I dont appreciate people thinking that whatever I do, I'm gonna be safe anyway because I'm bonded to the company for the next 4 years.

Being a scholar means having to work EXTRA hard to prove myself that the company did not waste their money funding my studies. And being a scholar also puts myself in a situation where the bosses will have a higher expectation on me. This means extra stress and hardache.

I've noticed-yes, I'm not stupid, neither am I blind- that there are people who would try their level best, grabbing every opportunity to knock me down. Deliberately or not. But what they fail to understand is, im not sitting on a pedestal. In fact I'm standing on a lower ground, still very much a fresh junior and have a lot more to learn before i can walk myself without any aid. What's the point of trying so hard to knock off somebody so small from her space? You get nothing. I am not a threat to anyone. And I have absolutely no interest or intent to play office politics. I believe, as naive as it seem, that as long as I dont disturb u, you have no right to downcast or bad-mouth me

I do hope that the person I am referring to is reading this. But I doubt so. The gist of this is, I am NOT any better or higher than any of you, and being a scholar simply means that I was not rich enough to fund my own studies that I had to earn myself a scholarship to further my education. And me getting a scholarship from this company was not because of my own effort, it was solely God's grace.

The next time i hear anyone say that "tina is ok, she's a scholar, she'll be fine. we are different, we cannot [do whatever the issue is]" i will dis that person right away. I mean it.

Dates

Forget it, I wont be talking about my date here.

This is my latest craving. I wanna have dates. Not the dried ones but fresh dates, plucked from the stalk, eaten like grapes...

A few weeks back, a colleague of mine brought back a packet of fresh dates from his visit to dubai. He went there for a project btw. So of course, since I like eating, I had some and it was GOOD! Succulent, juicy and sweet beauties.

I wish i had more that day. Or had tapau-ed the leftover dates.

I cant find any fresh dates in Malaysia. All dried ones only. Sad lah. Ish.

Miss Malaysia question and my answer to that

I was browsing through the net (again), searching for blogs and I stumbled upon somebody's blog on emmeline ng, Miss Malaysia 2005. The blog as boring overall but the post on em ng's night of victory was interesting to me.

Anyway.

The question that the judges asked her on that night was: "You have been given two minutes with a suicidal person. What would you say to convince that person that life is worth living?"

Well, if i were asked this question, i think i would say this:

" Are you sure you wanna do this? It's a one way ticket u know. U cant turn back. Cant regret. Cant change your mind.

Killing yourself is only one of the solutions to your problems and misery on earth. And how long will you be plague with problem in life? 5 years? 10 years? 25 years? Maybe 50 years until u die naturally?

If you choose to die now, your earthly problems will end, for yourself, but you will begin an eternity-long misery and torment in hell? Are you ready for this? U have no other option. Only one destiny for your poor soul.

Live, and brave through that problem, and if you rise, you will be victorious. If you dont, then at leat you tried. You wont be a loser.

Look around you. There are people who are dying to live. If you havnt seen any, I can take you there. They would do anything just to live another day. But you, you want to waste the only opportunity you have to live.

I heard you said 'next life'?. Sorry to break your vague hope but there is no such thing as 'reincarnation'. Up to you to believe it or not.

Think before you kill yourself. After all, the afterlife is way too long for you to want to suffer."

A bit long la but hey, I got two minutes ok? Make full use of it.

So got potential to be Miss Malaysia or not?? hehe...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Blog, blog, blog

I've been reading a lot of blogs lately. Yes, I'm relatively free-er now, waiting for the JB office to reply my queries. Never mind about that. You wont understand anyway.

As i was browsing through the net for interesting blogs, i found smthg...I shall keep mum for this moment until somebody checks this blog first to confirm my suspicion...The contents of this blog, i must say, could/might be "indecent" as my company internet filter seems to block me from entering the page.

At this moment, I can only say that, I suspect, somebody in my company (in fact, i know her) is sharing the same interest in blogging with me, but with a little twisted taste. Even this, is too much info leaked.

Will update on this whole thing soon. I'm curious.

Yes, I should be a private investigator. Or even a spy.

Merger?

I saw this in the newspaper...Check this out:

"IJM to acquire Road Builder"- the star 18 Oct 2006

I never knew that IJM is THAT rich to actually "acquire" other companies.
First it was the acquisition of the ailing K-Europlus' share which is still pending btw...( But we are handling some of their projects)..And now Road Builder? Didnt know that the latter is selling its stakes to anyone. Thought it is one of the giants in the industry.

I do hope that with great merger, comes great money (for the staff, that is). If there's a merger lah.

I'll wait and see. After all, I have another 3.5 years (at least) to go with the company.

An Insight of myself

I realised that I've not written about myself anywhere in this blog. Well, not that anyone cares anyway. Just want some space and time to get to know myself better, to fully gauge who i am and what i have become of in writing. Typing as the case may be.

I am a young adult who just got her bachelor's degree and currently working what i studied for in the company who paid for my whole 3 years in uni. I am a scholar of this company and no matter what happens I cannot change the fact that I'm stuck here for at least 4 years. Like it or not, happy or not, I have to serve the company. I dont bite the hands that feed me. So i'll stay where i am for as long as i am required to.

Anyway, i think i have a mixed personality, somewhere between a gal and a boy. Gal side, Im sensitive and touchy, easily feel down with a slightest hint of rejection. I absolutely cannot take rejection and putting me down would be as good as crucifying me on the cross or whatever not.
My guy side is obvious- I will not hesitate or give a second thought on climbing whatever kerb/wing wall that is obstructing my way. And i can joke and laugh (with action) like any funny guy without thinking much about decency and how a gal should behave, which is just laugh softly, or chuckle. **eyes roll up**

I love food-both eating and cooking. This is one thing that I will not give up for, not even for a great hour-glass body or a hot boyfriend. No, food is important, and I'll eat what I want. But I'll control my intake lah. I enjoy eating a variety of food- chinese, indian, malay, western, etc etc...I'll whack anything. Cooking wise, I'm still learning and discovering new cooking methods. Some may not have any confidence in my cooking because I look like a spoilt kid whose only reason to be in the kitchen is to rummage through the fridge to look for edibles, not preparing one. Some even think that I'm not domestified enough to be preparing a decent meal (maggie mee is NOT decent). Sigh.

Music. I wouldnt say that I'm musically talented. Neither am i musically challenged. I can play the guitar, though not so well, but still boleh lah. For me at least, not for anyone else. Singing is totally out- I cant sing to save my life! Someone even quoted that I can twist a song into a totally alien song. How talented...Dancing is also not my cup of tea. Man, I am a kayu. And i'd always say that if i flex my leg, it may just stay that way until the doctor does smthg to it...

Oh, one more thing about me. I am absolutely helpless in memorising things. Facts, methods, etc..whatever. This shortcoming had certainly worked well against my interests. Just name it, exams, verbal instructions, etc etc...

If my memory couldn't save me from disaster, at least my technical skills can. I pride myself in the ability of my grey matter to think of solutions, figure out methods and to understand the physics, mechanics and dynamics of whatever the problem is. Perhaps this is because I think in pictures, not words.

TV and entertainment. Im weird for a 23 year old. I dont listern to Hitz dot FM **eyes roll up again with s sigh**. In fact i find them irritating and their jokes, insulting. If anyone were to make such lame jokes on me, I'd give them 5 tight slaps on each cheek and ask them to go get a life or smthg. Such a wannabe. Anyway I love Mix FM. Good music and good DJs. I particularly enjoy listening to the breakfast show with Richard, Shaz and Ika. Love them, absolutely. As for tv, I dont like watching MTVs. But I'm not against it. It's alright if there's nothing better to watch and when i need light entertainment. What I like then? Hmm..i like documentaries on engineering and culture. History too. Not so much on animals unless it is really interesting. Soaps are fine for viewing too. Yeah, i enjoy Hongkie soap and American comedies. But not too much of the former. 2 hours/day is MAX. Abosulutely against Taiwanese/Korean/Japanese soaps/movies/music.

Spaking about asian, I dont claim to be very asian. Neither am I western. I dont live in denial. I am Chinese, and more specifically, Hokkien. But I dont speak any of those dialects. But I can understand a little. I dont quite agree with the term 'banana' to describe people like me. Well, a 'banana' is somebody who is 'yellow outside, white inside'. Yes, I dont speak Chinese dialects but I'm not "white" inside. I eat rice, i eat noodles, I drink chinese soups, I use chopsticks, i look forward for Chinese New Year, and i have a chinese name. If you still not conviced, this should work for you: I do not adopt any western culture, i dont like hip hop and i dont sleep around. So instead of calling me a banana, I'd rather be known as a Malaysian instead...

Did i mention anything about my appearance? To begin with i should start with how i relate to my parents, looks wise. Many said that i look like my mum but a few pointed out that i look like my dad from the side. My face is...quite ok lah, average looking. I have small sepet eyes. So small that some of my friends back in primary school thought I couldnt see anything when I smile. The best compliment i ever got for my face was that i look like Lucy Liu/Renee Zelweger/Gong Li (Gong Li???). Makes me happy lah. But i think I am a fishball version of them coz I seem to put on fats on my face. Body-wise, I'm lanky. No hour glass but I dont mind lah. I dont believe in starving oneself just to look shapey.

Yes, my faith. I am a Christian. Walking with God for the past few years had taught me so much about myself. The journey is unpredictable and full of surprises. One moment, I will be up and the next I will find myself being battered emotionally that I thought I should just excommunite myself from others. Times when I broke down when good things just didnt happen to me but was happening to someone else who are not even bortherd about God. Times when God seems to have left me to fend for myself in a deserted desert, wondering about for food and water, seeing mirage of oasis but nothing was there in reality. Times like these often make me wonder why God seems so cruel to me. I even came to the point of believing that God just want to let me suffer and I will never get good things anyway. But after so much of struggle and thought, i'd always come to one conclusion- that I cannot live without Him. Not that I am weak, but I wouldnt want to place my bet on someone or smthg else other than Jesus. Another reason is, I cannot and can never find another One like Him. None. I shall write more about this in another post. If I were to write here, probably I'll eat up most of the space in my blog.

So that's all for now i guess. Will think of more as I discover myself. It's a process.

Counting down the days

Today is Wednesday, 18 Oct 2006. Another 2 days to go before the start of the Great Holidays.

I so wish that that day will come sooner...Need a break..

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I Feel Fat

I've been sitting on my chair, in front my computer for HOURS! Everyday, i do the same thing. It's making me feel lazy and fat.

I think i have digestive problems too.. I feel heavy and bloated and my cheeks have fish-balled like in my 2nd year in uni....Not to mention my flabs at the abs..Ish...

Must do smthg abt this..

Power of cravings

I bought the curry puffs that I've been craving for. Also the packed nasi lemak that i was thinking about for a long time...

And I woke up today with a tinge of pain in my stomach. Oh no, i think it is.....gastric! Not again...Maybe I'll take half day off later the day...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Curry Puff Cravings

Gosh, I'm hungry again. And it's less than 6 hours after I wrote smthg about how hungry I was before lunch. I suddenly have this strong craving for curry puffs...(No, I'm not PMSing or pregnant).
Since I cant eat yet (not time to go home), i shall feast my eyes with pictures of curry puffs. (it makes the cravings worse, isn't it?).




This type I presume is the most common breed of curry puffs. Can get them at LRT stations and pasar malams.




These shell-shaped puffs are usually the variant served in hotels.



Another variant of this snack. The shape is more segitiga sama kaki but the filling is generally the same lah. Somehow the shape reminds me of samosa, or any vegetarian curry puffs.



It says here on the internet "Old Chang Kee Curry Puff". But somehow it doesnt look like the old chang kee that we find in KL...Maybe I made a mistake. Anyway, some curry puffs (particularly from foreign-based gourmet bakeries) are shaped in this manner. Not my favourite but will not refuse if offered to me =)

My Curry Puffs Files

  • Curry puffs can either baked or fried. Baked ones would normally have the buttery taste while the fried ones are more crispy.
  • Usual fillings for curry puffs are chicken, potatoes and eggs (not always the case). Beef is also stuffed in sometimes. Depends on the maker's preference lah.
  • Malay curry puffs are the best (for me) although i generally except all variants.
  • Curry puffs are sold for RM1.00/3 pcs or RM0.40/pc in the Klang Valley while back in my hometown, a similar type and sized puff would cost me only RM0.20/pc.
  • In PJ, the best curry puffs are those sold in LRT stations (or any malay stalls, RM1 for 3pcs) and Berry's Cake House (RM1.20 per pc for the Nyonya Curry Puffs). Other acceptable quality puffs are IKEA's (RM1.00 per pc, got an egg inside), and Old Chang Kee (at 1U, also has a pretty huge egg inside, RM1.50/pc). In Taiping, I like the ones made by the makcik at my taman whose stall is in front Koay Electric. But somehow my mum just likes to buy from the other stall near Chuan Hin Mini Market, which is not too bad either..

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Typical Hollywood and Hongkie-wood movies

I reached home at 3.00pm on Saturday after work. And I saw it at my TV bench.

A DVD player. And some DVDs on the coffee table.

Apparently it's given to us by my sister's fren who came down from penang, the land of quality affordable pirated dvds.

So being the curious cat i was, i just picked a dvd to watch. Options available were Miami Vice, World Trade Centre and Click. So i chose the first one =)

My words of advice to all below 18: watch only if you can take it. Contains explicit and very graphic sex scenes, just like any other Hollywood movies.

Come to think of it, ALL Hollywood movies MUST have at least 1 sex scene. Even stupidly lame movies like Snakes on the Plane also have an erotic scene. It has become some sort of standard template for movies from the West. I bet the creators of LOTR and Narnia would have incorporated some sex scenes if it the storylines weren't an adaptation of some deep literatures.
(Imagine Harry Potter with..???).

Perhaps one day, in the future, sex scenes would be common in kid's movies too...I hope that day won't come or it would be difficult to raise my kids, if I have any in the future.

But i must say that Gong Li was hot and Colin Farrel was not.

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Hongkie-wood...My favorite genre from the hollywood of the East would be martial arts/action movies. I would like to refer to one specific movie that i watched a year ago. SPG, starring Samo Hung, Simon Yam and a few others whom I dont remember.

My advice for those below 18: Watch if if you can take it (duh, I cant ban you from watching, can i?). Contains very, very violent and bloody scenes than i had to watch Shrek to erase some memories of the brutal manslaughter. Gangster flick. A very typical one.

Ok, I exeggerated a bit. I didnt have to watch Shrek or anything else la after that. I slept without any nighmare.

For those who watched that particular movie from any pirated VCD/DVD (sorry, I'm guilty of that too), I'm sure you have seen all the slashing of heads and shooting of bodies... Disturbing, I tell you.

But then again, what is a Hongkie gansta flick without the mafia killings of undercover cops?

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One side of the world is so full of 18SX, another side is 18SG. I would love to work for the censorship board one day. At least I wont run out of job =)

I am so hungry!

It's 11.30am now and I am sooo hungry!

Had a slice of cake for breakfast this morning but I'm still hungry...
Am already thinking of what's for lunch and dinner...I must have rice for lunch. Or maybe rojak mee. Feel like having smthg out of the ordinary today...

Speaking about food and eating, somebody just commented that i eat quite a lot for a gal. Well, my answer to that is: I enjoy my food and I DONT eat a lot, i eat NORMAL. Those gals are the ones who eat LITTLE. Imagine rice the portion of a clenched fist, chicken wings ONLY and a pathetic dollop of veggie. That's not normal. Not at least to me.

But then again, this person could be right too. Coz I had garlic bread with chicken soup last evening and chicken burger (yup, from that street burger stall in front my apartment) later the night. That's a lot for dinner. Oh ya, that garlic bread was home-made btw..I MADE IT and it turned out FANTABULOUS! hehe....For those who do not know, I CAN cook! =) **need some promo here la, after all this is MY blog!!**

Another friend was on TV

First it was Sharon who appeared in 'Gol dan Gincu' as one of the students in a debate club in UM. Then last night it was Joshua who made it into the screen.

No, he did not act. It was a documentary on ramadhan in the oil platform and he was in that platform coincidently. His appearence was brief but not quite brief also, haha..Apparently he was having dinner with the other guys in the cafe.

I wonder when would be my turn to have that 5 mins fame on the screen =) Hopefully not for any degrading reasons..

Saturday, October 14, 2006

It's a Saturday

It's a Saturday and I have to work. Sigh. Wish i could just sleep a little longer and wake up to the feel of sunshine on my face and on my bed. But here i am, at my little workstation, staring at the pc and some drawings, at 8.30am.

My boss was telling us about missiles during our staff meeting (huh??). Anyway, nobody got what he said i supposed. I remembered smthg like heat seeking missiles and fire-and-forget missiles and how they work. Hm, my memory and technical understanding on stuffs like this is not bad eh...

Too bad i have to miss my kelab sukan meeting. The discussion should be interesting but i have to pass it lah for the staff meeting and some urgent work...

Hopefully my evening would be colourful...=)

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Milo Susu Theory

One day, God wants Milo Susu. But He doesnt want to make His own Milo susu because He wants His people to learn of the process of making Milo susu and benefit from the whole experience. (If He wanted it just for a Himself, he would have just snapped His fingers and the Milo susu will just appear, think about it).

Anyway, God told His people that the ingredients that He wants would be Milo powder, susu (milk) and of course, water lah.

So off goes the people in search of the best way to make the best Milo susu.
Here are some of their methods and discoveries:
  • A group decided that Milo should go first before susu and water. Others do vice versa. Some even put milk first before anything else.
  • Some wanted to make the Milo more kaw so they put in like 4 tablespoons of Milo, and normal volume of water and milk. There are others who decided that water should be emphasised more, so they poured more H2o than anything else. And the same goes for the milk supporters.
  • Some made the milk with a more selamba way, adding as they feel they should while some feels safer to follow the recipe books.
  • There are a few who wanted it cold, so they added ice, while some believed that God wanted it hot.
  • Some even thought of cutting cost by replacing Milo with Ovaltine or Vico and thought that it wasnt a big deal to use just the specified cocoa brand.
  • There are other overtly enthusiastic chaps who thought of spicing up the Milo susu with some Nescafe...

So, in your opinion, whose Milo God loves better?

The answer, i believe is all of the above except the last two..

Milo, the essential ingredient is the Bible, the Word Himself. You cannot substitute the Bible with another Bible. More Milo means more emphasis on the Word, which is a good thing. There's nothing wrong with less 'worship' or less 'prayer', as long as it is still there, it's a complete Milo Susu.

Same goes for the susu and the water. The gist of it is, as long as you have all the essential ingredients and it tastes like Milo Susu, you're fine and God is please with you. Meaning to say here is, no denomination is better than the other, coz God is pleased with all the Milo Susu, whatever the method used, whether ice or hot.

For the group who transformed Milo Susu into Neslo Susu, it is a twist of the original God-intended concoction of His drink. This leads to only 1 interpretation: cult. Cults will either omit or add something to the original commands and twist it to sound even tastier. They either don't get the gist of what God intended, or they just deliberately want to be different. I dont know and wont judge here.

So that's about it lah. My Milo Susu Theory to describe the various denominations in Christendom...To all readers: Happy Milo-Susuing!

Updates on the good and evil

THE EVIL

The haze has subsided a little but the after effects on me is still pretty much unchanged for the better.

I have sinus. I think it runs in the family. And having the haze around certainly doesn't help. My nose is congested, and so is my throat. I feel suffocated, and mucus just keeps accumulating in my nostrils. Only in the office will it harden a little. But it isnt a good thing either- i can only smell if the scent is overwhelmingly strong.

Everyday i can feel my nose condition worsen. And every night i will rub my nose till it bleeds. Terrible experience for me.

I hate the haze and i wish it will just go away....and never to return again...Such evil..ish

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THE GOOD

Something good has just happened (despite the evil smog hovering around me like a mosquito flying through a mist of aerosol). Not sure how long this has been going coz i only noticed it a few days ago.

Hand up to all and cheer for the....Pelangi Burger Stall!! (the name was concocted by myself for easy referencing 8) ). Yes, it's back in business and I'm so happy! At least i will have somewhere to go for a quick midnight burger fix without the hassle of having to cook myself or drive out all the way to Section 17 for street burgers!

I hope the stall will stay. =)

A bit of self-entertainment

I'm working now. My brain is tired of staring at so many drawings.

I need to entertain myself.

Song in my mind: I dont know the title but it's the lastest from Jordan Knight and somebody whom I dont remember as well. Bad memory.

Very sad song. Smthg about a relationship which didnt work out because the both parties didnt say anything to each other about how they really feel. Tragic love song.

And it sounded very 90s too. That's why i like it. =)

Song i dont wish to hear: Also cant recall the title. From Keith Urban. He was jilted in love and asked the gal to take away all her things and memories coz he 'dont need it'. Boring, boring, boring! And not to mention the depressingly slow tune...**thumbs down, tongue sticking out**

Song i feel like listening: Where the Streets Have No Name by U2. It's such a cekap band, isnt it? =)

Movies. yes, i caught a movie last weekend. Miami Vice. It's a fast-paced high crime movie. And Gong Li is sooo HOT for her age. No, i should say, she's just HOT, even hotter than many younger actresses. I'm talking about her body here, face a bit old lah..

Am looking forward for Flushed Away. It features Hugh Jackman's voice ok! Which makes me feel like watching X-Men pulak...ish.

TV programmes that i recommend: "So you think you can dance?". This show proves that Americans are weird as much as they are creative. freaky sometimes. But it is an interesting show I must say. Smthg like American Idol without the singing part.

Lately there has been an insurgence of crime related tv series. CSI lah, bone smthg smthg lah, and a host of others. Everyday there's bound to be one. At least! And for me? I dont watch any of them. Suffice to say that it's not my cup of tea...

That's all for my little dose of entertainment criticism. Need to vent my thoughts a bit coz it's getting boring here in the office!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Urgent work comes in a batch

I believe that. So suddenly I was asked to do so another evaluation report AND some major measurement for this new project in JB. It's a MAS Flying College btw, and the client has expressed his intentions to award the project to us. So, here I am, doing some measurement for a rough cost estimation of the whole project. And my senses told me that this has to be done FAST.

I was reminded of my very first project. Like this Mas thingie, my first project was also a one-of-a-kind building. Ironically, both projects are in Johor and both do not have detailed design to work on. I certainly hope that I will not make the same mistakes again this time around.

As for the evaluation report, I have to find out where those extra few cents that the sub contractors priced in their tender come from and why did they overcharge us. Somewhat, their quoted prices and their worked out rates just dont tally. Something must be missing somewhere...And it's my duty to smell the rat and capture it at the neck. **squeezzzeee**

I think the next time somebody asks me what a QS is, i should just say it's 'half engineer, half accountant'..

Holiday

Yes, yesterday was a state holiday. I was so glad! Kinda tired of working but yet doesnt seem like I'm working at all...Life seems so stagnant. A holiday would do me good.

So what did i do with my hols? Well, i went shopping. And guess what i got? Haha...My good frens would know the answer to that...NOTHING!

I guess i am a lousy shopper. Or a fussy one. I dont know, maybe a bit of both.

I also spent some time sleeping. How i miss those afternoon naps! And I slept a solid 3-hours in the afternoon, waking up only for dinner and cell...

I love holidays. Even a short one refreshes me. I'm glad I'm working in PJ and not KL coz the latter has the least holidays in the whole country. Poor thing, hehe

Monday, October 09, 2006

Life's like that when you are a sub-contractor

I've been receiving calls from my various sub-contractors and suppliers, asking me for jobs to quote for. We're talking about quoting prices, not tendering!

The economy is slow. And these poor sub cons rely on us Main Contractor to feed them. But there's nothing I can do, really. We ourselves also don't have any tender to work on so there's virtually nothing to ask them to price.

Poor thing la. All the small fellas are feeling the pinch right now. Life's hard on them. Sigh

Friday, October 06, 2006

Mooncake Night

Friday Nite. THE night when the moon was supposedly the biggest for the year. And we Chinese are supposed to celebrate this auspicious night with our families and friends, with mooncakes being served like how beer would in weddings and funerals.

I kinda suspect that mooncake was just an incentive for people to stay up a lil later to watch the moon back in the olden days. The logic here is, if people DONT watch the moon, then penat only the scientists and astrologers calculate and study the movements of celestrial entities. And the Emperor would have been overthrown for wasting national funds on smthg deemed useless by the general public. It's not only about the food, it's a complicated intertwine of knowledge, money and political power...See the picture here? Hehe...*** i think i watch too much tv**


I believe the rationale behind this logic is : FOOD = POWER. Very, very wise....

Anyway, for my family and i, Mooncake Festival/Lantern Festival/Mid Autumn Festival is not a big thing at all. It never was. We eat mooncakes as long as mooncakes are sold in the supermarts, not so much on this particular day only. The only lantern i can recall was the red chicken lantern which almost got fried when the plastic stick i was using to hold the lantern melted due to the heat of the burning candle, and the poor chicken had to succumb to gravity. Thank God the firemen didnt have to work that night. It would have been tragic.

This year, mooncake festival night was spent in front of the tv, eating Mr Potato and lazing like a little piglet. I even forgot to catch a glimpse of the moon. But never mind, i wouldn't have gotten a good view anyway due to the haze...

LRT blues/ Traffic woes / How la to go to work??

I heard from my colleagues that the LRT is not functioning as it should again. And some of my colleagues even got stuck somewhere downtown and has yet to arrive and report for work.

According to one survivor, many stations are closed due to unknown reasons and they have to outwit the brains behind the trains to get to work.

Perhaps the trains are fasting too.

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Traffic jam. It gets worse by the day! All the way from LDP to Seapark, to Jalan 222 and even the bulatan at Jalan Templer!

Even the parking lot near my office is full. Sigh.

What's the occasion, may i ask?

I suspect it might be either the haze or the fasting month.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Interesting Songs

I find this song by Shakira pretty interesting...At least the starting lines are, though I dont really appreciate the seemingly uncomposed lyrics. It goes "no fighting, no fighting.."

Shakira promotes peace too =)

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I was driving to work this morning and the radio was playing a mixture of good and boring songs.

Stressful Song: I'm not missing you by Stacie Orico. BORING and overplayed. Been hearing that song at least twice a day for the past couple of months or so. Maybe she's a good singer but her music is really not my cup of tea...Sorry Stace.

Refreshing song:Barely breathing by Duncan Sheik. Many have not heard of this guy coz he was a one shot thing and died off in popularity shortly after the release of his debut single.

Pretty cute song: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cindy Lauper. She's shrieky, but quite cute tho..hehe.

I was late to work by 3 minutes.
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I still cant get this song out of my mind:

She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah!
She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah!

It's from The Beatles, in case you dont know.

And also this song, which was brought into remembrance by a collegue:

Step by step, oooh baby,
Gonna get to you girl...

From the now-defunct 80s/90s boyband New Kids on the Block.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Spot the Difference

Did you notice any difference with my blog? Hehe..

I upgraded my little shrine again..This time around I've added more features. And I've grouped my posts into various categories.

Ah, i love blogging these days =)

I'm feeling Christmas!

I dont know why but i seem to be thinking of Christmas a lot lately. Of snow and turkeys, christmas carols and the warmth of love. Alright, we dont have snow here in Malaysia but somehow snow is just in the picture when i dream of christmas.

Dont get me wrong, I still know the meaning of christmas and that snow and santa are NOT the essence of Christmas.

I am already thinking of what gifts to buy for my friends and family, and how i wish to celebrate christmas this year. And again, somehow snow is in the picture =)

Song in my mind: Walking in the Winter Wonderland. Sing with me.

"Sleigh bells ring
are you listening
in the lane
snow is glistening
A beautiful sight we're happy tonight
walking in a winter wonderland "

I love Christmas =)

It must be the LEKAS highway job i'm working on. Adds stress to my stress. So its di-stress..

A little research on snails

Since i've been thinking about the escargot i had last weekend, I've taken upon myself the responsibility to investigate the anatomy of snails for the benefit of escargot lovers.

Here's an interesting picture that i got from google:


Things i never knew:

  • water snails have gills
  • snails' blood vessels actually run through their shell. I'd always thought that snails LIVE in their shell and are two separate entitites altogether. No wonder i cant separate them!
  • there are two types of snails- water snails and land snails. I thought they are the same. But then again, I wasnt entire wrong coz there isnt much difference between the two.

I've also did some research on the history and names of edible snails. Here are some interesting facts:

  • Names of snails : abalone (Japan & California)

: tsalingaria (Greece)

: periwinkle (South Africa, Europe)

: Queen Conch (West Indies)

: escargot (France)

  • snails had been a part of ancient Roman diet. The Romans later introduced snails as a dish to Britain which eventually spreaded in popularity to other countries such as the US.

Well, that's not much of information but is educational enough for non-zoologist and exotic food lovers..I'm already planning my next snail indulgence!

***Tips: How do you know if you are ready to accept snails into your tummy? Very easy- if u r ready, the picture of the anatomy of snails would have been forgotten by now..hehe

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Selling, SOLD!!

I got a buyer for my digicam.

Yaey. Since the buyer is my colleague and is not very rich, I'm charging him only RM300. Not bad for a 2003 model. Thought i couldn't fetch even RM100 now that new digicams are soooo cheap these days. And Raya is coming soon so didn't want to squeeze him lah...

So, that's it, i just let go one of my darlings to someone else. Pain in my heart but i have to it go in order for me to move on.

Now i can start scouting for a new camera.