Friday, October 31, 2008

In Support

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's Not Over Yet
Despite the initial findings which are not looking very bright at the moment, we decided we should wait a little longer. Results will be out later today, and that will give us a much better idea about the situation.

All the signs have been positive so far, despite the recent setback. It's unusual, but not necessarily uncommon. Based on the many findings and research today, there's still hope.

We've not giving up just yet. Not until a much more clearer sign is given. Whatever the results may be, we will wait a little longer.

You have a few more weeks to show yourself. Before I change my mind.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kebodohan Maximum
I just caught this from an online newspaper portal today...
Fatwa on yoga out soon

PENANG: The National Fatwa Council will come out with a ruling relating to yoga exercise soon.

The announcement would be made by the council’s chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, said Deputy Director-General (Operations) of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Othman Mustapha.

He told reporters this Wednesday after opening the two-day seminar on Islamic Jurisprudence and Eternal Islamic Thinking at Universiti Sains Malaysia jointly organised by the Islamic Studies Division of the university’s Human Knowledge Study Centre and Jakim here.

On Tuesday, lecturer Prof Zakaria Stapa of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Islamic Studies Centre advised Muslims who have taken up yoga to stop practising it for fear that it could deviate their belief. - Bernama

WADAFWAK!!!! You want to come after yoga now?!?!?!

Yoga is not about religion at all, you nincompoops. It's about the union of the mind and body. It's about understanding your body, its strength and weakness, and accepting them. Even if you choose to delve deeper into the understanding of yoga by meditating, that doesn't even come close to deviating from one's religion. And besides, meditation calms and mind, body and soul regardless of whatever religion you practise.

Just because yoga's history comes from India, and was practised by many famous Hindus, does not make yoga religious at all. There was never any contract that says you must be a Hindu to practise yoga.

Practising yoga asanas DO NOT DEVIATE ONE FROM ONE'S FAITH AT ALL. A lot of people who take up yoga, actually take yoga as a form of exercise. Never has one been forced to take up yoga for the sake of religions reasons. You don't have to sign papers to proclaim you embrace yoga.

People who deviate from their beliefs, deviate not because of yoga or any form of exercise, but because they no longer believe in what they believe. It's got nothing to do with yoga, or badminton, or football or whatever sport/physical activity.

What a bunch of morons. They can't get any dumber than this bunch of bozos. You guys fear everything in this world. Fear this, fear that. What a bunch of wussies. Might as well go to some god forsaken place and kill yourself lah. The world doesn't need wussified dumbasses like you guys running loose, creating false images and spread stupid cult teachings.

To all Muslims who practise yoga, I cannot comment on your stance on this issue. All I'm asking is, for you to decide on your own terms. Not on what some council thinks how YOU should think.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saving Kitty
I had a weird dream last night. Told hubby about it and he had a good laugh. He said it's a cute dream, not weird :P

There was some sort of fire in a building. Flames were shooting out from the windows. Somehow I had managed to rescue a mother cat and her kitten (so hero!). The mother cat kept meowing nonstop, as if to tell me one more kitten is stuck in the building. I packed her and her kitten into my knapsack, and instead of zipping up the whole bag, I left a space large enough for her head to stick out of the opening of the bag and dashed back into the building.

There were flames everywhere. Smoke and fire. Somehow something was telling me to run to the highest floor (don't ask me how I know where to go!). As I reached the top floor, in the midst of thick smoke and shooting flames, I shouted to the mother cat...

"You better start calling your kitten so that I can see it!"


And she started meowing nonstop, as if calling her lost little kitten to step out and to say help is here. And true enough, a frightened high pitch meow-ish sound came from somewhere in front of me. There it was, a very frightened little kitten, shivering and totally scared shit out of what's happening around it. I dashed across the flames, totally ignoring my own safety and scooped the scared kitty into my hands, and placed it safely into my knapsack. Then very quickly, I ran out of the building before a ball of flames came from behind me.

I can't recall what happened next. All I remembered was a very happy reunion, the mother cat and her two kittens.

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Ok.... you can laugh at me now :P

Friday, October 24, 2008

Random Conversation
Via MSN

Desmo says: zits? I suggest spreading sperm all over your face. Very good for the complexion. We can arrange a bukkake session if you like.

oli says: lol

oli says: *bish emoticon*

oli says: no thank u. save dat for spanky and wolfx

Desmo says: ROFLMAO

oli says: kekeke

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's In A Name
I'm sure by now, many would've heard about DBKL's latest fiasco: Changing the street name 'Jalan Alor' to 'Jalan Kejora'. According to *ahem* DBKL, they claim that's it's "at the request of the National Economic Action Council to meet requirements under the road naming guidelines and to go with other roads in the vicinity." Some grandfather there decided that a new name would give the tourist destination a "new image".

I wonder what our Tourism Ministry & Historical Dept has to say about this?

Now, let's put aside some of the wilder things DBKL has done in the past, and probably will continue to do in the near future (bless the next generation). Let's just focus on 'Jalan Alor' a.k.a 'Jalan Kejora' for now.

Everyone knows 'Jalan Alor'. It's practically a must-see for tourists. It's not exactly some high-class place, instead, it's full of its old charm and character which makes the street what it is today. Food stalls are abundent there. If it's a "typical Malaysian makan-outside" experience you're seeking for, this is the place in KL. Sitting by the roadsides with cars queueing beside you, now THAT'S Malaysia for you.

Several stalls there have been operating from 'Jalan Alor' for umpteen years, and some stalls even carry the name 'Jalan Alor' as part of their identity (i.e: Nasi Lemak Alor Corner).

So, imagine the consequences of changing the street's name. Tourists won't be able to find the street. Stalls have to change their names. The entire street will lose its identity which its been built on for generations. It's practically like wiping history off.

So what was DBKL thinking of, when they decided on changing the street's historical and invaluable name? The answer is: They weren't thinking. They never think! Bodoh!

I hope the current state government fire all of those lousy bastards in there, and replace them with smart buggers who can do a better job.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Perceptions
Perhaps you were looking out for me, and I appreciate the thought. Perhaps you were concern of my future plans and as someone in a much higher position, you probably felt a sense of responsibility of some sort to see that we reach for the stars and be all that we can be.

Successful careers. High achievements. Living the high life. Living the life that you grew up and understand.

You brought up a story about your middle-age cousin, who, at her age, still goes clubbing and mingle with young boys. Then you brought up another story of a friend who, in her 40s, is still living with her mother. You mentioned you have no issues with that, but it was very clear to me that you didn't approve any of their actions. I had listened attentively to your choice of words and your expression. You didn't approve the idea of middle-aged women partying with younger men, and you thought your 40ish-year old friend was a loser of some sort still living with her mum. To you, these two examples probably spell disaster and failure.

Which got me to thinking silently... Perhaps you're seeing me as someone who's not achieving much by your standards. But I honestly don't care. Because what I'm currently doing right now, is very good and there's nothing wrong with it. People have said they can work well with me, and that my quality of work has been good and improving and everyone's happy. Maybe it's not the "successful achievement" which you perceive, but I've successfully accomplished the EQ side of things.

Just because some choose to go their own path and not along your ideas of "success" does not indicate in any way they are "failures" or "failing to achieve" in life. Achievements are a very broad matter, and by no means limited to the title on your business card, the car that you drive and the house that you live in. Your cousin may enjoy partying after a long day of hard work. What's wrong with that? If it makes her happy it's a good thing. Your friend may be fulfilling her duty as a filial daughter, looking after her own mother. That's a huge sacrifice and you should be admiring that, not looking at it like it's a social horror. Some people live very private lives, which doesn't make them any less "accomplished".

Sure you drive a big fancy car, have a nice title printed on your business card, living in an affluent area. But all these doesn't make you any more "accomplished" than me or any Tom, Dick and Harry. I think it's not right to judge a person simply by looking at his/her physical assets and ownership on things. You can be carrying 10 Platinum credit cards and been in deep debts.

I don't blame you for seeing life as such, because you grew up in a very corporate and privileged life. It's already built in your mindset, that a person must achieve a certain level of success at a certain age. Otherwise life would be a total washout for you. Nothing wrong with that really, it all boils down to perceptions. Different people have different perceptions about life. And yours in more skewed towards the more materialistic achievements in life that's all. I think it's good that you work your way towards your achievement and I wish you the best of luck in your future undertakings.

However, that said, I think that it was utterly appalling of you to judge your own cousin and friend over the life path they have chosen. They may not be in line with your perception of life, but that doesn't give you any right to judge them. I dread to think how you might think of some of us here working along side with you. Already you're giving me the idea that you probably see me as someone who's not achieving much.

Do not be too quick to judge someone who seems to have less than you. Never judge a book by its cover. You'll be surprised just how "rich" some of us really are compared to you. I'm doing very well by my standards, and believe me when I say I could possibly be doing "better" than you perceive ;)

Whatever ounce of respect I had for you over these years, just got flushed down the toilet the moment I walked out that glass door. I rest my case.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Stress!
Stress sangat during lunch hour. And it's not even about work LOL!

A small group of us went out for lunch today, and one of my colleague offered to drive. She has a 2-door car, about over a month old now. She memang has a reputation of being a... ermm... freaky driver :P

So we piled into her car, 3 girls at the back. All along the way, the journey was kinda jerky. My colleague, HW, was kinda worried I might puke due to the jerkiness (she's aware I get motion sickness if there's too much jerking motion). I was more concerned the driver not paying attention to her driving and the road! A lot of times, her eyes were not on the road and wheel XD

We arrived (safely) at our lunch destination and had a sumptious lunch. Sunrise duck is always good~~~!

The journey back also kinda jerky, but fortunately today, my stomach's able to take it. We were stationary on a slope (very near our office dy), waiting for the traffic lights to turn green. When the lights turned green, she engaged into 1st gear and the car just stalled. Not only did it stall, it was ROLLING BACKWARDS!!!! The driver panicked and just let out a scream. You imagine la, stress or not sit in such a car! XD It's like she's not used to her car and the manual transmissions, hyuk! Aduhai! And even while ronda-ing the basement carpark, the driver would just go over the speed bumps roughly (habis la suspension macam tu).

So today, my adventure is:
1) I was afraid the car will roll back and hit the car behind us.
2) Colleague was afraid I will puke due to the jerking.

Stressssssssssss~~~~ I wanna go home~~~~~~~!!! *manja hubby*

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Looking Brighter
Things are looking a little brighter :) We're glad too. Let's hope things get better along the way. Precautions still need to be taken due to the nature of things now. Never the less, I'm in good hands. It's gonna be a costly affair due to the unexpected, but luckily we're prepared for it. Things are still pretty much in their early stages. We'll do what we can and within our ability and understanding (not forgetting an angel looking out for us as well).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

If It's Yours, It's Yours
Sometimes it's hard to fathom what's to come. You either take things in great stride, or succumb to the negativity of it.

What may seem hard for you may seem trivial to others (and vice versa). But what's even more important is the people around you and their never ending support. You get your strength from them. And you know they'll always be there, standing beside you, rallying behind you no matter what the outcome.

Things can go either way now. We can only hope for the best. It's not easy dealing with it, but I'm giving it my best and taking things easy. I'm in good hands.

If it's meant to be, then it's meant to be.

P/S: Thanks Doc, for knocking some sense into my head this morning :P

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sempurna
I absolutely love this song right now. Yes it's a mushy mushy love song. But it's so much more than just a love song. I love the acoustics of it, absolutely love it. The first time I heard this song, was from the OST of the movie, 'Love'. It's an Indonesian movie, and I caught the ad a couple of times on the idiot box, and it was a girl (I think her name is Gita Gutawa, found it from googling, hehe!) singing this song in a very high pitch. The next time I heard this song, was this acoustic version by Andra & The Backbone and I fell in love with it!



Sempurna
Kau begitu sempurna
Dimataku kau begitu indah
Kau membuat diriku akan slalu memujimu

Disetiap langkahku
Kukan slalu memikirkan dirimu
Tak bisa kubayangkan hidupku tanpa cintamu

Janganlah kau tinggalkan diriku
Takkan mampu menghadapi semua
Hanya bersamamu ku akan bisa

[Reff:]
Kau adalah darahku
Kau adalah jantungku
Kau adalah hidupku
Lengkapi diriku
Oh sayangku, kau begitu
Sempurna... Sempurna...

Kau genggam tanganku
Saat diriku lemah dan terjatuh
Kau bisikkan kata dan hapus semua sesalku

Janganlah kau tinggalkan diriku
Takkan mampu menghadapi semua
Hanya bersamamu ku akan bisa

[Reff:]
Kau adalah darahku
Kau adalah jantungku
Kau adalah hidupku
Lengkapi diriku
Oh sayangku, kau begitu
Sempurna... Sempurna...

Kau genggam tanganku
Saat diriku lemah dan terjatuh
Kau bisikkan kata dan hapus semua sesalku

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Quick Dinner Trip~
I followed a couple of neighbours to a impromptu trip to Malacca during the weekend, for dinner :P. Hubby couldn't join us as he had to attend a wedding dinner in KL.

Yes, some of you might be thinking "WTF! Go to Malacca for dinner?! Sai mm sai ahhh???" Actually, the story goes like this... One neighbour was already there with his family. Another couple was going to Malacca with another friend to spend a few nights there. So a few of us decided to just tag along for a few hours. Long weekend maaaa, just go for a drive and adventure laaaa...!

Ban Lee Siang - Supposedly famous for its satay celup.

The idea was to have dinner, and then head to Jonker Walk to jalan-jalan and soak up the Malacaan atmosphere, hehe. If you're not familiar with what satay celup is, the concept is easily explained. Pieces of meat and vegetables are skewed through a piece of wooden skewer (satay) kebab-style, and dipped (celup) into a pot of boiling hot peanut sauce to be cooked. Hence the term satay celup.

Our skewers taking a dip in the peanut sauce.

I think the satay celup is really over-rated la. Didn't think it was anything really special nor outstanding about it. The selection of food is mostly processed meat (i.e: pork balls, fish balls, artificial crab meat), pretty much like what you get when you eat lok-lok or order steamboat sets. And the satay sauce is recycled from customer to another. Sure the sauce is constantly boiling, but really, if you want to talk about hygiene here, you really have to close one-eye. I don't know if other people would dip and redip their food in the sauce of not, but we made sure our food was cooked, then brought it out and scooped extra sauce out separately.

And no, the sauce ain't spicy. If I can eat it, then it's not spicy. HAR HAR!!!

Also, the restaurant really should practice better safety measures when dealing with gas tanks and gas pipes. Gas pipes were running under the tables, and at one point, my friend thought he smelled some gas running from a nearby gas tank O.O He promptly imformed one of the restaurant staff, some blur faced aunty. She just fiddled the gas tank a little, pushed the gas tank away from our table and just gave us a stupid look. Man... local authorities should really check such establishments and study their operations carefully. Wouldn't want any unfortunate accident to happen...

People mountain people sea @ Jonker Walk.

After dinner, we headed to Jonker Walk for a short jalan-jalan adventure. It's been several years since my last visit to Malacca.

One of the many boutiques @ Jonker Walk.

Dessert~~~ Ice kacang a.k.a ABC.

Some antiques on display in the coffee shop where we had our desserts.

One of the many pubs along Jonker Walk.

After dessert, we took a stroll along Jonker Walk and just see what's interesting about it. Jonker Walk is pretty much like a pasar malam, it's more catered to foreign tourists. Things are not exactly cheap here, but they're not expensive either.

Streets of Jonker Walk.

I think this is a common hobby in Malacca. Housed in some of these old heritage shop lots, there's public karaoke! :D It's open to anyone who just wants to belt a number, and you're free to sit and just watch the performance. I saw and heard quite a few old folks belt some Chinese oldies, which probably makes Jonker Walk a more valuable street with richer heritage.

Streets of Jonker Walk.

The famous clock tower and Christ Church.

It was close to midnight when we left Malacca. By the time we reached home, it was past 1.30am already *yawn*. Would we go back to Malacca again? You bet, but I won't go back for satay celup lah, nothing great about it. It's like eating lok-lok, just with a different sauce. And I don't like the either of dipping into recycled sauce. You won't know what has gone into it, despite it boiling. I didn't encounter any stomach pains after dinner lah, but I still don't fancy the idea. Which is also the same reason why I don't eat lok-lok here in KL. But that's just me lah :)

I would want to try Malacca's chicken rice balls (eventhough I was told it's nothing great either) pork satay and Peranakan dishes.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hongkie English
I find it utterly annoying to hear Hongkies speak English, ahaks! I won't generalize that all Hong Kong citizens speak with that Hongkie intonation, at least that's what you get from watching all the TVB dramas and Hong Kong-made movies lah.

It's utterly, pathetically, superbly annoying to the max.

I don't have cable TV at home as we hardly watch tv, except for the occasional news and selected series. And we're not fans of HK dramas or series. So we usually only catch HK shows over at my parents' place. My mum needs the Dynasty package no matter what :P

I don't get it... Why do all these Hongkie actors and actresses speak with that stupid slang? It's damn pretentious (not to mention annoying again). They just love to add the oocasional English words in the Cantonese sentences. And half the time, their pronunciations are all wrong. Tak tau malu ke?

Wanna speak English, speak it properly lah, kanasai. Damn pathetic when I hear their conversations filled with English words here and there, and that stupid slang wei. Ya I'm bitching today, stupid internet buat hal, my Photoshop oso buat hal. Gah!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Honey Roasted Chicken with Paprika and Herbs
We roasted a whole chicken last weekend, HAHA! Hubby and I were always thinking about this idea: Roasted one whole chicken and see if we can finish it in one sitting :P It's a crazy idea to some, but heck!

Ingredients used are very simple and easy to obtain from your local supermarket:
1 small-medium size chicken (clean it first ok)
3 tbps olive oil
1 tbps dried rosemary
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp chilli powder (for a dash of spiciness!)
2-3 tbsp honey (don't use too much otherwise the chicken skin might get too roasted/black)

Mix all the herbs and honey in a small bowl. Then spread the mixture evenly onto the chicken inside out, and if you can, spread some of the mixture under the chicken skin too. Marinate the chicken overnight. When you're ready to roast, take the chicken out about 30 minutes before roasting to cool the chicken down. Pre-heat oven at 175°C for 20 minutes. Roast the chicken for about 1 hr 30 minutes, or until the drumstick part is fully cooked (use a knife or something sharp to poke, making sure the juices run clear). Serve immediately.

Give your chicken a nice massage~~~ :D

Roasted to perfection~~~ *slurp*

Makan time!

I'm making this dish again this weekend for my mum and sis :P Yumyumyum!!!!