Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Gifted Man (CBS)

Image from Google.com

This TV series was one of many hubby and I have been following over the last few months, and it was unfortunate to find out that CBS has cancelled the show due to low ratings :( Darn Americans are only looking into profit...

This series starts with a self absorbed surgeon, brilliant mind, talented, and a hot body to boot. It seemed there was nothing this guy can't do, he was like every girl's dream guy. The type of guy you'll be so proud to bring home to introduce to your mum and dad. The kind of guy your girlfriends would throw themselves on to.

This man had everything going for him, until he started getting visits from the beyond *ahem*, his ex-wife's spirit. The main character, Michael Holt, starts out as an excellent brain surgeon, whose life has solely been materialistic due to his list of wealthy clientele which he serves in his private practise. Until one fine day, he discovers the news about his ex-wife's (Anna) death, and started getting "visits" from her.

Anna is also a very passionate doctor, and runs a free family clinic down town (the poorer side of New York, as apposed to the more upscale side of Michael Holt's practise). Since her death, she started visiting Michael (and it's beyond her control, she just comes and goes), asking him to try to help out at the clinic as the clinic was her life. It is at this family free clinic, that Michael is exposed to the poorer side of things, and that not everything is as rosy and convenient as he had always seen them to be.

And throughout the entire season, you slowly see changes in his arrogant exterior. Michael Holt begins to question his purpose in life, and what he really is set to to achieve. There are also several other characters which would ultimately impact Michael's life and change in character, and I really like how the moral lessons and multitude of human behaviours were weaved into the story line. It's just too bad the show got cancelled.



Friday, May 25, 2012

How Will You Measure Your Life?


I came across this video after a friend tweeted about it on her timeline. The speaker, Clayton Christensen, from Harvard Business School, talked about why it is essential to hold on to one's commitment 100% of the time.

Watch the video, the read the article here: http://hbr.org/2010/07/how-will-you-measure-your-life/ar/1


"The choice and successful pursuit of a profession is but one tool for achieving your purpose. But without a purpose, life can become hollow." 

"Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success."


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

World Turtle Day 2012


This is for you @pelf81 :)


Random Conversations

Via MSN

Guy: tsk tsk tsk

Guy: women are strange creatures

Girl: hehe get used to it

Girl: u'r living wif one hahahaha

Guy: strange la

Guy: living with 2

Girl: wat so strange wor

Girl: men r strange too

Girl: not as emo, but strange never the less

Guy: very evil

Guy: when it gets personal

Girl: hell hath no fury like a woman scorn

Guy: exactly

Girl: :D

Monday, May 21, 2012

Seeking For An Awakening - Part 2

For the past 2 weeks, I feel a sense of uplifting and calmness. I've been feeling a whole lot better about myself. I can't really explain it, it's just something good you know.

I no longer feel that sense of strong responsibility, that I have to constantly live up to expectations of everyone around me. I now know that I am not required to constantly be at everyone's whim and fancy, expected to always have everything in hand for everyone. I was such a result oriented person in the past, that for whatever steps I took, I had already expected an outcome which I wanted. And that had often times led to some disappointing situations.

I have come to realize that life is not all about the competition. And that I shouldn't be so hard on myself anymore. I have been doing my best all this while, so while sometimes things will work out, others may not work out as well as I had hoped for. I have come to realize I should not be beating myself up when things don't work out the way I had intended, because that's how life is. You win some, you lose some.

I have also learnt that no matter how cautious or prepared you are, there will be folks out there who can't wait to give your their criticism and comments, just waiting for the chance to say something. These folks have come to expect that I provide everything, and have answers to everything, even if it's really not part of my responsibility nor obligation, it's just that I've always provided because I felt I had to. And they have realized that, hey... Oli will follow up and handle it, Oli will follow up and handle that. She's always the one there, no sweat! Oli has things covered!

Well folks, that Oli has come and gone. I know what I have to do, and I know what I will let slide. As long as I have done my best, no one can fault me on anything. If you wanna fault at me, go right ahead, cos I can't please everyone every single time. I'm not going to question why some people act like so, because that's just the way they are, and I have to except them. They whine they groan they complain, go ahead lah, tak larat nak cari gaduh dah.

I'm gonna be pleasing myself first and foremost. You will just have to take the back seat, and wait.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Yoga Theraphy With Mark Breadner


I recently signed up for a 1.5 hour yoga workshop at the yoga studio I frequent, as I was told they had invited a special guest to teach the class. Curious, I signed up for it and did a little reading about the foregin instructor, Mark Breadner.

I've never attended any yoga workshop before, simply because most of their schedules were not suited for my timing. It was either during a week day when I have to be at work, or weekend and out of town. So when my instructors told me about this particular workshop, why not? Timing was just right, I could get off work a little earlier, and experience something new.

So who is Mark Breadner? I've never heard of him before, then again there any many yoga instructors out there, can't possibly remember them all. So I did some Googling, and discovered about Mark a little bit more - Click here to read more about him.

There were about 20 of us that day in the class, and everyone was just excited to meet and greet Mark. He started off with a short introduction of himself. His late mum had been a yoga teacher for 50 years (wow!), and he started yoga at the very young age. He also admitted he had his rebellious years, got involved in many unhealthy activities, and became really really sick. That was when he turned to yoga for direction and healing. And since then, it was a journey of discovery, a life long passion and learning for him.

I also read from the website, how his surfing accident punctured his eye and left him blind on one side, and how he had turned to yoga for healing. Such is his story, I can't imagine how difficult it must've been for someone with full vision, to suddenly lose one side of vision. But with the help of yoga, he pulled through.

During the workshop, Mark's emphasis was more on understand our body, our limbs, our muscles, and getting the mind to be still, to be aware. His style of teaching was leaning towards the yoga theraphy side of things, to help unblock the 'disturbance' and 'heal'. Someting which I can relate to quite well, as I am healing myself.

I left the class feeling enlightened and had a smile on my face :) Thank you Mark, for sharing with us your methodology.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Adobe CS 6 Launch Seminar @ One World Hotel, 17th May 2012

Mind fucking awesome product. Enough said.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Russell Peters Notorious 2012 World Tour

The new about Russell Peters coming to this part of the world, rocked a lot of socks off. Funny man Russell Peters, known for his crude jokes and poking fun of every ethnicity he can and getting away with it, people will PAY to go see him just to be insulted! TAKE MY MONEY!!!

Poster taken from Ticketpro.com.my
Russell Peters was scheduled to do one show in Malaysia, so you can imagine the anticipation when the date was confirmed and the tickets sales was launched. Massive rush, server downtime etc. There was no fucking way I could get hold of those tickets :( And then we saw the silver lining... 

Due to the overwhelming response (like duh!), Russell Peters was going to add a second show! And the newly added show was a day before his scheduled performance! Whoopie! On top of that, a friend who was also trying to get the tickets, knew someone in the organizing committee, so he tried to help us score some tickets (no promises of course, due to the overwhelming response). And we got them! Payment had to be made immediately in order to secure the tickets, so I promptly made payment and hurray!

To be honest, I wasn't willing to pay more than RM 200 a pop, as the most expensive ticket was RM 438, way over my budget. So we settled for the Silver tier tickets, at RM 188, still affordable and within my budget.

Somebody's gonna get hurt real bad~~~!
Armed with our tickets, we made our journey with some friends to Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam, where the event was held. There was already a steady stream of traffic heading towards the stadium. I guess everyone is just dying to get there to see the funny man (insult me please!)

Taken from our seats on the South side, second tier (Silver - RM 188).
Clear view of the stage and 2 large screens.
We parked our cars at the nearby open air car park, and made our way to one of the entrances. Then we were told that our seats were upstairs, and we had to walk to another entrance. Which turned out to be quite a distance, all the way to the other side! Luckily for giant banners pointing the way, we made our way to the South entrance. As we made our way, there was a long line of people waiting to collect their tickets outside the stadium. Made us wonder the organizer didn't allow the patrons to collect sooner, then at least they can skip the long queue.

As the stadium steadily filled up with people, DJ Spinbad was spinning to the crowd. A constant pre-recorded recording to remind people that video cameras were not allowed was playing as well. Everyone was just happy and excited and just waiting patiently. As most Malaysian events, the show start5ed half and hour later, at 9pm. Russell Peters must have been briefed about our famous Malaysian timing hmmm...

There was an opening act by Joey Medina, a former boxer. His jokes were pretty vulgar, mostly sex related haha! And then came the man himself... *drum roll* Everyone cheered and screamed and shouted at the top of their lungs (yes Malaysians love Russell Peters much!).

Throughout the entire 2 hour show, Russell Peters was just doing his stuff and making us laugh nonstop, with tears streaming down our eyes from time to time, and our throats getting dry from all that laughing. He was also picking on the folks sitting right in front, one of which was a family of 4, particularly the husband... and his wife happened to me the obgyn I'm seeing. What are the odds of THAT?!?

It's hard to describe the show, you just have to be there to experience a Russell Peters show. It's hilarious, it's crude, it's vulgar, it's just freaking funny. And after a long tiring day at work, what better way to unwind than to pay hundreds of dollars to a man that will make you laugh your bellies out!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

BYOB Green Concept @ Damansara Kim

My first blog posting about BYOB was in early April, which can you read it here. Today, being a lazy Sunday, hubby and I didn't really have any place to go, so I suggested we drop by the BYOB Green Concept outlet at Damansara Kim, as I wanted to check the place out and see what products they have to offer. Also, I needed to get some floor detergent and I wanted to head over to BYOB and try out their product.

Main entrance of BYOB Green Concept @ Damansara Kim.
Armed with 2 plastic bottles (2 litres each) we drove to Damansara Kim and walked into the outlet. The interior setting was simple and clean, nothing fancy or extravagant. I like the idea of using chalk boards to display their product prices.

BYOB price list.
So what do they have here? Plenty...! Products such as laundry detergent, floor cleaners, kitchen degreaser, dish washing liquid, car car products, even hand sanitizers. All prices are listed for consumers to see, and they are very economical! The owner, Ms Wong, is very friendly and is ever helpful to explain what each product is for and will even recommend products to you, should you need a little assistance. Do bear in mind that her recommendations, are based on her experience using some of the products.

Pretty pretty bottles.
There's even a little corner of colourful bottles, and they contain the product samples, so consumers can see for themselves what they're buying, and even choose the fragrance. There's even a few bars of natural soap for sale. Children, those are not soft drink bottles, so keep your hands away!

The rustic looking counter is pretty cool eh?
BYOB @ Damansara Kim occupies a third of a full outlet, which is more than enough space at the moment to house the products, and have a small reception area for consumers. The setting is simple, and I particularly like the rustic looking reception counter. There are a couple of high stools for you to sit on while waiting for your refills, and a makeshift bench.

BYOB products in full view.
Ms Wong was kind enough to allow me into the storage area to take some pictures. She was telling us that business is still rather slow, as most people are still very skeptical towards such products which they perceive as "brand-less". Consumers being consumers, we have been bombarded by many advertisements and promotional materials, some of which have brainwashed us to believe that paying more = getting high quality stuff. In other words, cheap thing no good, good thing no cheap.

While the saying may work for some consumer goods, when it comes to household detergents, some products can be harmful not just to the environment, but to our skin too, as we're exposed to them while using them. Hence we will hear stories like rashes, eczema conditions flaring up, flaky and dry skin etc. I've been following BYOB's Facebook page and also believe that these blogger friends of mine would not venture into such business unless they really believe in the product and are confident of it. So why not give BYOB a chance, right? After all, we not only purchase the product at an economical rate, we're also helping  Mother Earth and reusing plastic bottles.

Love the sink!

Floor cleaner (lavender), Pine Gel (like Dettol) and dish washing liquid.
We ended up with 2 litres of dish washing liquid, 2 litres of Pine Gel (works like Dettol, use as a multi-purpose cleaner/disinfectant), 1 litre of floor cleaner and 1 litre of car wax shampoo, a grand total of RM 21.30. And as they have a promotion now until 28th May 2012, if you purchase above RM 20 in one receipt, you get 1 litre of dish washing liquid free (bottle not included).

So what are you waiting for? Bring your bottles over to the nearest BYOB outlet near you, and get your refills! BYOB is currently located at Damansara Kim, USJ Subang Jaya, Klang, Setapak, Kajang and hopefully, many more to come :) Here's wishing Ms Wong and BYOB Damansara Kim, great environmental success!

For more information visit their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/BYOB.Malaysia


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Seeking For An Awakening


Lately my mood swings have been erratic. Before you start pointing fingers at me being a woman, and about women having erratic mood swings during that time of the month, I have to stop you right there.

It's not about the cycle, it's not about moodiness. It's about me. I seem to be stuck in a runt off late, hence the mood swings. I've been getting angry and annoyed at little things, which usually don't bug me as much. I've been sharing my feelings with some folks who are very very close to me, as I just needed a shoulder to lean on. I've been having small bouts of breakdowns from time to time, and I'm still trying to figure out why.

I took a step back, to analyze what has been bugging me lately. I also discovered I had lost a bit of weight over the last two months, and didn't even realize until I stepped on the scale (and also because my yoga instructor was quite concerned).

I discovered I have been putting a fair bit of pressure on myself, over a few things in life. And it started just after Chinese New Year. The pressure to deliver, the pressure to be better, the pressure to improve. It felt like I owe it, to make the deliverables. Without realizing it, it felt like failure wasn't an option, I couldn't afford any mistakes, I just had to make it.

It felt like the world was moving so much faster than I can keep up, and I'm pressured to push myself to keep the pace and move just as fast, to keep up. I must confess though, I'm getting tired.Tired of the chase. Tired of trying to keep up. Tired of just watching people expecting me to keep up. Tired of being the one who has to chase for others.

I want to think for myself now. I don't want to speak for others anymore. I want to take action and responsibility only for myself, heck with the rest of the world. I want to think for me, and me only. I want to know and understand myself better. I want to make myself happy longer. I want to look after myself better. I want to enjoy my life more. I want to hear myself better. I want to understand what I want out of my life, what I want in my life. I want to find the steps I need to make to achieve that life.

I want to get myself off auto-pilot. It's going to be me from now on.

Super Moon


A friend of mine took this during the recent super moon phenomenon. Damn awesome, right? Just seeing the picture makes me smile, to know that I'm looking at a great wonder :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Eat Well. Travel Often

I don't travel often enough. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What Will It Take?

What will it take?
What should it be?
When will it start?
When will it end?
What else is there to do?

I guess we will know in due time.