Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hiatus

Need I say more? Laterz!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Nick Vujicic in Malaysia, 22nd May 2013

I had the chance to attend a talk recently, by none other than the man himself, Nick Vujicic. If you've never heard of him, where have you been? Just kidding!

To keep things short, Nick was born without limbs, and has spent much of his life now dedicated to be a motivational speaker, especially to students. Despite the circumstances, he has remained very upbeat about his life, his motivation to share and educate, and is one that is full of love.

This event was organized by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and Sunway University, and it was indeed a huge event for its students, who were all clamouring to get a glimpse of Nick and take pictures of him. When I got to know about this event, the tickets for public (only 400 available, FOC) were already snapped up on 45 mins! I figured I wouldn't have much of a chance to attend the talk, so I didn't really bother about it much. Two days before the event, my workplace received a media event to attend the talk, and I tried my luck. Lo and behold, my colleagues and I were given the good news that we could attend :D

The stage is set for the special guest.
We found our way into the designated hall, and the venue was already packed with students. Good things for us media folks, our seats were right up front! While waiting for Nick to show up, the organizers started playing some video clips of the campus etc, and then we were told no photography or videos were allowed... with the exception of media folks... *smile*.

Nick Vujicic in person.
And when it was announced that Nick had arrived, everyone's spirit rose and was anticipating his appearance into the hall, with the photographers and videographers all ready to capture that significant moment. Aside from the campus hall, the live feed was also broadcast to other parts of the university, their campuses in Johore and Ipoh, and also the resort. Talk about reaching out to as many people as possible, Sunway University did a pretty good job covering this.

Everyone was thrilled to see Nick in person. He was funny, witty, charming, and to see this man in the flesh, it gave me the sense of possibility and hope. How sometimes we see ourselves so small, we plant the seeds of unworthiness inside of us, simply because we chose to see the bad side of things. Nick admitted to the audience that he had thoughts of suicide before as a child, and even attempted it before. He was teased, bullied, looked down upon, made to feel like a burden to his parents. Being a devout Christian, he is now channeling all love and energy, going around the world speaking to children, spreading the love and with a little bit of hope, change the world and make it a better place.

At the press conference after the talk, before heading to the airport to catch his flight to Vietnam.
After the talk, there was a short press conference in a nearby lecture room, and my colleagues and I quickly followed closely behind. Nick was still full of energy and taking questions from the media. I had a chance to ask him a question too, and my question to him was: can you share with us, what it felt like, to hold your child for the first time?

Nick was smiling the whole time, and you could tell he had an enormous amount of love for his wife and 3 months old son. His voice and eyes had a lot of sincerity in him, and he's pretty charming and funny too. 

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I managed to take a short video clip during his talk, and I do agree with what he said in the video. Sometimes having a positive attitude may not be enough of a coping mechanism.

One of my favourite quotes from his book 'Unstoppable' is this: If a man without limbs can dream, why can't everyone else? The talk was inspiring, emotional (many from the audience, myself included, at one point, had tears in our eyes), and I've very glad to have had the chance to hear Nick Vujicic share his story and his strength.

Nick will be back in Malaysia in August, this time it's Taylor's that's bringing him in, and it will cost you an arm and a leg... Click here to find out more about the event in August 2013.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ichiban Boshi @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

We made a trip to Pavilion KL one weekend, as hubby's younger brother was in town and wanted to do some shopping. What better way to take the tourist to one of the hottest shopping locations in town, right? From Pavilion one can walk to Fahrenheit, Lot 10, Sungai Wang, and Times Square (if you really must cover all the hot spots as much as possible). 

While at Pavilion, the brother's new girlfriend said she wanted to have some sushi, so we headed to Ichiban Boshi, simply because it was the first Japanese outlet we came across when we walked into the mall. While ordering our food, the staff were actually preparing a monthly show in front of the outlet, a tuna cutting demonstration. I was rather in awe about the whole thing and had to snap some pictures. All four of us stood around to watch the entire process, which was led by their Japanese chef.

Guess my weight!

50 kilos waiting to be sliced up.

Chef slicing off the cheeks. 

While the demo was taking place, the Personal Assistant to the MD, who was holding the mike, was asking questions about the tuna. Whoever could give the correct answer gets a plate of freshly sliced tuna sashimi on the house! The first question he asked was the weight of the fish, and no one really answered it cos everyone's eyes were just fixated to the cutting process LOL!

Each cheek is priced at RM 35, which is not expensive at all.

And now to slice the body and fillet it.

One tough cookie...

The best part of the fish, tuna belly.
The second question the PA asked was what kind of tuna is this, and hubby raised his hands to answer "Yellow fin tuna". Bingo! And out table received a plate of tuna sashimi (3 slices) courtesy of the restaurant :D Actually the answer was a dead giveaway, because the tuna had yellow fins.

It was also through this process, I learnt that yellow fin tuna has no toro, or fatty belly. Toro is only found in the blue fin toro, and is highly prized because of its marbling.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Black505

I'm sure most of you would've seen or heard of the term "Black505". It was actually a marking for the recent general elections, and the many questions evolving from the exercise. Three days after that historic day with over 80% voter turnout, a huge rally (or rather, assembly) was organized to reject the results, as there were several reports of alleged fraud and raised many eye brows about its authenticity and integrity.

Traffic was chaotic, cars were stuck on the highway, throngs of people in black tops marched towards the Kelana Stadium, where a huge crowd was already there, to dispute the election results, to be with fellow Malaysians, to stand united, and to show the ruling coalition what it really means to stand united, irrespective of race, religion and colour. I heard that a lot of shops in the nearby shopping mall had brisk business, especially with black coloured tops! Tesco would've been wise to stock up extra on that fateful day.

Front page of Utusan Malaysia, an UMNO-backed newspaper.

A long line of red lights, many heading towards the direction of the stadium, to attend the Himpunan Rakyat.

This photo was taken an hour+ after the one above. Car lights are all off, traffic was at a complete standstill, and backed up onto the NKVE/PLUS highway.

Some Samaritans helping to direct traffic.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Malaysia

5th May went down as history for many Malaysians, as they all came out in droves to designated polling stations, to cast their ballots, which will determine the fate of the country in the coming years. The results have been announced, but has left a very sour taste in the mouth and broken spirits, as it has left more questions than there are answers.

Too much has been going on, yet no one has been held accountable nor responsible. It's like some folks are untouchable... or are they? And it doesn't help when your country's  leader, is now fanning the flames of racism. What's even sadder is, that some folks are actually buying the stories and are fueling the flames. Is this what Malaysia has become? Do we really want this for our country? Are some of us too blind to see that the real culprits behind all these mess, are a group of people practicing elitism and only looking after their own agenda? They are probably sipping tea, lounging back in their patio and clutching their Birkins, laughing at all their minions who are doing their dirty jobs for them.

This is our Malaysia, our country. We all belong here. We are already home. The country belongs to the rakyat, not any political party. We are voting for a better Malaysia. And I hope you guys who are fanning all that bullshit and malice, will one day answer to a greater power, and be rightfully punished.

4th May - Stadium Kelana Jaya.

4th May - Stadium Kelana Jaya.

5th May - At the polling centre.

5th May - Inked.