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Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Malaysia Day 2011!

To all Malaysians!



Remember, unity is the key.

Monday, September 12, 2011

中秋节快乐!

记得要早回家吃月饼哦!
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bridges

It takes time to build good rapport with people around you. Some longer than others. For me, it's LONG. It's a personal thing, I don't open up to people quickly. I think it's because I'm afraid to invest my sentiments in someone until I am certain he/she will not disappoint me. Call it phobia, for I've had my share of heart-shattering (oh, the drama!) disappointments before, more than I deserve, I dare say (only because it's my blog). That, or I still have remnants of insecurities inside me. But once I start caring, it's a long-lasting relationship that I'd cherish deeply.

Recently in my life, many different people have come and go. Our encounters ranged from one week to a few months. Trust me, it's not a good thing like "Oh, I get to meet new people frequently, so it's awesome!". I NEED to have and maintain good relationships with these people. Let's just say it's crucial for my daily survival (and sanity).

So it was building bridges after bridges - some with only the foundations done, some with only the substructures up, and some with only paintings left to do. Some were completed but were never put to use. While others were only used for a while before the other end of the bridge became obsolete.

It's emotionally tiring to be building all these bridges, hopes flying high that the bridge was coming out so beautifully only to discover it will never be used, or used for long. It has become difficult to stay motivated to build new quality bridges while wondering how long before the other end decides to leave.

It started with just one, then two, then four, and now almost all the people I trust are leaving. It has come to a point where I have become the stranger in the room. With so many things in my hands, building so many new bridges at the same time is no easy feat. The disappointment from being abandoned by the trusted ones certainly is not making it any easier.

This is really a total opposite to my last one. Every bit of it.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Why Do People Love Angry Birds?


  1. It's simple. Very simple. Sort of like a break from PlayStation and Xbox.
  2. It has bright and colourful graphics. Pure eye-candy.
  3. It has funny and cute characters.
  4. It has very catchy background tunes and cute sound effects.
  5. Its aim is to kill ugly but still cute looking pigs.
  6. We get to destroy properly constructed structures with very satisfying sound effects.
  7. We get to fling cute little birds around, angry as they are.
  8. It's free (for some).
  9. It's so popular that nobody wants to be left out.

(That's all for now. See if I can think of anything else. Feel free to suggest via comments!)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song



Who else thinks this is the cheapest and yet the most hilarious music video ever? I mean, anybody with monkey masks can produce this video! But hardly anybody else can make it as entertaining as Bruno Mars, me thinks.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bosses

What some bosses say that makes them look heaven-sent:
  • "Don't work too hard. Work smart instead."
  • "We must know how to live a balanced life without overworking."
  • "You don't need to apply for leave for this. Just take the day off."
  • "You've been sick for a week. Is work giving you too much pressure?"
  • "Why aren't you attached yet? You are a very eligible young lady."
  • "You poor thing!"
  • "What are you still doing here? Go home have dinner with your family!"
  • "Switch off your computer NOW and go home!"

While some bosses are less accommodating...
  • "Are you working today?" (It was a Sunday)
  • "Do this, this, this, and this. All urgent."
  • "Are you going home, or are you on your way to site?" (It was past office hour)
  • "You're moving to a new office tomorrow. You'll need to start working weekends and in the evenings thereafter".
  • "I fight for your rights a lot, you just don't see it." (And we don't feel it either)
  • "Don't be so calculative with the company." (But we work OT almost everyday)
  • Calls you in the middle of a traffic jam on your way home, "Where are you now? Can you make a U-turn and come attend a company dinner (which I was not invited to earlier)?"

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Looking Back

As the month of June approached, I couldn't help but think what I would be preoccupied with if I were still working in Singapore. Remember last year I wrote about the Closing Dinner of Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2010, which my previous company organized? It's now that time of the year when everyone in PUB Singapore is on the tip their toes trying to make the next round of SIWW the most brilliant yet.

I visited the SIWW Facebook page and found many photos and videos of the SIWW 2010. They really make me miss being part of such a big event, albeit just a tiny part. When I think about the kind of things I did back in PUB Singapore, it makes what I am doing now feel like a grain of sand. When I think about how busy my ex-colleagues must be around this time, I can't help feeling left out. This proves that I had felt belonged in the company, like I was part of a big family. Kudos to the company for managing to form such a pleasant organisational culture (my current company could certainly learn a thing or two here).

See, this is what happens when I start to have extra time to think over things. Yesterday was a public holiday, which makes this a 2-day weekend without work, which means more idling time for me to start wandering in thoughts.

I was hoping that I would never look back and start missing life in Singapore, but I knew I would. I mean, life in Singapore wasn't all bad. Some parts of it were great, as a matter of fact. To be honest, I only felt great at work when there were distractions like the SIWW or any company event. Don't get me wrong, my last employer was a great company. I don't think I'd ever be able to work for a company as "beneficial" as it, if you get what I mean. But if I didn't leave the job, I'd never learn to appreciate it, and for as long as I don't know how to appreciate it, I will never do.

Although my current employer isn't as cool as my last one, I met some really cool colleagues, which so far is enough to cover whatever negatives that comes with this job. I wanted to experience different dimensions of work life, and experienced them I did.

Generally, I am happier now than back in Singapore. But there is still a lot of room for improvement (goes without saying). Just the other day, a colleague pointed out that I always seemed happy despite my heavy workload and I seldom complain. It reminded me of that one time when my ex-colleague said a similar remark. Truth be told, this time, I really am happy, just not too satisfied. Twisted, isn't it?

There goes my dose of blabber!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Power of Music

It's feel good moment. No, this is not an NTV7 advertisement. xD

I was feeling a wee bit down due to the approaching Monday. Then I played my long abandoned MP3 collection and picked some of the happier tunes. Guess what? It worked! Now I'm feeling all gleeful for no particular reasons. I almost forgot how music can make me feel so much better. I used to listen to my music collection almost all the time back in Singapore - in my room, walking to the bus stop, in the bus, in the train..everywhere!

Let this coming week be a good one.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My Next Splurge

The splurging bug has crept up on me again. The last time I burnt a hole in my wallet for a tech gadget, I got myself the HTC Desire. That was almost exactly 1 year ago! Now I'm itching for some new gadget, in particular the PlayStation 3.


The PS3 has been in my horizon ever since Final Fantasy XIII first came out. Back then, it seemed ridiculously expensive because there was no other way but to buy original copies of the games. So I resorted to watching YouTube videos of other people playing the game to ease my itch.

But lo' and behold, the pirated versions of the PS3 games have finally become available at very affordable prices! That includes Final Fantasy XIII! Unfortunately, the game console itself is still rather expensive at RM1100-RM1500 (trying not to think how much more affordable it would be if I were still earning Singapore Dollars).

The cost is not the only reason why I didn't get one right away. I hardly have time to play nowadays. If it took the jobless me more than a month to finish Final Fantasy XII (which got me totally addicted, by the way), imagine how long it would take me to finish Final Fantasy XIII now with my crazy working hours!

Although I am still contemplating about this, I have a feeling that I will end up buying it. I know, the hype for PS3 and FFXIII is so over now, but hey, they say better late than never! Wait...maybe never is better than late in this case... Arghhh! I'm so caught in a dilemma! *Gemini Twins fighting inside*

Who am I kidding. I am so getting it.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Puzzled

Remember Cherry Biscuit? I brought it back to Malaysia with me. There isn't anywhere else to hang it in my room except on the window curtain rail. My bed is right beside the window, so when I stand on my bed, I can reach the curtain rail with ease.

Now here's the strange story. Since I came back, I had twice tried to remove Cherry Biscuit from the curtain rail... in my sleep! I woke up in the middle of the night, stood up on my bed, and started trying to undo the bendy wire used to attach Cherry Biscuit to the curtain rail. I guess I was really only half-conscious, because I remember being very disoriented and uncoordinated in my attempts, even using brute force. And as I became more and more awakened, I realised how silly I must've seemed, and went back to bed. The next morning, I would recall the experience like recalling a dream, only slightly more real.

So that happened to me twice and finally, 2 nights ago on my third "attempt", Cherry Biscuit came off the curtain rail. The next morning, I saw Cherry Biscuit lying on my desk and the bendy wire still dangling off the curtain rail.

Now I'm really, really puzzled. Why does the sleepy me keep wanting to remove Cherry Biscuit from the curtain rail? It's not like it was at an obstructive or distracting location. I've slept underneath it since my Singapore days. Nothing happened then. So why now?

Any idea? Anyone? Someone with psychology knowledge, perhaps?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DIY Ang Pao for a Malay Wedding

The last time I went to a wedding reception, it was a Chinese wedding and there were no doubts which colour crepe paper I should use for that DIY ang pao.

This time, it is a Malay wedding. For this DIY ang pao, I went for white and pink simply because I love the combination. It's also wedding appropriate. I guess it shouldn't be called "ang pao" because it isn't even "ang" (red). But "ang pao" seems to have become synonymous with money packets, whether or not it's red.


One thing I always felt bad about making these DIY ang paos is having to destroy the gorgeous invitation cards. Thankfully this time, I have 2 - that's 1 for each of the reception at different locations. This time around, I added layers to the frills. I think it turned out not bad, although my handicrafts could use some brushing up.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cheng Meng 2011 - One Last Stay at the Ancestor's House

This is long overdue.

Last Cheng Meng (1-3 April 2011), I was back in Bintagor, Sarawak, where my Dad grew up. I hadn't been back in 12 years, the last time being for my late Grandmother's funeral. This trip was even more significant because it would be the last time I get to see my "ancestor's home" before it gets torn down for land development. Although I hardly went back, the place still held lots of memories of my Chinese New Year balik kampung days, back when all the aunts and uncles went back for the Reunion Dinner with my late Grandmother, when my generation was still a bunch of playful kids without a spec of responsibility in this world.

So tons and tons of photos were due. You know, before it gets demolished and all....


Out first meal upon touch down - True Sarawak Kam Mua Mee and Wantan Soup!
Visit to the graveyard:

The 40+ years old "ancestor's house":

Photos of the attic where my Dad and his 10+ sibblings used to sleep while growing up:

The house cats. Yes, these are 4 different cats!
This gigantic moth appeared in the kitchen on Chinese New Year's Eve 2009. It measured about 20cm long. We think it was one of our ancestors' spirits. My eldest uncle told it to fly to the living hall, where photos of our ancestors were displayed, so we know which ancestor was it. The next morning, it was seen perched on the wall among the many framed photographs of our ancestors, although it was difficult to tell which one. It was gone by afternoon the same day.


Although I've been back to this ancestor's house for quite a number of times when I was young, this was the first time I actually feel curious about the place. Alas, just when I was beginning to feel attached to the house, I had to say goodbye to it for the last time. But I guess it'll never beat what my Dad and uncles felt. They must have such great sentiments to the house. Yeah, modernisation sucks that way.

So, goodbye dear ancestor's house!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ijok Beggar Chicken @ Ijok

Spent 1 hour driving there from home in Klang. Food wasn't that great, but I guess it was an enjoyable meal thanks to great company (colleagues and family).

^Birthday Noodle (One of us celebrated his birthday that night)

^ The Beggar Chickens

^The Beggar Chickens - Close Up

^The Sweet and Sour Crab

The were more dishes, of course, but who has time to take photos of food when the crab is so delicious? (And my hands were covered in crab gravy).

There were around 15 of us, including 2 children. We spent about RM379 in total. Quite cheap, if you ask me.

We Have a Comic Artist in the Office!

^Click to enlarge.

Of all the reputation I could get in my new work place...I got the "好吃" one...