Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goodbye 2006...


In less than 2 hours, a new year shall begin and before i list out my new year resolutions, i would like to conclude the year with some musings.
  • I am very thankful for the people i've met in my life
  • I am grateful for all the love and care i've been showered
  • I've learnt not to dwell on matters that doesn't go my way
  • I will always remember that the Sky is the Limit
  • I will always remember; Mind over Matter - if you don't mind, it won't matter
  • I've learnt to appreaciatte simple pleasures in life
  • I've learnt that if i treat myself better, i will treat others better as well
  • I believe that everything happens for a reason
  • I believe that it is through believing, things happens
  • I still fear loosing my loved ones

If God answers your prayer,
He's increasing your faith
If He delays,
He's increasing your patience
If He doesn't answer at all,
He has something better for you.

Happy New Year everyone, may the new year bring lot's of joy and happiness to each and everyone of you wherever you are... :)



Dear Aunt Agony...

Met up with my pal Suishu San for brunch yesterday. I took her to Creme Cafe at Ikano to try their cupcakes and food as i haven't got a chance to go there myself. The place has shrunken by half in comparison to their previous location at Hartamas and was hardly noticeable as it's quite hidden at the corners. But Yuki (the owner of Creme) said that business is definitely better as the location is more well received by her loyal customers. I for one will agree as i live less than 5 minutes drive away :) Sitting there, i could see many ppl coming by for her famous deserts and cupcakes. So make sure you guys drop by to try them out! Right across Pet Safari at Ikano Power Centre and they share the same unit as Clay Expressions.

So, back to my ritual with Crystal. We would usually hang out half the day burning the chairs at the cafes or restaurants catching up since that woman's usually up there and away more frequently than she's down here and home. After not seeing her for so long, she's got a much shorter hair and amazingly good looking nails! *jealous* She went to for french mani and padi while she was at Shanghai for only RM100. Cun sial, make me wanna get one myself!

Amazing! Crystal has nails!


We both loved the padi especially cause it's really neat and clean looking. Good looking nails seriously makes one's limbs glow with youth all of the sudden! And Crystal, please keep your fingers tied and stop trying to peel them! It's too costly for that sickening habit ok! ;p

Thank You Ridsect!

While i was out running some errands and doing some grocery shopping at Centre Point few days ago, i came upon this!


My heart sang hymns of praises, "Thank Goooodddd.... it's about time i get that lil' bas*@#& that's been popping in and out my apartment freaking the little hakunas out of me!"

Nope, it's not a Roach, it's freaking huge slimmy jungle lizard that i bet Steve Irwin would go 'Crikey, what a beaauty!' (if he's still alive to see it!) Sorry Steve, i'm no lizard fan and this CICAK is no endangered species either, so it's GOTTA GO!!!

For some reason, i'm extremely terrified of cicaks, even more terrified of them than the roaches (actually, equally terrifying lar, but the cicak is more geli sial!) Even one little one would send me screaming for mama if it's less than 3 feet from me. Maybe because i use to torture them when i was a kid. Bro and i would trap them with plastic containers and make them loose their tail... EWWWWW i can't believe i use to DO THAT!!! *puke*

Anyway, i was damn excited to set the trap to catch the whole damn family that's making my home their home! Pissing wherever they please and making me clean up after them! One lil' bas*@#& even shite on my laundry right on my new Abercrombie white polo tee!!!! And it's stained for good now! Perhaps that should explain my utter rage and determination to get rid of them!!!

So... on the very same night, i set the 1st trap at my living room where i spotted a little 'cina' cicak a week ago, slightly skeptical about the traps effectiveness as it's rather murah for 5 disposable boxes that screamsss TRAP all over. I started wondering if cicaks can read... then yesterday morning i went to check on the trap from atleast 4 feet away with a torch light. And guess what?! Cina Cicak took the bait and was stuck on the sticky glue all contorted (trying to escape maybe?) I was darn pleaaaseee man... but that fella was only about 1.5 inches in length (juvenille only) the lil' bas*@#& that hangs out at my kitchen was atleast 5 inches long!!!!!! And it's dark and freaking scary too!!! So... off to my 2nd cicak trap mission! Yesterday night, i set a 2nd trap in the kitchen. Carefully choosing a spot to place the trap, i picked the 'hot spot' where i found what i assume is lil' bas*@#& 's droppings. After that, i prayed for the same success i had the night before and went to bed.

And this morning i found that God has answered my prayers :) Check a load of this!

DAMN BIG & GELI righhhhttt????? I was shaking like hell when taking this photo cause it was still ALIVEEEEE!!!! And the remaining half of it's stupid tail was actually stuck inside along with it's upper part! I quickly screamed for Mike to get rid of it and even he shudder with geliness when using the coal clamp to grab the lid of the trap and threw it inside a mega huge plastic bag which is then bagged in another bag!

*sigh of relief* Atleast the lil' monster is down. I wonder if there's anymore! I'm not taking any chances, so i'm definitely setting the 3rd one tonight to clear the clan for the new year! God bless!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Blabber

My week so far since the 'Peekaboo' story has involved some twists and turns of discoveries and transitions of people coming and going once again. Seems like the year end is a perfect 'move along' time because it's more meaningful to say "Let's start anew". I'm already starting anew myself. I've been practising "comp-abstinence" after working hours. Successfully left my laptop untouched for the past 6 days. I spent most of my time last week rushing last minute Xmas presents, cards, farewell cards and get-well cards even (Dear CL, i pray that you're all better and well by now- well enough to read this)

I did some spring cleaning at home, at work and with myself lately. Threw out many things that has been sitting around without a cause to avoid bad 'chi' accumiliating and encourage renewed energy into my zone. What better way than to start reorganising oneself for the new year! Sweii got me my Xmas wishlist FENG SHOE book (i lurve it sooooo much!) Now i can shop, wear and rearrange my shoes with FengShui reference! And of course, after throwing out so many stuff, i started buying more stuff... sigh. It's a neverending story i know.



Anyway, i didn't really get to express the amount of stress i went through at work last month. But it was 'good stress'. You know, those adrenaline driven ones that really pushes your limit and credibility. At one point, i actually felt like this:



Really challenging my wits and guts to the max especially when i found myself surrounded by high ranking intimidating scholars. I can smell a pungent of shrunken balls and cold sweat. But having been through it all and actually successfully 'pass the test', i find myself bursting for air of relief and cheer! Woohoo!

Am looking forward to the coming year very much. Alot on my mind and lot's of plans happening already so i'm freaking excited about them. And to start the year meaningfully, Su and i made a vow to launch our "Shyok Sendiri" blog to feature our self-fulfilling crafts. Now that i've announced it, we can't back out and potong each other's steam! FYI i've started with my "SS" projects already... and thanks to Loong Zhai's generous Xmas gift; a freaking awesome book of toys and crafts! I shreak with excitement each time i go through it. Thanks again Loong Zhai for the big lovely surprise! :D Okay, i should get back to my craft production! Will give a proper updates of 06's Xmas soon enough when i get hold of all the photos. Meanwhile, have youself a Merry little Christmas, may all your dreams come true~~

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Roadtrip

I found some closure to that unanswered question that has been bothering me the past one and half months. The pain hasn't entirely gone away, but i'm have more reason to feel good now.

Today marks the 49th day of popo's passing. Dad, mom, Mike and i went back to Bukit Mertajam to give our 'final' respects or as how i term it as 'closing ceremony' and dad conducted some final rites. We arrived BM yesterday late evening, and we stopped by Tambun for seafood before heading off to meet my Tai-Gu (dad's eldest sis) for some last minute prayer stuff shopping. We then went back to my ancestors home for a cup of tea and to show Mike around as he's never been to my dad's kampung.

'So much history on the wall...', Mike said with his head still tilting about. He was amazed at the timeline of family portraits hung up at the wall. From there we started telling stories about our families... happy ones and not so happy ones... we've spoke of it occationally, but yesterday at my gong-gongs house, it was one of moments one rarely get to experience when we're so caught with work and city life. We sat and just talked about everything under the sun and moon...

This morning, we headed for the temple where popo's urn was placed to perform some prayers and respect to usher her soul to the next spiritual level. I'm no Buddhists, neither am i a baptists Christian so i performed the rites with my family along with 3 of my Ah Gu's 3 other cousins anyway. Mom's a bapdists Protestant and she was quietly condemned by some Christians for holding the jolstick and kaotaoing throughout the entire Taoist funeral, prayers and all the little details with dad. She said. "Cheh... i wasn't worshipping the dead or idols wat, just paying my respects as a worthy daughter inlaw and doing my duty as a wife mah..." I think Mom's turning Bohemian like me :)

It was a case of 'monkey see, monkey do' for me throughout the whole procession. I stuck by dad closely the whole time making sure i'm doing the right thing. When it was time for the monk to chant some prayers, we had to kneel facing popo's urn until the end of the chanting. I knelt next to my elder cousin sister who seemed super well composed with the jolsticks firm between her palm and steady on her knees. My older cousin brother was on my other side followed by dad. After about 2 minutes of chanting, i began to feel restless. Shifting my butt weight from side to side, i started observing the people around me. Mom's already left the 'zone' tilting her head about checking out the other people's urn around the room. My cousins were consistently focused while my Ah Gu seemed to be spiritually connected with the chanting. Then from the corner of my eye, Dad suddenly leaned forward with his head lower than his shoulders, instead of hands clasped together, he placed them on his laps and with his eyes tightly shut, he pulled a few deep breaths throughout the chanting. I tried to relate the feeling of loosing a mother, and i instantly felt like breaking down. I knew dad missed his mother very much.

The chanting lasted approximately 10 minutes, and we then headed off to another temple with the jolstick that is said to lead my popo's soul to reunite with gong-gong. Overthere, we did another round of simple prayers and gong-gong's plague was taken down from the altar so dad could remove the sticker that has been concealing popo's name next to it for the last 30 years. Dad was back to himself by then, breaking a few jokes on and off about what my gong-gong's gonna say to popo after their 'reconciliation'.

We headed for home soon after the last rites, stopping for lunch at Tambun (again) for seafood (again)! Mom couldn't resist their fresh and juicy crabs even after having it the night before. I had so much seafood that my lip is numbed from the minor allergic reaction!

All in all, it was abit of a rush but wonderful trip. It definitely brought us all closer through the difficult moments. And like every other day, there's a lesson in life from it all.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Let's talk about AIDS


Save a life starting with yourself,
be well informed.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  • There are atleast 19 unreported HIV+ cases in Malaysia everyday.
  • It is reported that kids as young as 10 years old are having sex.
  • Most women are more concern of pregnancy than contracting HIV from unprotected sex.
  • Oral contraceptives cannot prevent one from contracting HIV.
  • Using a condom can reduce one's risk from contracting HIV by 99.9%.
  • HIV+ people are no different from everybody else. They don't 'stink' (smokers are), they are not 'sick', they won't die sooner (if treated) and they are as healthy as HIV- people.
  • AIDS do not descriminate. The more 'risks' you take, the higher your chances are.
  • There is NO CURE to AIDS, only prevention.
  • Abstain from unprotected sex.
  • Abstain from sharing syringes.
  • HIV cannot be spread through air, sneeze, saliva, tears, touching, kissing, hugging, sharing of utensils, clothing and food.
  • HIV can be transmitted through direct blood transmission, exposure to internal body fluid such as semen, vaginal fluid & breast milk.
  • One can also contract HIV from unprotected oral sex.

More more info, go to http://www.mac.org.my