Tuesday, March 31, 2009
so it was quite fast yeah. the man on the line apologised for the rude behaviour of the duty manager and they are going to make a check on the outlet.
he even asked to meet me in pizza hut again but i told him i was not local. hmmh...i wonder whether i would get a free meal if i went.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The rules are :-
1. Make a list of what you want on your birthday.
2. The list should be 10 numbers
1- a surprise birthday party (the best party right??)
2- everyone to celebrate with me because they want to and not because they are obliged to
4- a nice leather designer bag....dream on
5- fly me to somewhere exotic for the weekend
6- a prince charming?
7- a pampering session at a spa
8- a happy meal where there is non-stop chattering with friends and everyone eating to their heart's contents without worrying about gaining weight
9- birthday wishes from sammi ;P
10- everyone to be healthy and happy
3. Post the image of this award in your posting
4. Give it to 10 friends of yours
err....i dun have that many friends with blog!!! but i will just tag anyone i can think of and maybe you can leave your answers in the comment box.
5-kx (ok...so what if your birthday is over)
7- jia en
8- yee lin
10-kwei...if he ever drops by
hopefully the 2 magazines will last me one week.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
so first up, lunch at bidor curry house. i actually had food at home, but when a colleague asked if i wanted to join her, what the heck...i felt like some curry.
this is what i had, two pieces of chicken, fried cauliflower and papadom. i am greedy and a carnivor! that cost me rm6.50. it is so expensive to eat nasi kandar. the smaller plate opposite mine cost rm9, with white squid and fish, fried bitter gourd and small pieces of chicken.
it was filling all right. i felt like vomitting when i went jogging at 5p.m. but i just pushed myself to finish the route because it had been a few days since we had a sunny evening. plus, there was the dinner to burn away.
so at 7p.m.....dinner time. well, not so fast actually. let us drive to teluk intan first. so 7 of us in an unser, drove to teluk intan in the rain. it wasn't raining in teluk intan so we were dry.
the famous landmark of teluk intan, our malaysia's own leaning tower. this tower is already more than 120 years old. my sony k801 cybershot mobile phone does not disappoint me. we went for a stroll at the square after dinner. and oh, the clock of this tower is actually brought in all the way from london. and we were lucky to be able to hear it chime 10 times (10p.m.) i feel so privileged and proud to see this pagoda-like structure.
oh, back to dinner. venue: pizza hut. ok...crazy 7 who drove all the way from bidor to t. intan for pizza. when u are with friends you enjoy being with, anything is fun and fine. so had a filling meal of stuffing myself with unhealthy dough. but the mantra for the night was: eat first, the rest- figure it out after eating. this pizza hut got poor mark for its hospitality...and i have notified pizza hut malaysia about it by filling in their customer feedback form in their website. you watch out! waited 1 hour for 2 deli wings and poorly stocked salad bar (less than 10 pieces of raisins), etc. am i addicted to making complaints? no...i am just doing it for their own good. reeeallly!
the last stop after hearing the clock chime- mcdonalds. yeah, the golden arches have invaded teluk intan. from bidor, you will see road signs indicating the distance to reach this restaurant. 42km, 40km, 30km, on and on. this place was packed on a friday night. no wi-fi but there is a tv outside and families with kids were enjoying their supper of fries and sundaes while teenagers who had just finished their basketball practice congregated here. how healthy.
we still have space in our tummies? well, let the feast continue with desserts. the main purpose of stopping here was for the banana pies for tomorrow (not me) but almost everyone ended up with sundaes as well. see, when you are happy, you will eat more!
and look- caught on the way out. the one in red wondering 'how much could you dig out from the small cup?/ are you going to finish everything yourself?'
well, i better be frank. i did not. the question is: do i really want to?
again...let me just tell you the truth, i think this is just trying to make a statement and to join the so-called 'cool' crowd. what happens next? for me, the most practical is to inculcate the having of saving natural resources in your daily life. doing it for one hour a year is useless.
the picture on the left is taken from inside the house. outside, the porch is all dark. i din switch off the light. grandfather did. so is he the cool one in the house? 8tv stopped transmission at that time and grandpa decided to do his part. he left the tv and went to switch off the light outside. he couldn't switch off those inside because i had my class going on. the second pic on the right showed the street outside our house. i wonder if the neighbour on the left and right purposely switched off or was just a coincidence. ooh...let me check. nope, the lights are still off, so i guess she does not need to switch on her porch light since the street light is bright enough to light the porch. how lucky.
so...what did you do at 8.30p.m. on saturday 28 march 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
well, i guess i am satisfied with the reply but too bad, the concert was already a thing of the past and there was no second chance for me to capture those nice photos of a-mei's customes because of one overzealous rela officer! damn him! misjudge? stupid!!! dunno how to differentiate between photo-taking and video-recording??? ppl taking photo will be checking the camera everytime a shot is taken while those recording will keep on holding their camera for many many seconds still. sigh....maybe i should have been more adamant on that day and pick up an argument with the officer. haha...that would scare mom so much.
Hi, first of all, we would like to say sorry for the bad experience incurred during A Mei concert. We feel regret and at the same time, honoured to have gained your support all this while.
Indeed, we do not restrict phototaking using normal digital camera but noticing that digital camera has a recording function, it is hard for one to tell which function is being operated from far. The RELA officer might have misjudged during then and consequently reacted that way. As the organiser, please allow us to apologise on behalf of him.
Maintaining the security of the venue is no doubt the biggest resposibility of the RELA, but to uphold the rules & regulations of the concert is also their obligation. Recording is strictly against the copyright rule especially when the Artiste Management representatives are observing closely at the venue, thus everyone of us including the management, usher, ticket checker and RELA are paying high attention on this issue, sometimes causing certain individuals to become over sensitive.
Therefore, your forgiveness and understanding is deeply appreciated.
Thanks a zillion.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
what have i achieved?
slept a lot.
got my passport done.
sat for my exam. sucks.
went to a concert and visited relatives.
watched a few movies....yeah!....the wrestler- mickey rourke was good and marisa tomei as the stripper...salute.mickey was better than brad pitt in benjamin button. milk- no wonder sean penn won the best actor award. the movie is better than bbutton too. rachel getting married starring anne hathaway. it was ok. confession of a shopaholic...so-so.
hmmhh...that's it. oh, and booking the flights to hk. how easy to spend 7 days.
have to go now. have a wedding banquet to attend. a colleague is getting married. time to play dress up and take out those heels baby. yeah...liberation for a few hours in those killer heels. tomorrow will be back to sports shoes again.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
went down to puchong with mom to aunt's house (mom's sister). had to go down to bukit jalil anyway for a-mei star tour 2009. got free tickets from sally. lucky me. since no one want to accompany me, i dragged mom along. it is her first visit to bukit jalil and she has never been to a concert here.
we reached there in the afternoon and waited for wei to come. it was his day off. gosh, his company is making the employees take one day off a week now and they only work 4 days.
and wei became our unofficial driver for the afternoon.
first visit, to uncle's house (mom's brother) also in puchong. forgot which taman already. there are just so many housing areas here in puchong. i dun think i can find my way to uncle's house if you tell me to go there again tomorrow.
uncle wasn't home but his wife and sons are. oh, his eldest who just finished spm last year got 11 A's. 9A1 and 2 A2. how clever...and he did not apply for any scholarship!!! he only applied for matriculation and he is now waiting to enter form 6. he is adamant to fulfil his ambition of being a veterinarian and he knows there is only one local uni that offers the course which is upm. so in order to enter the uni, he has to do form 6 regardless of how difficult ppl say it is.
the above pic is an extension built just for the dog house. this great dane (scooby doo) whose name is rocky even has his own fan in the house. oh, such comfort. he is very tall but getting old and frail already. he hardly stood up to greet us and oh-so-well-trained. din bark at all. when can my dog be like this?the interior of the house. the living room is spacious, bigger than the kitchen although aunt bakes a lot. hmmh...they should have made the kitchen bigger. aunt does a lot of baking here and she is a good baker...cookies and cakes. anyone would like to order any?? she does take order and her business during cny is thriving.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
this protective mother scolded the 13-year-old boy in front of all his friends and his boy. in her 'clarifications' (her own words) with the boy, she sounded him for changing his boy's name. she said, "i have given such a lovely name to my son, don't you dare change it. this is my last warning to you." and other stuff like don't you bully my son, blah blah blah.
i couldn't be bothered to listen any more.
i wonder if anyone has ever scolded her son like how she did for teasing? i am sure her son is no angel from what i see. boys will be boys and of course teasing is something unavoidable at this age.
tell me who haven't been teased before? gosh, last time we have nicknames based on colours, numbers, height, weight, animals, things, hairstyle, fruits, etc. and we did not have parents picking fights with our peers...do we??
i personally think the boy who was scolded did not deserve such harsh bombardment in front of all his friends. she could have pulled the boy aside and spoke nicely to him. her son might lose a few friends or one friend now. but on the other hand, children are quite forgiving so maybe what happened yesterday is already the past.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
why must it rain on the day i had chosen to go and renew my passport??? after much effort, a cup of coffee and toast (no fruit for breakfast today to avoid hunger at mid morning), i started my journey before 7.30a.m. at the esso petrol kiosk, met the lady operator who said it would be a breeze at damansara counter because they have a lot of counters open. she just did hers not long ago. well, that was a relief and i have heard a lot about our automated passport renewal kiosk which will get your passport delivered in 2 hours. so far so good...
but ohh....the journey came to a crawl as soon as i passed sg buloh and it really crawled all the way till pusat bandar damansara. WAAAA!!!! workday crawl...and i reminded myself i am oh-so-glad not to be working in kl.
taken at the tol plaza...these 2 lines of cars would slowly merged into one under the green roof. malaysian drivers! we are so good at improvising and the lines were actually quite orderly mind you. but hell! don't they see that there is only 1 entrance for touch n go for this lane!!???!!!!
9a.m. as soon as i reached pbd, off into the parking bay and u know how LOW you have to go for visitor parking lot here. so i went all the way to p5 (basement 5) to find that place. no problem, lots of space. then straight off to the information counter to find the automated kiosk. it turns out that the kiosks as you see in the picture above, are situated next to the main entrance of the immigration office.
as i was about to enter kippas, i met an immigration officer who was on his way out after collecting a stack of passports in envelopes to be renewed. i showed him the passport photo i had taken earlier in tm to see whether it was ok. well, it turned out that the background in my passport photo was too dark! and i had to take another set with lighter blue background. damn those photo studios! so next time...remember....light blue background for passport photo....light blue like on a clear blue sky!
there went my rm14 for 4 pieces of new passport photo. gosh...no more radiant me in pink blouse and nice hair potrait. it was pale me with blemishes and darkblue collared shirt. and you dun need to wear collared shirt for your passport photo actually. i read the requirements pasted on the wall, as long as your clothing cover your shoulders and chest, you are all right.
ok, so back to kippas i went. followed the instruction on the atm-like machine until the part where they told you to put your old passport in the slot provided. another problem! the message 'cannot detect thumbprint' popped up!!! WTF!!! ok, i knew that they could not detect my thumbprint the last time i did my old passport, but what i din know was they did not put any of my thumbprint scan in the old passport! i remembered that the officer told me she could not detect my right thumb's scan so she put in the left one instead. i cannot go through the automatic scan in the airport so i have to queue and get my passport checked manually instead all this while.
ok....so i approached one of the officers there in the kiosk...and i was told to go upstairs and renew my passport there instead!!! AAAAA!!!!!
went to bought the form for rm1 (why are we charged???) and filled it there.
oh, did i tell you the automated kiosk was empty except for one lady doing her passport renewal there??!! why can't the staff on duty at the selling form counter tell ppl that they can renew their passports at the kiosk? that was they save rm1 and a lot of time in queueing up??? the kiosk is not for new passport application...it is only for renewal. but i saw many ppl in the queue (pic below) were actually renewing their passport too! come on immigration dept...the KIPPAS kiosk has so much potential. dun make them white elephant!
9.15a.m. got up and joined the queue. it didn't look long right?? but wait....i only got to the counter at 9.45a.m.! why soo long encik??? but the indian chap sitting behind the counter was smiley and friendly...that took away the gloom for a while.
i ended up in mcdonalds and ordered myself a chocolate milkshake and fries. yes, these were lunch. it was soo crowded with office workers and college students pilling on the burgers and soft drinks. ok...i am turning health freak here. i dun wanna take soft drinks and burgers! but what a hypocrite, i ordered fries! so the rest of the day will just be fruits...nothing but fruits.
and oh....i finally got my passport 10 minutes before 2p.m. what a big relief. the potrait photo with a smirk was staring at me in the page with a yellowish tint...but one good thing about the photo....i love the hair! well, that is a consolation.
and zoooooom....paid rm9.70 for carpark fees and back to tm i headed.
tomorrow....another long morning.
wake up time? same as today.
i guess today's morning call is a practice call for tomorrow. i wonder whether it will be a wet or dry one.
Monday, March 16, 2009
well, do i mind? hmmh...come to think of it, isn't the reason why i love haircuts so much?? that it can change your look? maybe that is why i like to keep my hair to an ugly length and then take the drastic cut.
well you all still recognise this is beanie right despite all his hair clinging to his body?? he dreads taking showers and will go into hiding when he sees mom with his bottle of shampoo. he has to be coaxed out so that he can be put on the leash.
oh, talking about shower...we have installed a new water heater at home. yea to great shower time. no more turning on the gas countless times just to get heated water. no more shivering in the cold water. great booster pump as well.
and there is this green and purple monster in town. amidst those yellow buildings, this one really stood out. it is next to the market. from afar, you really can't miss it. it is not such a sore in this picture, but in the big picture, it really stuck out. i wonder what it is going to be used for? another departmental store?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
how do you feel about buying the jeans now? i will certainly not buy it knowing she is the spokesperson. well, not that i like the brand anyway. call me bias but i can't help it. what was the company thinking? i have never really been a big fan of twins although i did buy their best compilation cds. i mean some of their songs are catchy despite their weak vocals. but gillian pretending to be all innocent and naive all these years. i was so thankful when the real her was exposed in the edison photo scandal. no more lying behind that so-called girl-next-door image anymore.
she can make her comeback and i won't give a damn. just no more lying and acting as the so innocent one.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
wow...that was fast. i was going to add the eight which is books.
dun have 7 bloggers on my list...so i guess it will just be sj and what the heck...those of you who wanna do...just do it and post in the comment box!!!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
and i spent sunday night watching movie, badminton match and series.
to kick off the night, i had marley and me. yup, now i have another movie to add to 'movies that make me cry list'. it is not that good a movie actually. the book is of course better...capturing the whole marley madness and chaos scenes in the grogan household. those who haven't read the book would not understand the endless chaos caused by the 'worst' dog in the world. i was remembering snippets from the book while watching the movie hence the crying part when they had to put marley to sleep. i could not really feel the connection the couple had with the dog in the movie. it is not even a dog movie, it is the grogan's movie.
luckily i din watch the movie with kien in the cinema. was thinking of doing that when i meet her next week if i did not get my hand on the movie. i bet both of us would be sniffing and handing tissue papers to each other by the end of the movie. she is a mad dog lover. i wonder how i would take beanie's death when it comes. still a long long way to go.
next...the all england's badminton man singles between lindan and lee chong wei. did not really expect malaysian flag to be soaring in the arena frankly. although this is lindan's first match of the year, he is still a very good player. luckily, it is better than the olympic's final in beijing. the other single players out there really have to put in more effort to break lindan's streak. he is super! remember when ppl said federer was unbeatable, well, i am waiting to see who will be the 'nadal' smashing the shuttlecock at lindan.
and lastly, ugly betty, episode 15 and 16. yeah...finally!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
In search of the perfect leader
A reader sends me a questionnaire in which he presents the profile of three world leaders who lived in the same period of history, and asks if it is possible to choose the best one using the following data:
Candidate A was associated with witchdoctors and often consulted astrologists. He had two mistresses. His wife was a Lesbian. He smoked a lot. He drank eight to ten martinis a day.
Candidate B never managed to hold down a job because of his arrogance. He slept the whole morning. He used opium at school, and was always considered a bad student. He drank a glass of brandy every morning.
Candidate C was decorated a hero. A vegetarian, he did not smoke. His discipline was exemplary. He occasionally drank a beer. He stayed with the same woman during his moments of glory and defeat.
And what was the answer?
A] Franklin Delano Roosevelt. B] Winston Churchill. C] Adolf Hitler.
So what then is leadership? The encyclopedia defines it as an individual’s capacity to motivate others to seek the same objective. The bookstores are full of texts on this theme, and the leaders are normally portrayed in brilliant colors, with enviable qualities and supreme ideals. The leader is to society as the “master” is to spirituality. This, however, is not absolutely true (in either case).
Our big problem, especially in a world that is growing more and more fundamentalist, is not allowing people in prominent positions to commit human mistakes. We are always in search of the perfect ruler. We are always looking for a pastor to guide and help us find our way. The truth is that the great revolutions and the progress made by humanity were brought about by people just like us – the only difference being that they had the courage to make a key decision at a crucial moment.
A long time ago, in my unconscious, I changed the word “leader” for the expression “warrior of light”. What is a warrior of light?
Warriors of light keep the spark in their eyes.
They are in the world, are part of other people’s lives, and began their journey without a rucksack and sandals. They are often cowards. They don’t always act right.
Warriors of light suffer over useless things, have some petty attitudes, and at times feel they are incapable of growing. They frequently believe they are unworthy of any blessing or miracle.
Warriors of light are not always sure what they are doing here. Often they stay up all night thinking that their lives have no meaning.
Every warrior of light has felt the fear of joining in battle. Every warrior of light has once lost faith in the future.
Every warrior of light has once trodden a path that was not his. Every warrior of light has once felt that he was not a warrior of light. Every warrior of light has once failed in his spiritual obligations.
That is what makes him a warrior of light; because he has been through all this and has not lost the hope of becoming better than he was.
That is why they are warriors of light. Because they make mistakes. Because they wonder. Because they look for a reason – and they will certainly find one.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
yeah, try this....but u have to watch what you eat for the rest of the day too lah....
i have been doing this for 4 days now starting on monday. instead of my usual bread and coffee for breakfast, i have been having a big apple and the normal cup of coffee. it helps in bowel movement too. but this apple does not come cheap ah. mom bought them at rm1 each. hahaha...cost wise it is more expensive than eating bread...but health wise, it is tonnes better.
in the afternoon, i try to have as much fruits as possible. for mid-morning snack, i have been having grapes. no need to cut or peel mah at the office. in the afternoon, if i cannot stand the hunger, i will take some biscuits. no more rice meal. i have oranges and big pears waiting in the fridge too. at night, it will be the caterer's food ie soup and 3 dishes.
i should take the caterer's food in the afternoon hor...it is more ideal to have a proper lunch than a proper dinner. but i sometimes leave office at about 2, so that makes the lunch very late. might change the pattern next week and have proper lunch in the afternoon while fruits for dinner.
am i on a quest to make myself thinner? not really lah...just wanna put in less processed food in my body.
on another note...the boss said my hairstyle is stylish..ahem! but unfortunately, those young young ones (14-year-old to be precise) said it is horrible. boohooo....i guess they could not take the drastic transformation.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
and it is in a dark brown shade now. i think i will be walking around in this short hair thingy for a while. save on shampoo and it is a fuss free hair. just scrunge some wax and i am ready to go. just-out-of-bed look anyone?
Sunday, March 01, 2009
shops which normally don't do sale at this period of time are also having one. one such store is adidas originals. i asked the sale assistant and she said, "what to do? bad economy." they usually have theirs at mid-year and end of the year only.
my initial plan to shop at isetan was also dropped after learning that parkson grand has double vouchers promo for bonuslink members. on newspaper yesterday, bonuslink members day was only for a day. the salesperson in parkson told me that it is extended to 3 more days. hence, i got all the cosmetic stuff from parkson grand and got rm20 vouchers for every rm100 spent. (isetan only gives rm10) and besides that, you will also get rm10 voucher for every rm150 spent for other purchases. isetan never gives this.
so yesterday i walked till the shop closed, from about 3.30pm to 10pm. painful leg? what pain? haha...total shopaholic mood man! syiok! but ouch on the purse. anyway, i stay true to the mantra not to buy retail...all stuffs bought yesterday were discounted.
lunch box on the go? well, not mine actually. it was for a colleague who had to rush from bidor to tm without her lunch. the kind of thing i could do on ppl just so i could spend more time shopping...ehehehe. anyway, it was quite a lunch box. rice with stewed duck meat and mushroom and fried egg with bitter gourd. on the right, all the shopping bags left on the floor while we had our seafood platter meal at manhattan fish market for dinner. my hands almost broke from carrying them, luckily i had a few 'assistants'.
clothes! clothes! clothes! that nike tee was accidental. i just had to find a way to finish using my cash voucher, hence that shirt. anyway, it was 50% off. and the ACG shorts was only rm39 from nike sportsland. and ooh...i have another pair of evisu jeans. this time it is bootcut. love the rugged details i.e torn and faded effect. this was not impulsive buy ok. i actually tried it on last year but then let go of the idea. then few months later, i finally got it. so i adhered to the advice of thinking carefully before making a purchase in order not to regret later. ;P and that denim dress too. tried it on last year, and yesterday saw that it had a 60% discount tag on. tunggu apa lagi??
accessories...do i need another pair of sports shoes? err...well, let me have another pair of shoes i can wear to work lah. i have been wearing the pair of mizuno faithfully to work everyday, so let me alternate with another pair. and ooh....don't you love that fossil leather clutch? again, i spotted this clutch last year while shopping for a bag to use for dinner but did not but because it was too expensive (more than rm600). but lucky me, isetan had fossil clearance sale yesterday and the clutch was at 60%. yes...so that is my best buy of the day! below the cluth is fossil necklace. that ring is from najo (an australian brand...they have some really nice sterling jewellery). 50% for that pair of nike socks. u can rarely get their socks at this price now. rm7.95.
aaahh....pamperings. facial steamer to get rid of those dirt hidden in the pores (keep my fingers crossed that it works), twisties and listerine from watsons. supposedly value buy...but the twisties is the same price as outside. slumpdog millionaire the novel...i have orders to buy them. 20% from kinokuniya...only rm27.90. too bad the original one Q&A is selling at more than rm50 now. i am glad wei got ours at around rm30 years ago when it first published. he caught a gem there. and this last bag was the heaviest, all the facial toners, cleansers, moisturisers and masks. that big bottle of clinique clarifying lotion was salon size and it was best buy at rm115. it is really cheap. my first time trying clinique. actually toner is in my shopping list...so i decided to give it a try since i get a good bargain. i also got a free clinique travel size compact powder because i got special invitation from parkson for free skin consultation. this was the real reason why i went to parkson in the first place...to get this free gift. and as u already know, i ended up spending most of my time here.
aaahh....going to fast shopping now for a few months. enough splurge. so shopaholic or what???
and i said goodnight to beanie only at about 1.30am this morning. he couldn't be bothered with my antique taking his photo because he wanted to catch his sleep. wasn't i tired? of course i was but the oscars repeat made me stayed longer on the couch.
end of this week's post. wonder if i have anything more interesting to do next week to beat this. i am going to be quite free. so the wandering mind might come up with something. or do you wanna suggest anything??