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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Redirect to new blog

Please click here to access my new blog for all the recent updates

Please kindly update bookmark to include this new blog;
Christy's Life Journal


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Consolidating my blogs - please update your bookmarks

"You have too many blogs, I have lost track!"
This is the comment that I have been getting from everyone and anyone I know.

I often laughed and chuckled as it was just typical of me; being the indecisive and also with my multiple interests and constant need for multitasking, I ended up creating blogs for almost everything and anything I wanted to write about.

This blog, Angelstar Blog Haven marks the start of my blogging journey, and was what inspired me to write in the first place.
It was the ONLY blog back then, where I wrote about everything in this single blog.
It remains my main domain to this day, and I am still really proud of her.

The blog then slowly expanded to a new food blog, which I created to capture all my eating adventures; me being that picky person who is very particular with what she eats.
It's really not a great thing to show off; being someone who is so selective when there are so many out there living in starvation.
I will try to change my habits, it will take time, I have my allergies and dislikes. I am still human, after all.

The food blog began my expedition of capturing interesting food, which I eat or don't eat, and all those banquets and gatherings with family and friends, and no meal is left out of my camera's radar, and no one will touch the food served on the table before I take a snapshot.
Ahhhh, the power of my food blog on my close and loved ones =)
yumyumbites.blogspot.com aka Food Diary of a Pickyeater remains one of everyone's favorite blog to check out what I have been feeding myself.

Feeling rather personal, I have also gone into creating a little diary for myself, the name of the blog stemming from this special and unique acronym my darling created for me when we first met and how he would always tease me with it before we embarked on our magical and lovely journey.
That was the birth of my DPCS Princess Diary blog.

I loved travel, and it did not take me long to realize that I would want to capture all my travel tales into a blog; somewhat like a scrapbook or something like that and therefore, I created a few travel blogs before finally settling on Christy's Traveblogue

The list of blogs further expanded; and I launched into a rather crazy mode by creating blogs for my movie/tv reviews (Movie Bugz)
I had a loud voice and opinion on feminism; and therefore, I started my Voices of Eve

The list goes on, and I even have a blog dedicated to my favorite books; reviewing all the books I have read and want to read.
Thus the birth of From Angelstar's Shelves

Another interesting blog of mine is the Starry Starry Night which carries all the tales, myths, superstitions which I enjoyed sharing from my ancestors and elders; or from books I have read or even hearsay!
This may sound like a spooky blog but it was actually a very educational and most satisfying blog I have, giving me a whole new perspective of all the unexplainable things happening around us.

I have another blog on my strong opinions and beliefs; My Thoughts and My Words
and my last and most recent girly blog.

Anyway, all the blogs above have come to a certain maturity and timeline and recently, in my sane frame of mind, I will be consolidating most of my blogs and streamlining them to a few blogs only which you can start to bookmark to check on the specific stuffs:

(Comprehensive and consolidated list for easy access, I promise)

1. NEW MAIN Portal; Christy's Life Journal (replacing Angelstar Blog Haven, DPCS Princess Diary, My Thoughts and Words)

2. My Food Diary

3. My Travel Blog

4. My Movie Blog

5. All things supernatural and mythical; Starry Starry Night

The above 5 are the main blogs to bookmark in your browser from now on; as I will be spending time on them.
You can access most of the other blogs from the main portal, but these will be the five main blogs from now on =)

Stay tune for more updates.....


My mind have been filled with thoughts recently; and I see flashbacks of my life and also my views of my upcoming future.
It was a crazy journey, with flashes of the happy and sad memories all running side by side like it was on a roll of film slowly exposing itself.

I smiled, laughed, cried and even pondered at some of these memories and asked myself question after question, whether it was all just so surreal.
I find myself looking at my own life which was like a huge atlas spread out before me, with marks all around and the gray areas left unexplored, and I felt overwhelmed at how things have affected me in every little way.

Surrounded by all the memories and my own life, I looked at in comparison to the big wide world out there and a sudden realization dawned upon me, I was such a small person living in a big big world out there and what I had journeyed so far, sadly seemed insignificant compared to the big globe out there.

I felt so tiny in comparison to the huge world and the things that I could do, or reach out to and I felt ashamed at the same time that I had simply not done enough to contribute to the world out there.

I am just but one person, it's true, but one hand which reached out is more than millions of hands which shrank back and I feel that I could have done something.

Perhaps it is maturity, or the recent events and happenings around the world which triggered my awakening, but I believe it was meant to be.

It was a calling from God, it was something that I should have done long ago, and I am sorting all this through, and I do want to make a change.
I want to be someone who is not just part of the audience, but to be someone who makes things happen.

I want to be there to help to make the world a better place to live in, and it does start from me.

I have been blessed with the fortune of having a good life, surrounded by loving parents and family and friends, who provided for me and made sure that I was not short of love and attention during my childhood.
Perhaps it was this that made me content with my life, and probably the reason why I take things for granted sometimes.

I whine for little things that don't go my way, or when I don't have the best of the situation.
Little did I know that I was just being silly, and spoilt amidst all the other unfortunate things in the world.

I am thankful for being one of the lucky ones, thanks to the Lord Almighty, and I am grateful for HIS ways in me.

I am thankful for the times HE reminded me of how lucky I was, and for constantly waking me up to the harsh realities of life.

It may be a long journey I know, and I am ready for it, because I realized how much I have to do.

I am thankful that I am aware of the world around me and how I could be a part of it, to make it a better place to live in....

It is this journey called LIFE....

Sunday, September 19, 2010


I am BACK, and it's Sunday again....loads of updates and photos and I am updating my blogs in the meantime.

It's been a great and refreshing break, although I had some unpleasant allergies but that dispersed soon enough.

I am glad to be back too.....can't wait to work on ALL my blogs...stay tune and hope everyone had a great holiday too =D

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Vacation mood and annual leave

I am finally on annual leave today; and I am looking forward to my short little vacation soon!

I will be away for a week from blogging (I'll try to blog whenever/wherever possible! ;)

Till then, wishing all of you (if you are Muslim) a blessed and joyful Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration and to all, Happy Malaysia Day =)

It's Happy HOLIDAYS to me!~

Monday, September 06, 2010

It's Fall here and Spring there

I remembered I used to mention that we do have four seasons here as well; although we have this tropical summer season all year long.
(Actually that seemed like all year long summer since the sun is always there)

Anyway, recently as we are entering into the second half of the year, it has been raining cats and dogs and the winds are just so strong and breezy, sending chills everywhere.
It is the fall season, it is getting cold; with the winds and the clouds.

When the final quarter (year end) arrives, it will be all rain and dark skies again, hence ladies and gentlemen, that's our winter season.

I am starting to feel really cold these days, it makes me feel that I wanna don a trench coat with booties, ooooh, and not forgetting a woollen hat!

It is also interesting that how in certain places we have cold weather, or about to enter the cold weather in others, they have gotten rid of the cold and are entering the beautiful colors of spring.

Isn't the world a beautiful place, and all praises go to the Lord Almighty who Created all this =)

Counting Books

What do you do when you can't sleep?
Usually people tell us to count sheep, drink milk, or meditate before going to sleep to make it easier.

Vigorous exercise is also recommended, and watching tv or reading before you go to sleep is definitely discouraged.

I tried counting sheep, and no, it didn't work.

So, recently, I did something subconsciously when I was having trouble sleeping.

I started counting books, seriously, I have no idea where did that came from or how it started and what was I doing.

I think it was probably due to the number of books that I really wanted to read or get, and maybe I felt I haven't been reading enough when there are so many books in the world! LOL!

I don't know, but I kind of started counting books, I don't know what books or how did I start it.

Did that work?
I don't really think so either, but it was slightly better than counting sheep...

Crazy huh?
That's what deprivation of sleep/insomnia does to you....

Counting books, indeed...


It's the holiday season again, and what more to prove it than the rowdy and hyperventilating kids appearing on every corner of the street!

The joyous festive season of Aidilfitri is here; in fact, at the end of this week.
School going children are already on their break, and us, poor working people, we are waiting for the day we get the replacement for our public holidays! =)

Everyone in my office is already going on top of their minds on how they don't feel like working anymore and how everyone is just so pumped for the holiday season.

Isn't it just lovely when the holiday season is here?

Even I am in the holiday mood now....more than anyone would have thought ;)

I am singing Boney M's Holi-holi-DAY now ~ *SMILES*

Friday, September 03, 2010

Meet me...

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This would pretty much be me, after days of not being able to sleep at night and waking up constantly

I think I pretty much resemble this near-extinct species known for their signature black rings around their eyes.


I need my sleep; it's really exhausting, not to mention frustrating not being able to sleep or get a restful sleep at night!
The neighbors' dogs were culprits too, they barked throughout the night...waking me up

Any tips to help me sleep better at night?
(Forget about warm milk, or not reading/watching tv in bed...been there done that)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

HOT and COLD on the journey back...

It is really funny how the weather changes from one to another during my journey back from KL.

It was incredibly hot; the sun was seriously doing some taxing duties by scorching the rays on earth that particular day
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Then suddenly, we were greeted with this
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Pouring cats and dogs all over the road and heavy raindrops pattering against our dashboard

Funny, I usually love the rain, but on certain conditions, and traveling/driving is definitely not one of them!

The rain lasted as fast as it came because we stepped back into sunny sunny sunshine again...
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Now, how can anyone doubt the effects of global warming anymore or the wonders of God?

My lovely weekend~

I had a great weekend back at home; a holiday weekend which I almost missed.
Yeah, how ironic, I kinda forgot about this holiday (smiles sheepishly)

I mean, how could anyone miss out a potentially long and continuous weekend like this one; starting from the Nuzul Al Quran state holiday on Friday (applicable for only a few states) and Independence Day on Tuesday, which means I only need to take a day off on Monday to make it all a long five-day break and I missed that!

I don't know how, don't ask me and if you are going to label me un-patriotic, then maybe yeah.

Thankfully I was knocked with some sense and I made it my holiday home; to visit my family and my mum who was not feeling so well.

I ended up spending quality time with loved ones and close friends which meant a lot to me and certainly cheered me up and lifted all my thoughts off my mind.

A quick recap of my long weekend; which started on Friday but I stayed back and only travelled on Saturday morning.

1. Met up with my guy best friend in 1U at Paddington and managed to capture the Hari Raya props 1U has set up in conjunction with the festive season
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I love how they have created this whole traditional rumah kampung with paddy fields and the conservative (but realistic) atmosphere of the unity of the folks in the village.
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It definitely did take a lot of effort to set this up, and it was a depiction of our Malaysian outskirts which is the pride of our nation.

2. Went for a short walk with Mum and Dad to the nearby Pasar Ramadhan (to post in my food blog shortly =)
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3. Met up with my bestie and her boyfriend on our very first Double Date!!
We had totally no idea what to do so we just ate at Paddington's (again), this time at the Curve and chatted =P
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4. Went for my dental check-up, not exactly a very pleasant one either =(

5. Unpacked and organized my room and all my clothes, bags and books

6. Watched the Merdeka day celebration on TV
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(Yeah, I captured this directly from the TV, it's fun!)

7. Finished reading my current novel
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8. Visited my uncle and aunt and had a lovely afternoon chatting with them, while enjoying Aunt's homemade Konnyaku jelly (which I totally forgot to take photos of!)
I LOVE Konnyaku jelly, they are just so cool and refreshing on a hot and sunny day.
Oh, and I met the latest family member, a cute little puppy named Max which I also forgot to take photo of! He was just so adorable =)
I enjoyed the quality chatting session; we talked about so many things and I really had fun!
Thanks Aunt for the lovely jelly, I missed them already!

That was pretty much the summary of what I did and enjoyed during this short break; slightly longer than the usual 3-day long weekend at least and then, it's back to work and reality!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Where is this leading to?

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Do you go straight down to the ground with this signboard?

It's back to work again....

After a nice and long break in conjunction with Nuzul Al Quran (sorry for those who don't get to enjoy this holiday) and Independence Day, it's time to be back to work again.

Should I say Yeay?

I doubt any of us would say Yeay to the return of the mundane lifestyle we had; waking up (or not being able to wake up and dragging one's feet out of bed), driving to work, checking and replying emails/emptying inboxes of emails which never stop arriving, and then driving home and dinner and going to bed (or some may have more work to do), and sleep for a few hours and having a hard time waking up all over in the morning.

Is that anything to Yeay about?
Not unless you truly love what you are doing; which is basically damaging our own health.

Sometimes, we wonder, what we are doing, or is what we are doing worth everything we have

Think about it, while we beat the off cycle Wednesday blues....back to work!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bravo to another driver

Oh ya, on the topic of interesting drivers, I noticed some interesting driving behaviors on the road when I was stuck in the horrendous 3-hours traffic jam yesterday.

There was only one lane on the road and somehow some ingenious drivers managed to create an extra lane on the left, for whatever reason which we are all aware of (to jump queue!)

Anyway, in front of us was this Honda Civic; and the rude intruder on his left was a Toyota Altis which was rather persistent in and dangerously trying to work his way in.
On our side was a White Myvi which was attached to a driving school.

We enjoyed the little drama in front as the Honda Civic was rather defiant as well and refused to give way to the Altis which was seriously annoying and constantly try to ram his way in!

As we approached a narrower section (after slowly inching for what seemed like hours), I noticed the Honda's driver rolling down his passenger seat's window (which was next to the Altis driver's side.

What happened next caught me by surprise (it may not be surprising to some of you, I know, I am a little doe).
The Honda driver HONKED at the Altis driver and I think he showed some kind of bad sign or something and guess what, the Altis stayed by the side and allowed the Honda to move forward first.

WOWWWWWW, I mean, like really really WOW!
That was an amazing thing, and I have to say, this is one brave action I applaud!
It may be a little rude, but I didn't think the Altis had a lot of manners either if they do things like jumping queue!

I'd say, BRAVO to the Honda driver and to the Altis, it really a lesson to be learnt not to cut into the queue the next time there is a traffic jam.
It really doesn't make you a hero!

And the Myvi next to us, who badly wanted to shine as a hero, didn't get his way with us either as we didn't give way to him as well.
I just think that it's obnoxious and absolutely unacceptable that a driving institution sets horrid examples like these.

What is going to happen to our roads in the future? I dare not see...

It is NOT His fault....

Today I was driving back from town in the afternoon, heading home and I stopped at this traffic light at the main junction of Sg Dua (where N Park/Sunnyville is on your left and USM is on your right?)

The lights soon turned green for our lane and I was surprised to see that I am not able to move yet (the car in front did not move)
There was a honk and I noticed that the two cars in front of me; a Citra and a CRV moving out towards the right.
I followed pursuit and I noticed the main reason we are held back, a car put on the hazard lights and just stopped there.
I think it broke down or something.

Now, the astonishing part was this; this Citra honked at the car, and that's not enough. The driver rolled down his window and just rudely waved his arm at the broke down car, like the sign language of saying "What the hell"

I think otherwise, "What the h*** is wrong with this Citra driver?"

I mean, who asked to break down in the middle of the road?
Do you seriously think that the driver really enjoyed not being able to drive off when the light turned green?
It is enough that he had to endure and to figure out how to get his car out of there and fixed.

It is really NOT his fault!

Sometimes some people can just be so inconsiderate and insensitive....

Washing machines - friendly...or NOT?

Don't get me wrong, I love anything that is associated in technology.
Hey, I studied something related to technology and I grew up in a technological era anyway.
I do adore technology and I worship technology (okay, not in the Godly kind of way because I still believe in GOD Himself)

I am thrilled to have stuffs like washing machine and fridge, and I would even want to get a robotic sweeper/vacuum cleaner if I can.
I missed the washing machine so much, and I was so happy to finally have aid in washing clothes (now I sound like such a lazy housekeeper)

However, I've learnt that you do not simply throw stuffs into the washing machine OR to make sure that you're sober before you throw anything into the machine.
I absent-mindedly and absurdly threw my favorite pair of bedroom slippers into it and look at what it has done to them...
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Poor Pooh, that must have hurt a lot....

And this is the culprit, HE did it! Convicted....
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Past beautiful sunrise and into noon....

Sweep past the sunrise which is although breathtakingly beautiful, but it also made way for super duper thick blankets of haze across the skies.

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I do not know whether this is haze or also the massive heat emitted from the grounds/skies. (if that's even scientifically possible, actually, it is:)

I do not like the haze; it gives me headaches and running noses....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In the morning...

I love to wake up early in the morning and get the first glimpse of sunrise, but of course, I would need to be in a perfectly strategic location to be able to have that view, don't I?

Well, fortunately, I do.....and I was so happyyyy that I managed to capture this beautiful shot as the skies slowly brightened and made way for the SUN!

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Wow, beautiful and breath-taking!
Praise the Lord for his amazing creation =D

It is a brand NEW DAY today!!~ =)

THE Traffic Jam last night....

Here, I finally got these photos out from my phone....if you didn't believe me, look at the photos of the massive traffic jam on Penang island last night.
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The traffic jam which landed me 3 hours on the road, inching from one tiny weeny point to another and not close enough to hit the bumper of another car (thankfully)
I had a skilled driver next to me anyway ;)

The traffic jam which resulted in me having dinner at almost 9pm, and having to go to sleep later than usual because I had to digest the food!

This reminded me of the same traffic jam I got caught in at the Penang Bridge 4 years ago when there was this overturned truck/oil tanker on the bridge and I was stuck there for 4 hours!

Look at this, I am not on a new road; still the same old road, just that the car in front of me is not the one from the first picture because the poor frustrated driver made a quick U-turn to get out of this horrendous traffic predicament!
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I seriously thought I was going to be stuck there like, forever (a bit exaggerated), but it really felt like that!

*Shudders at the thoughts of the traffic jam last night*

Thank God I got home before morning, right?

Stuck for 3 hours!

Can you believe what just happened?

I was stuck in a crazy traffic jam which lasted for almost 3 hours!
The cars are not moving; I am not even in a bumper-to-bumper kind of crawl....it was a stationary; as if time has stopped and all the cars just stopped moving!!!

Wow, I doubt even one with most patience can bear to watch how one's car move an inch in every 10 minutes!

I am glad I finally got home, I thought I'd never make it....it seemed so far away....
Thank God for finally reaching home.

I still don't understand what caused the jam; but I am attributing it to the fact that tomorrow is a public holiday, and I heard that those states observing this holiday tomorrow are facing the same predicament in the traffic condition.

So, sometimes holidays are great and cool, but not the days before the holiday huh?

The income tax rebate but Wrong name

I have received a letter from LHDN (for those who are not familiar with Malaysia's abbreviations, that is short for Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negara; which simply means the Internal Revenue Board - your one stop for Income Tax)
Yes, these are the blood suckers who pinch percentages of your hard-earned salary against your will (using the law) and use it goodness knows where.

It was a delight to hear that I am getting a refund from the income tax I've paid for the past year. (again, not really a delight as this simply means that I have been over-taxed!! No wonder I was a few dollars short each month, LOL!)

Anyway, I was happy to find the cheque although I frowned at the order of my name on the cheque.
They put the surname right in front of my given name followed by my Chinese name and I was wondering whether this will go through.
This has happened before, and the bank often rejects your cheques when they do not follow your registered account name; word for word.

Well, I noticed the IC number on the cheque; okay, I guess that would be of help and so, with that in mind, I headed to the bank to bank in my cheque.

Two days later, I had gotten a phone call from the bank, requesting me to go to the counter as they are unable to bank in my cheque.

I drove there; with the nagging feeling that it is because of the name, and sure enough, my queries were confirmed when I was informed that the name does not meet the registered account name.
I nodded and then asked them again, "But it has my IC on it, and you can check my IC to verify my identity"

To be greeted by "I'm sorry Miss, you'll need to request for this cheque to be re-issued by the issuing party. We are unable to process this due to security reasons"

(HEY, I understand the security reasons or mock identity but I have my IC, passport and even Birth certificate if you want it or you can also contact my parents, relatives, colleagues or whoever who knows me to confirm that the name on the cheque is definitely me!!! Furthermore, I have such a unique surname I don't think can be duplicated so easily unless you fly out of the country)

*Secretly thinks to myself* I must change to another bank next time

As if she had heard me saying, she quickly added, "I think it's the same with other banks, all the banks have this same security rule"

I reluctantly nodded and smiled and thanked her politely, silently cursing the LHDN and wondering how she can possess telepathy skills.

Anyway, I faxed the cheque back to LHDN and wrote on the letter my specific request and the correct order of my name to be addressed to.

That was more than a month ago.

Last week, I received the letter from LHDN; two letters in fact, informing me that they had processed my request and in the other letter, my new cheque.

You guessed it, the same name on the first cheque which I requested for a change!!!


Don't they understand my message? I wrote it not in English, but in perfect and grammatically correct Bahasa Malaysia!

And DARN my previous company which follows the American style by putting our surname first and now everything is messed up in the LHDN system.

Ughs, I have got to to make that direct trip to the LHDN office and rectify this...and boy, I heard that I've got to be real early to avoid the jam inside the office...LONG queues ahead huh?

Queueing for my own rebate? Unheard of....

Do you see them? They're everywhere....

I am not referring to the you-know-what during the month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar; they are definitely everywhere, but so are another bunch of people whom you can see a lot and everywhere you go.

I am referring to our law enforcers, have you not noticed the increase in the road blocks, and the activities on the road where you just seem to catch a glimpse of them in their uniforms and their bright-colored cones?

Sighs, I just don't like the sight of all these road blocks, it just makes me feel uneasy, and those of you who have been reading my blog for the past few years will understand why I am not really fond of them or their activities.

So, just beware, they are everywhere....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tomorrow is a HOLIDAY!~

Yes it is, today is Thursday but it already feels like Friday!
DO you get this kind of feeling when the next day is a holiday?

Don't you just look forward to the fact that today is the last day you are working for the entire week?

I just pray that today will go by without drama. It is funny and ironic how whenever you are looking forward to just some peace and quiet for that day before you go off for your short and very-deserving break that things pop up which requires you to work late or extra just to close it?

I am praying and praying, please pray for me too, so far, it has been peaceful and uneventful and I am counting down to the next two and a half hours before I am officially free!! =)



I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess
'Til all my sleeves are stained red

From all the truth that I've said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw me wink, no
I've been on the brink, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that will delight those ears
Sick of all the insinceres
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics never jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

My God, amazing how we got this far
It's like we're chasing all those stars
Driving shiny big black cars
And everyday I see the news
All the problems that we could solve

And when a situation rises
Just write it into an album
Sending it straight to gold
I don't really like my flow, no, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that will delight those ears
Sick of all the insinceres
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics never jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

Oh, got no reason, got not shame
Got no family I can blame
Just don't let me disappear
I'm 'a tell you everything

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that will delight those ears
Sick of all the insinceres
So I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics never jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that will delight those ears
Sick of all the insinceres
So I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics never jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away
All my secrets away, all my secrets away

This is the song that I am really rockin' to at the moment and it is playing over and over again on my playlist.
I loved it since the first time I heard it on the radio, and it was one of my favorite pieces from One Republic although I liked the rest from this band too.
What can I say, this is one of my favorite bands, don't scorn me if you're a rock and roll or heavy metal kinda guy.

Ohhh, and it was also the main OST for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, cool isn't it?
I'm hooked.....let's play that once again *reaches for earphones*

An Illusion

I think after sometime thinking and sorting things out in my mind, my conclusion on one of the issue is....................

I really think TOO MUCH!

It was nothing really, but I had to get all worked up and worried and upset over it.
I felt relieved that my prayers had been answered, it seemed like God did show me the path and enlightened me.
It was a hard road to get myself through but in the end, I was the one being eluded by my own thoughts.

So, one down, and I am happyyyyyy....suddenly the skies have just opened and it is just so bright......


Monday, August 23, 2010

Fever and no thermometer

I think I have gotten the virus again; the cold and fever.

I could not decide yesterday when I felt tired and unwell; was it the cold or the fever and then I came to the conclusion, both of them.

I had a headache as well and when I woke up this morning, it was the same thing again; headache and dizziness.
Imagine, I was driving yesterday with a throbbing headache and a dizzy head.

I felt warm and cold; and then I remembered to use my thermometer.
Only thing is; thermometer was nowhere to be found!

I searched the whole house; and all the boxes and ended up in exasperation.
I must have brought it home when I moved some of my stuffs and books home.

Did I mention I really hate moving from one place to another?

A Beautiful butterfly, is it not?

I just found this photo and realized that I totally forgot to blog about this queer incident in my old place!

I think it was sometime in early June; where I was taking in my clothes from the balcony and noticed/heard some fluttering and I saw a big brown butterfly near the glass area.

I left the glass door to the balcony open so that it could return to where it came from.
For the next few days, I noticed it was still around in the house; and this continued for a week or two with it constantly changing places in the house.
(It appeared on the wall; underneath the TV console, etc)

Finally, I saw it fluttering its wings on the dining table which was near a window.
I left it alone, because I thought it might just spread its wings and fly away back to nature.

It was there for a few days and since it has been like that for some time, I just left it as it is.

However, something tells me it is not alright as I realized I didn't hear it flutter its wings that much anymore but I didn't dare to disturb it.

Finally, after 3 weeks, I concluded that it has already died and with the help of someone, we managed to get it out back in the nature where it belongs.
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It is funny how butterflies and moths just know when they are about to die, and they would somehow choose the place they want to spend their last breath.

Interesting, isn't it?

Don't you think it was a really beautiful thing there?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Something's not right

I am bewildered, since last night
I will share about it in my other blog (Starry starry night)

This morning I woke up feeling rather cold
I was shivering under the covers
I shivered when I took my shower
I am still shivering even with the hot sun shining so brightly through the glass panes in the room
I turned off the A/C in my car
I am now shivering underneath my sweater in the office...

I am feeling really really really cold....I need some warmth, I feel like I want to drop down and hide under the covers on the bed.
Is that the bed beckoning to me?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Flying Fridays...

I can't believe that it's Friday once again!
It seems like yesterday that it was a Friday, but then again, who doesn't welcome Fridays, be it school students, or working people like us, we truly and wholly adore and about to worship Fridays! (I am not into animisme, in case you are wondering)

Last Friday was a Freaky Friday; it was after all, Friday the 13th and as we all know, 13 is never a good number anyway in the Western beliefs.
On the contrary, the Chinese actually like the number 13 but I guess there has been too much influence from the West (media) that now number 13 is also shunned from the context of most numbers.

Oh ya, besides the fact that last Friday was the 13th, it also happened to be during the 7th month in the Chinese Lunar calendar; which is well known as the Hungry Ghost month.
Therefore, to most superstitious people, it is double the bad luck.

I am not a skeptic, therefore I will never choose to doubt.

I had a rather peculiar experience last week; a little too bizarre for my belief and I am not sure whether I shared it here or in another blog; anyway, just check out my Starry Starry blog for the story, as the experience was kinda spooky too.

What do people do on Fridays?
Young people like me are often thought to be heading straight out there to hang out with friends for dinner and then proceed with drinks at pubs/clubs or movies with the boyfriend.
Maybe that's why the roads are always congested with the traffic jams on Fridays (blame it on them)

I am not like that, however, call me passive or whatever.
I dread those long waiting traffic jams to get home and coming out again seems like a chore to me sometimes.
Furthermore the clouds and rain seem to have taken over the skies and I just love to go home and curl up on the couch after a nice shower with a good book (I am currently reading two books; one by Jodi Picoult, one of my favorite authors and the other is by Candace Bushnell)
I could also continue from where I left off with my current drama series, or hey, I could just use the time to blog/write those articles that I want to publish in my blogs...the list is so long that I need to write them way before I publish them.

Sounds boring or mundane for a young person like me?
I think it is just a matter of perception, I know perfectly well how to have a great time too, and I do go for movies, shopping and hanging out once in a while and I am looking forward to some traveling too.
It's been a while but things have been really busy, and I have been stressed this year. Things have been busy with the family as well, and grandmother, well, it's just a whole load of worries on my mind.

Whatever it is, freaky or whatever, Friday is always good for me, and it has always been my favorite day in the week, along with Saturday.
After all, Jesus too, died for us on a Friday, to redeem us, and that is reason enough to believe that Fridays are good!

I still have to say this and I really mean every single word in this, as this week has been crazy and frustrating for me, so, I really do THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY (FINALLY!)

Have a great weekend, everyone!~

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blog Updates

This being my main blog portal, I will be updating on all the statuses of the other blogs over here as well to wrap things up a bit on what I have been blogging as well.
Of course, alternatively, you can check out the right side of this blog and notice the other blog updates (only the last entry will be shown)

Since yesterday, I have been actively updating my Starry Starry Night blog; a blog which I keep for interesting stories such as legends, supernaturals, divine beliefs, religion, etc.
If you are the type who enjoys stories like these, you can check the blog out.
Recent postings:

Month of the Hungry Ghost has started
Difference between Hungry ghost festival and Ching Ming
What are Hungry Ghosts?
Do's and Don'ts during the Ghost Month
Cowherd and Weaving Girl Story
Hungry Ghost stories: Dead Man Feasting

My Food Blog
Restaurant in Mahkota Cheras
Young Hearts Cuisine

More updates coming up soon in the other blogs...stay tune, happy reading!~

A Good and Bad Day

Yesterday was like any usual day, stepping into the office, checking emails and ticking off stuffs from my list to do.

I received a rather rude and sarcastic email from a customer and it was really upsetting to me.
I do not like nasty stuffs, and it was definitely not a great way to start the day.

Wednesdays are supposed to be wonderful, whimsical, be-Witching, wizardly, whopping, witty, and many more but definitely not "what-the" first thing in the morning when you logged into your Outlook.

However, the good thing about this was that, I realized that I was not really that emotional like how I used to be anymore.
In fact, I think I am starting to have a bit of a nonchalant attitude about things like these, and not letting them get into my head as I used to.

I remember my family and colleagues and even my boss telling me to ignore, as all these are just part and parcel of life (and work!)
If we were to get annoyed with every single thing we get, life would indeed be very short!

I felt unusually calm and composed as I read through the email and slowly typed my comeback; a nice and polite one to reply to his email.

Maybe I have started to learn to de-stress, or maybe my family's medical history has certainly taken a seat at the back of my mind.
I do not want to invite any inevitable illness to make myself suffer; I just want to stay healthy and that includes my mental health too.

Anyway, like how old people used to say, "The ship will straighten itself when it comes to the dock" (A Cantonese saying that things will always be right eventually)
Yes, despite the ugly turns (there was another following email to reply to mine with an even more nasty and ugly comeback from the customer), I was getting calls from concerned colleagues (who are now more like friends to me) who advised me on the solution to the customer's problem.

They were concerned and also felt the impact of the customer's words and decided to stand behind me as a team to counter and calm the customer down.

Well, I took it in a stride, I felt happy that I did not let myself get all emotional or upset over the whole incident.
Maybe I am more composed now, or maybe I am just getting wiser...and that means I am getting older?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The fate/faith of religion

A sermon by the priest in the local church I go to, made a very shocking revelation during mass yesterday (Sunday)

He talked about the catechism classes and how children do not seem to taking them to heart.
The church has done a huge move to shift the catechism classes to Saturday instead of Sunday (I used to go to Sunday school on Sundays, well, don't the name sound something?), and at 4pm.

The notice had been given to parents since as early as November last year to make necessary arrangements for their children's tuition classes.

Yet, a recent meeting with the Catechetical team had highlighted issues such as children not showing up at the classes, or arriving late and yet being nonchalant about it. When the teacher asked, they simply replied, "My Mum dropped me late"
That was interesting, as they could show up 45 minutes late into the class and did not feel guilty about it.

If that is not bad enough, there is also the part where the church had contributed to the textbooks and used the funds to provide catechism classes on loan to the students so that they do not have to finance additionally on the books they use in class. It was a kind gesture by the parish, and obviously one which was uncalled for as they discovered that most of the books were never returned.

I feel shocked and sad at this news, and it prompted me to reminisce my childhood days when I was attending Sunday school/church masses.

I am not a perfect Catholic, I have my flaws too, and of course, being a mere mortal, I commit sins too.

I remember myself being closer to the church, after the passing of my dear and beloved grandfather when I was in Standard Five.
It was also a time when our whole family relived the faith and brought us closer to God.

For me, it was my first time experiencing loss in my own family; and it was definitely not pretty in my memory.
It's not that I was naive enough to think that my grandparents would live forever and ever, but it is never easy dealing with loss.

It was then that I felt the comforting presence of God and daily prayers.
I felt strongly towards my religion; and I am thankful that I have been brought up in the right direction as well.

My family were never extremists in their faith, but my dad and uncle were always there to share their childhood tales on how they would go to church in a taxi on Christmas and Easter despite being poor at that time.

I believed in God, and HIS great existence, despite being cajoled into the arts of science and being questioned on my faith again and again by people who are into free thinking.
I may not be the best person in my faith, nor can I read out any line from the bible if you were to ask me, but my belief in God is not to be questionable.

Our parents send us to Catechism classes, encouraged us to attend masses, and to read the Bible, and never ever do something which is wrong.
We were taught the right and wrong, and besides parenting from home, Sunday School was there to teach us about GOD, and guide us towards the right direction.

I remember how my Catechism teacher used to tell us, "To believe, you must have faith. People will always question your faith, because we are living amongst people who are all different in their own ways"

This is one of the main reason I felt that it is disheartening that the younger generation no longer feel the same way.

I have read articles on the Web, magazines, books and even newspapers to realize that we (Catholics) are not alone, as all the other religions are facing the same problem whereby the younger generation no longer feel the need to connect with God.
Most chose to be free thinkers, or staunch science followers as everything which we used to be believe in can be explained by science.

Furthermore, the Catholic foundation was also threatened two years ago, with the fame of a FICTION book which questioned the origins of Christ.

We are not the only one, and today, we are living in a world of science and modern technology, and is it necessarily a good thing?

The creation of man can be explained from science; in fact, they can even clone human beings if they want.
There is no room to justify God's existence.

People don't find religion important anymore, and they don't spend time praying, unless they face life/death matters or they need desperate help.

Don't think the Buddists/Taoists/Hindus/Muslims do not face the same thing.
Some people who grew up praying to God with joss sticks, no longer want to set up an altar in their new homes for fear of the effect of smoke on their newly painted and fresh glossy paint on the walls.

It is a responsibility of the parents to instill these values into their children's lives, and to guide them towards that direction of faith.

Children are always imitating their parents; when their parents place more importance on tuition classes, they too, have the same thought that their academic performance should surpass the priority of learning about faith.
After all, what is an hour or two per week going to make?

I am not here to judge on the above issue, but rather to think about the perspectives and consequences of the whole losing faith issue.

If we do not do something about this fast, religion may soon become a thing in the past....and do we really want to see the faith we grew up with go obsolete?

I pray to God for guidance, and for inspirations, that faith can be strengthened and that we can all be enlightened on the future of our faith and what we can do about it...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our last ancestor

Thanks for the warm wishes and condolences from some of you who have read this blog.

My uncle, aunt and dad have just returned from Singapore; from grandaunt's funeral and procedures which all ended on Tuesday morning.

I talked to Dad yesterday, and I was enlightened on the way funeral was conducted in Singapore.

I have attended only Christian/Catholic funerals so far and it has been nothing out of the extraordinary from our usual church services, etc.

My grandaunt was a Buddhist/Taoist and I was expecting that her funeral services were conducted in the conventional method that I used to see on TV or in other typical Chinese funerals; which include the circling of the coffin while conducting the prayers and rituals led by the Taoist priest who will be constantly ringing a bell.
Family will be dressed in white with the sack-like material hovering above their heads and burning incense and paper money while relatives come and pay their last respects.

My dad told me otherwise.
Grandaunt's funeral was conducted in a very elaborate manner; and in the local clan style; Teochew.

I was like, huh, what do you mean by Teochew style? I thought funeral is general in the Chinese customs?

Apparently not, so my dad says, as there was this Teochew association which performed the rituals.
They had praying and singing/performing of songs in Teochew, singing of filial piety and the great sacrifices made by our parents.
It was touching to the sentiment; if you understand the dialect/accent correctly, which was something my dad, uncle and aunt needed the translation from my aunts there.

It was not that they were not familiar with the dialect, they were all Teochew, mind you, but the accent was distinct from those that we speak over here.

The whole affair ended on Monday when grandaunt was cremated and her ashes were collected on Tuesday morning.

Also, I just found out that funeral services cost a bomb in Singapore as well, wow, it is really a FINE city to live in huh?

Grandaunt is now in a better place, and we pray for her eternal rest.

As a matter of fact, her passing marked the last of the ancestry line in our family on my paternal side.
She was the last of all my grandfather's siblings; the rest have gone to their rest (no pun intended) long ago.

She was 94, and was the oldest in the line. The other granduncles and my very own grandfather, also passed away at the ages of 82 and above.
Guess this was really a longevity gene which may be passed down to us as well?

With the passing of grandaunt, there will be no more way for us to track the origins of our ancestry and the root of our unique surname.

Rest in peace, grandaunt

Monday, August 09, 2010

It's a Family Matter

It is something to do with the family; we have just heard some bad news from our relatives in Singapore.
My Grandaunt who must be over 90 (or almost 100) just passed away due to old age last Friday.

Arrangements had to be made immediately to attend grandaunt's funeral on Monday morning.

Our parents went on behalf of us, as she was the aunt of my dad and uncle while I prayed for her from the North.

Grandaunt was a senior figure to our generation and with that, I meant my cousins and I.
She speaks in a very deep accent in our dialect and it was really difficult for us to understand her sometimes without a thesaurus.

Of course, she was a great lady whom I remembered as one who bore such a striking resemblance to my grandfather (she was his younger sister anyway).
She is a cautious and wise lady but definitely one healthy lady!
I do hope that I inherited that gene; HEALTH!

Will I leave up to 90 or at least over 80, because it seems to be the trait in the family as well (or at least on my paternal side).
I am trying to imagine myself at 80, and still blogging...that'd be great.

Sad and shocked as I may be, I am praying that she had finally reunited with grandpa and her husband in heaven and watching over us, making sure that us younger generation never mess up our lives.

Rest in peace grandaunt, and I am sure you will always be remembered

Me in the Mirror

You know, as I was pondering over the things happening in my life; especially those that upset me and how I feel that I could have done something about.

I have complained, whined and just rant in my logs about situations, myself and things/people around me and happenings.
I know that I should be doing something about it rather than just talking about it, it's not healthy, and trust me, I do know I should but I guess when we come down to it, we are just pretty much human beings.
(and human beings are never good at correcting themselves)

Well, I have had enough, of hearing myself complain or anything like that.

I told myself, stare at myself in the mirror and MAKE that change (a certain famous song belonging to the late King of Pop)

I am related to all the things which happened around me; it is me who is to be blamed.

Sometimes we are all just too used to blaming on others that we never stop to blame ourselves.
Because it's much better to put the blame on someone else.
We just like to psycho ourselves into believing that others are to be blamed for us being bad at keeping in touch, never calling when we said we would, doing something that made others angry, didn't want to admit our own mistakes, etc.

It is time to come to terms with that I am just as at fault; or even, I am THE one at fault.

I have brought disappointments, anger and misunderstanding unto myself.

I have hurt people who have cared about me, and I used to think it didn't matter because they were doing the same to me.

I don't think these are all related at all; the fundamental is, I am upset at how things turned out and I must be the one to make that change.
I cannot just sit there and complain or get upset about everything that happens.
I have to be the one to make a change, and not everyone else.

I am the one who has to change, and I want to.
I want to be happy, and everyone can be happy, or at least I hope I can make everyone happy around me.

I apologize to everyone whom I have offended or hurt, or neglected, I am really very sorry and the guilt is just eating me up.
I will try my very best, and I will leave to God the rest.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Stare, stare, and Glare

July is a busy month for me; and things have been very crazy where I have been running around (as in traveling) and moving out.

It was yet another weekend in town, for a training and also on a personal reason; moving stuffs home.
After all that hustle bustle, we snuck out for a Sunday in IKEA, since it was on sale. (The whole Malaysia was on sale since 24th July; Saturday).

It was not a quiet Sunday in that area as well, and parking was like fighting for breathing space!
We were lucky enough to find a parking space in time, and we made a beeline straight to the IKEA cafe for a very late lunch.

Lucky us again as we managed to find a good spot (well, I found that spot) and we settled down. My parents helped us booked the seats while we went over to grab the food and drinks.

We started our meals; and there was this Malay couple sitting next to us while as usual, there were people standing and waiting for seats around (what's with all these people anyway, I can't believe the crowd at that hour of the day - it's almost 3pm, are they still looking for lunch?)

The Malay couple was done with their food and soon, their places were occupied by these three people; Chinese; a pregnant woman in her early thirties who sat diagonally opposite me and her mother and father(or maybe in-laws; well, they are an elderly couple in short) sat side by side next to my mummy.

They watched us eat; and my brother (who was facing the old man) was telling us how that old man kept staring at him and in fact, at all of us.
We were joking that they were just so weird and were they plain hungry?

The pregnant woman was also staring at my mummy and me, and we were starting to get uncomfortable (or I was the one getting uncomfortable).
It was as if they couldn't wait to shoo us out of our seats!

It got a little annoying to be frank; as we had desserts, and my parents were also elderly folks and my mummy couldn't eat fast.
They kept staring at our plates and watching us, and they seemed to be pretty sure we are leaving.

We chatted for a while, and mind you, we are NOT deliberately keeping the seats, but my parents just wanted to drink coffee, have the cakes and not in a hurry.

The woman and that old man stared non-stop and I couldn't help watching how that woman kept looking whenever one of us got up from our seats to refill coffee or tea.
It was really annoying!!!!

I felt they were kinda rude, and at the same time, I think they were just hoping we get out of there fast enough.

The rest of my family was not really rushing, but I always felt uncomfortable and I worry about keeping people waiting.
I know, I shouldn't, because we were not keeping the space for nothing, we still had food and we need to finish them.

When the guys went off to refill coffee, the pregnant woman started talking to the two old people in Cantonese and in a loud enough voice which I am sure she meant for it to be heard.
She was trying to explain to the old man that it is common scenario in KL where you always have to wait for everything.
Oh ya, she made it deliberately clear and she kept saying about having to wait and wait and how you just need to be patient.

I was feeling that she was being rather RUDE and inconsiderate herself, I mean, what on earth are you trying to pull?

Just as we were finishing, we saw a foreign couple who seemed to be having a bit of an argument looking for a seat and we decided to offer our seats to them.

My Dad beckoned to them and they looked grateful.
We got up from our seats, but my mum was still trying to finish her coffee.
At this point, it was only my mum left; she really couldn't finish it fast enough and it was HOT.

I told her to hurry up, I was the last one standing near my mum and at this point, I spotted the woman GLARED at my mum.
YES, she GLARED like my mum was some kind of mortal enemy to her and she kept having that look on her face that seriously, I can even remember until this moment.

I am always uncomfortable when people get nasty, but I felt angered at that look she gave my mum.
It was as if they think my mum was taking her own sweet time finishing her coffee or that she was probably pissed we gave up our seats to someone else?

I don't know, but that glare coming from a pregnant woman was really shocking and it was like some kind of visual confrontation.
I stared at her as well (not glare) and she looked at me, then glared at my mum and gave us all a look (as in my family).

I don't understand, have we really done something wrong?
I felt bothered by that incident, I know, silly me but I just can't understand why people do that, let alone, someone who is about to be a mother.

How could you GLARE at people like they were guilty of some hideous crime???

I tried figuring out where we went wrong (yeah, and I always wonder where I get the stress from!)
1. Did we deliberately keep the seats?
2. Did we take up too much time?
3. Should we not give up the seats to the foreign couple?

Yet at the same time, I thought
1. No, we sat there first and we were finishing our food
2. No, we have elderly folks too, and how can you rush five people to finish their food fast??
3. No, it was an act of kindness and to resolve a probably domestic argument (the husband was really annoyed with the wife for not finding a place first).

The key to the whole thing and how it could have been friendlier was that the woman and her folks could have just done this:

Yes, simple as that, they should not have looked that hostile and like our places belonged to them in the first place.

As we were finishing, they could have also talked nicely to us, and just simply ask us whether we would mind keeping the seats for them.

It is just as simple as that, but no, they chose the barbaric or rather their so-called subtle way by being sarcastic and incredibly rude to our folks.

My mum told me she even overheard the old man said while she was finishing her coffee, "I hate people like that, giving up seats to ghosts (rude Cantonese way of referring to foreigners) who do not speak our language"

I mean, are we seriously being such racists?

I don't know whether we are right or wrong, but I don't think we were very wrong after all.
It was perhaps a better choice to have given up our seats to people who deserve them more and are more cultured!

Tell me your verdict, and what you would have done had it been you in this situation

Sunday, July 11, 2010

UNpleasant experience with the Flight and at the airport!

It has been a very long time since I flew Air Asia; in fact it has been 2 years since I last took a flight with this World/Asia's best low-cost airline and I can't remember why, perhaps I have been enjoying the privilege from business trips to travel with MAS and even when on personal trips, I chose Fireflyz due to the distance to airport.
(Subang airport is considerably nearer compared to driving all the way to Sepang)

Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy a short little break for myself to release the accumulated tension and stress (from work) and I was planning a trip to go home and spend some time with family and just, relaxing, doing nothing at all.

I could only finalize my annual leave at the very last minute (yeah, I have a lot of things to do and I had to be sure things are okay before I confirm my little break) and that left me with no choice but to brace myself for the higher fares for flights heading back to the city.
(I was not allowed to drive on my own, says parents and everyone else around me)

So, I went online, checked for Fireflyz and realized with dismay that the prices have not just gone high, it has gone ROCKET high and it way surpassed my budget.
Just when I was considering whether to make this trip home or not (I know I had to, I do not want to let my family down...I had told my Mum I will be home and it has been a while since I spent more than 2 days at home), I was suddenly reminded, I could check out Air Asia's fares as well.

I clicked and prayed hard, and thank God (HE heard and answered my prayers, thank you!), the fares were considerably cheaper and I could save almost RM100 for the return trip!

I immediately booked the flights and was really happy that I even managed to get the promo tickets for the returning flight (despite me having to leave early on my last day, which I seldom do as I am always homesick when that comes)

So, all my flights were early, and I was scheduled to fly off on Wednesday morning (Penang Heritage Day, which did I mention I love my company for declaring this holiday official for us? =)
My flight was at 7.30.am in the morning and I arrived in high spirits; at 6.00a.m. and proceeded to check in.

When I went to the counter to check in, the staff told me that the flight would be delayed (which I blogged about in my previous post) and so, yeah, I had to wait for more than an hour at the Penang International Airport, which, apart from its name, had nothing at all at that hour in the morning.

Fine, I was fine with waiting, but I just felt guilty for having my parents to wait at the LCCT for my arrival.

Okay, that was done and the anger was released in the previous post.

I heard during the flight that 9th-11th July 2010 is the scheduled period for Air Asia's system upgrade and all passengers traveling during this period should be at the airport at least 3 hours earlier to check in to avoid any issue.

I thought to myself, "Okay, I rarely had much time to fly back on relaxation purpose and it had to be this time that they upgrade their system???"

Well, I had no choice and come Sunday morning, I had to wake up at 4-5am to get ready to head to the airport at 6 for a 9.30am flight.
Yes, that's how crazy it was, and as my brother jokingly said, "3 Hours to check in for a domestic flight, what, you're the pilot meh??"

Yeah, dear brother, I was glad I was early, as despite that early hour, we had a lot of obstacles:
1. Road to airport was closed, and we had to re-route (thankfully we did not get lost)
2. Car park at airport was full, and we managed to find a space to squeeze through finally
3. The airport was in chaos - screens went blank everywhere, which the security guard informed my dad, was due to a power failure that morning and also, the system synchronization which led to the system crashing a few times

When I reached the airport, I almost panicked when I saw the status for my check in counter was 'CLOSED' and I regretted not coming even earlier.

Okay, that was just a small scare on my part, it was closed because it was not even open yet that time..LOL! =P

Anyway, on the screen, it was written, counter R57 (yeah, only one counter) and I proceeded to the security check area and then to that particular counter.

Screens went blank again and I spotted a really short queue at R57; I was passenger no.3 in that line, well, what can one expect at 7.15am, when the flight's scheduled at 9.35 am, right?

I waited and waited, and there was nothing, and no one there, despite the few other lanes having staffs checking in passengers to other destinations (R55 checking in an earlier flight bound to Penang and R58-59 checking in KK passengers)

Then the screens flickered and R56-R57 counters read our flight number and destination.

Anyway, most of us queued at R57 because that was what we read on the main screen and slowly, there was a short line forming.

Then there was a bunch of people standing near R56 counter and talking among themselves.

I was even watching a few passengers haggle with the staffs at the counter R55 and R58 and looking at the Air Asia Ground staff walking back and forth and fidgeting with their pc (obviously they were frustrated as well)
One group of people was even scolded by the staff as they were late to check in and their counter had been closed.

That was a short row there as the staff just redirected them to another counter, well, little did I expect, I would soon be having a little of a drama myself in a short while.

YEAH, in case you were wondering, I stood there patiently in the queue, while my poor parents traipsed around the whole airport (there's nothing much anyway in that small airport) and observed every single shop, restaurant and most probably everyone there.

7.30 am, 8.00am, and there was finally one lady making her way towards our counter R57 and she started up the system.

She took some time and it was 8.20-8.25 am before she finally beckoned for check in.

REMEMBER that group of people I told you who stood by R56 counter?

Well, they were also heading to Penang, and the queue at R56 counter had merged into R57, when most of them realized that R57 is the one with an actual staff to check in, well, almost all anyway, EXCEPT for this group of people and it was not surprising that when the first group in OUR queue started to head towards the counter, they steered their trolleys towards us.

Now, there was this tall and sturdy Caucasian guy right in front of me who was even earlier than me and he must have stood there for almost 3 hours?
He gave them a cold stare as they headed towards the bunch of ladies, who were the first in OUR queue.

The staff shooed him away and beckoned him to follow the queue.

My dad was beside me, helping me with my luggage and he warned me that these people are about to jump into our queue.

The staff proceeded to check in the first group and my dad went to inform the security guard that there may be chaos.

The security guard came and this fat guy in yellow shirt started arguing with him that they just followed the screen above the counter and queued at R56 as well.
He said it is not his fault that they only opened one counter and that they should arrange for one passenger from each side to check in, to make it all fair.

The guard told him that he cannot do that, as there is a also a queue at R57 counter and that he has to make arrangements with the people queueing up there.

During this commotion, it was the Caucasian guy's turn and he quickly made his way up to the counter.

While the guy was there, this queue-jumper-wannabe was steering his trolley towards him which means, he was trying to cut my turn!

He pushed his trolley right behind the guy, while I was still standing behind the yellow line (yeah, too obedient, huh?)

When the Caucasian guy was done, he just pushed himself towards the counter and my dad pushed me and went forward as well.

He slammed 6 passports in front of the counter and I handed my piece of paper with my flight confirmation over to the staff at the SAME time!

My dad said, "sini" and that guy rudely snapped, "SINI dulu"

The staff looked up and it was a SHE, a really short and petite Malay lady as well, who also snapped, "Dia seorang saja, bagi dia dulu"
(translated into English, "She's only one person, let her first")

He immediately went into the same argument that it was not his fault that he queued at the wrong counter when they turned on the screens which read that same flight number and that they needed to be fair.

While the lady was checking me in, she multi-tasked by telling him off (BRAVO to this lady, I forgot to ask for her name!)
"Encik, you kena understand, sekarang, system down, memang banyak masalah. You tak boleh buat huru-hara kat sini! Kenalah understand, sabar sikit!"
(In English: Sir, you need to understand, right now, our system is down and there are bound to be problems. You can't cause chaos here. Please understand and be patient)

Trust me, she was not exactly subtle and I was happy to see the man did not argue anymore but he just turned towards his family and bunch of old men, telling them, "I came here since 6am, I queued here since then!" (in hokkien loudly)

YEAH right, I was at that counter, remember, scroll up since 7.15am and there was no sign of him or his company and then he starts to brag like that?

I did not feel triumphant over my victory to be checked in first, instead I felt really raged by his stuck-up and non-shameful behavior.
He really think he was right all the way.

Yes, I do not deny that it was Air Asia which misled them to think that there were 2 counters open for check in, but as the staff approached counter R57, it was obvious that this was the counter open.
The staff even took almost 45 minutes to start up the system and you do not need to be Einstein or Newton to understand that you need to hurry to move to the correct queue!

He was just obstinate and wanted to jump into our queue!
HEY, we were queueing there earlier than you and we were also tired, okay!

Furthermore, the security guard was right, he should ask the permission from us if he wants to cut in front of us.
It is all about courtesy!

I will definitely let him in if he did ask me, as I do understand but NO, he chose to just ignore us.

There is no respect here at all.

Furthermore, I noticed he only tried to cut in at the first group and also at me (the third) and not at the Caucasian.

We are girls; the first group was three young girls from USM (I think, they had bags bearing that logo) and he tried to take their place.

Then he headed behind the Caucasian.

Now, if that is not SEXISM, what was that????

I was furious that he thought that he was right and that he deserved to take his place in OUR queue!
Bear in mind, only him and his family, and company of old men who were still left in that non-existent queue!

The rest of the people who earlier formed that queue had merged into our queue quietly upon noticing the staff at our counter.
So, WHAT is HIS problem??

Well, he never dared to look at us in the eye, and it was really unfortunate that I was on the same flight with him but I noticed he barely dared to look at me even when we arrived in Penang.

Arrogant and conceited, I was even tempted to use the word Hooligan!

Thank goodness I had a nice pregnant Malay woman sitting next to me, whom I even helped with her luggage.
I offered and then another Indian lady with a child behind me asked for my help as well to take her small bag from the top cabin =)

It was not that bad after such an unpleasant experience as I did manage to help others too.

I am really upset about that incident, as I felt that there should be no reason for people to behave like that!

Oh, to make all of us feel better, they were Indonesians (a glance at the passport he slammed on the counter confirmed that)....

Now, status quo, I was never a fan of this country and recently I even thought of going to Bali for a trip, and now, after this, WHAT on earth was i thinking????

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A start to a no-stress BREAK?

Today is finally the start of my little longer-than-usual-weekends deserving break (well, officially it started right after 5.30pm yesterday~)

I was looking forward to a little something like this, to relax my mind and take myself to just pure relaxation and enjoy that having nothing-to-do kind of feeling, and also as encouraged by my loved ones.

I was kinda thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could try to enjoy a little bit more and let my mind off the hook at the moment and just revel in the thought of not having to go to work and all those stuffs.

The thing is, somehow, I kinda still dwelt on my work, and especially yesterday, after I have prepared presentation for my boss (yeah, I did that) and that just somehow stirred some sort of motivation in me...LOL, yeah, that just have to happen when I am getting all over everything.

Don't get me wrong, I still love being on vacation and taking a short short break from work, but, I just can't confine myself to do nothing, really, I know myself too well and I'd just find something to do!

Oh ya, on a continuous note, I was all flared up when I had to wait for almost an hour for my flight this morning which was supposedly to be delayed for only half an hour.
Best part of it all, I was only told of it when I checked in this morning and I almost loathed the way the guy at the check-in counter told me, "Oh, Miss, the flight will be delayed for 30 minutes"

Yeah, his "Oh, Miss" in such a nonchalant manner disgusts me, like there was nothing in those words.
Of course, he's not the one having to waste his time sitting at the airport, enduring the cold air from the centralized air-conditioning system and staring at people walking in front of you in a back and forth manner while you are trying to concentrate on your humorous novel, and yeah, "Oh Mister, I bet you wouldn't say that if your boss told you to stay back after office hours for another 30 minutes"

So much for a great start to a no-stress break? Yeah, that sounds great to me, agitation, frustration, and annoyance are just the best things to be in you to make sure you are stress-free (or reaching that level)

And if you wanna know which airline which took the credit for my 'great' relaxation, it's the so-called World's best low-cost airline where everyone can fly. Ughs...yeah, and everyone can be late and everyone can curse

I am gonna make myself feel at ease, after visiting my family doctor and the next few days, just enjoy to the fullest...I hope

Oh ya, I have to thank the Penang state for the remarkable decision in declaring the Penang Heritage Day the same week with the Yang Dipertua Penang's birthday, don't you just love these public holidays?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

How often do you swear or curse?

*Tut* that telecommunications provider for the no service when I am in the building!

S***, I forgot my cell phone!

I am not going into the four-letter word which has been used so universally and often that it could surpass our breathing moments.

The funny thing is, why do we curse and swear when things go wrong? (or for some, even when they are just having a perfectly normal conversation with people around them)

I was pretty amazed with some's ability to be able to import a wide vocabulary skill into their sentences when facing a crisis or in an argument with someone that I am pretty sure they have just made way for the creation of a curse/swear words dictionary!

Oh dear, it is certainly not that amazing when you see young kids as young as four or five using those same words when they converse with you.
Yeah, you are not going to believe this, but I have seen and heard them with my own eyes and ears.

For instance, this little girl who grew up with her parents who are constantly arguing with each other (yeah, you guessed it, using their 'great' vocabulary skills) and she just picked it up and even cursed and swear at adults who annoy her!
I couldn't believe my eyes when she used those Chinese vulgarities that I don't think I have even heard of before!

Another was related to me by a close colleague of mine who had a four year old son. Her son knows how to use the four letter word in the right context and the best part, even properly formed sentences!
It just beats her and she had to slap his little mouth and warned him never to curse and swear anymore.

When we hear this, we blame it on the media; those American television series which are constantly aired on our favorite television and easily accessible to our younger generation.
But are they the only ones to be blamed?

Have we not sworn or cursed, using words like "Shit!", "DAMN!", "Dammit", "F***", "Go to HELL!", etc etc (that's the limitation to this vocabulary I had and with a few of the Chinese ones) when things go wrong?

Did we stop ourselves in time in front of young children or even young adults?
Maybe not in front of your own kids, but in public?

Have you caught yourself using certain words religiously like it was some golden mantra from the sacred verses?

I have a close friend who used the word "Shit" more than any other words in her daily conversations that I had to tell her to stop doing that.
She was telling me how she was unable to control herself in time; perhaps out of habit.

I thought it was pretty rude and unacceptable, and I tried to offer my advice in stopping all these vulgarities for her in public.

It was simple; just substitute those mean/bad/vulgar words with nice words.
For instance, to make it simple, simply use the words associated to a class/group; i.e.: fruits whenever you wanna use a particularly mean word.

For instance, "Apple! I got the whole letter typed wrongly! Now I have to face those strawberry consequences!"

Now, isn't that simple, and furthermore, it could even make you laugh and crack your brains with creativity as you think of words to replace the used-to-be obscene words.

My friend had fun that entire afternoon while we were shopping as she constantly thought of new fruits and vegetables whenever she wanted to say, "Shit"

I am not sure whether she still remembered everything I told her then, but well, it's a try, right?

Go ahead and try, you will be amazed how different you will sound to people; or having people thinking that you are some kind of basket case (or fruit basket for that matter, pun intended)

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go and talk to this Grapefruit of a customer to solve his orange issue.

Isn't life just great?

Another week...without holiday

Yeah, I am turning into this public holiday-obsessed person on the hunt for holidays every week.

I think I have said enough about how blue can one get and I have decided to make myself happier by looking forward to holidays which can be so far away and yet, look so near (the folding calendar is right in front of me, it's just that I do not have Harry's magic wand to make that holiday appear rightaway)

It is the start of another new working week, and the day looked gloomy (not in my mood, but the weather itself is indeed in its glooms since the morning).

This is a busy week for me though, despite the no-holiday season as there is a company-organized event in my state and it will be arriving here on Friday (currently it's down south in JB)

However, I can't help waiting for it to be here soon enough to look forward to next week where there is the Penang Heritage Day (when is our HR gonna announce that it's a public holiday for us here?) and ooooh, the lovely birthday of the Yang DiPertua where we get our replacement!

God blesses rulers with birthdays falling on the right dates and fill our gloomy and long months with these holidays! (self-celebrates!)

Whatever it is, I just know this week is gonna be flying past me in no time as well, as I breeze through the presentations and in a blink of an eye, it will be Friday soon and then before we know it, it's the weekend!

*Snaps back to reality* It's still Monday and for now, I've got to get back to work...here goes another appointment/meeting into the diary for Wednesday and Thursday...

Tells self, "Mondays are great, mondays are great..."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pushy, only it's not me

I am starting to be pushed around recently; I don't know whether it's because I am easily pushed around or whether they are just pushy people.

Everyone seems to be telling me to do this and that; Angelstar this Angelstar that
Since when I start to report to every single one of them?

It is a major predicament; and I am under a lot of stress lately which have already led to major gastro/gastritis problems which I should have recovered from but right now, I still encountered that sharp pain again, this morning.

I have tried to hold back any negative feelings or stress in my mind; probably it just went to the back of the mind, to where the subconscious mind was and right now, it's speaking to me.

There are a lot of things on my mind lately; and I don't know where it all started.
It is starting to worry me, and yet these unwanted problems keep coming, one by one.
I am tired of being pushed around, of being told what I should or should not do.

I am a very much an established individual and well-educated, thank you very much and I appreciate the liberty given to do what I think is right.

Why is everyone so pushy these days, except me....who, is being pushed around?

I need to relax....*Breathe in, breathe out* (Repeat 5 times) and tell myself, "My life is great"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pink Day and I am Blue?

Now, if there is not enough absurd days around added to our calendars, this morning I heard JJ and Ean (Hitz.fm morning crew deejays) announcing that today is the International PINK Day!

yeah, LOL, even Pink has its day; just like every dog has its day, so do every color from now on.

I don't know how relevant this is, but according to the deejays, it is a celebration to the World Health Day and therefore, the connotation to pink, I guess to wish everyone the PINK of health, maybe?

Well, whatever, I can't be more glad for another reason to wear pink or to make everyone around me, wear pink...LOL

Only thing is, out of those 365 days where most of the time I will don something Pink, today, when it's the official day to wear pink itself, I wore Blue.
Now, you call that ironic or what?

No wonder I felt pretty blue myself!

Happy PINK day!!!~

I am definitely wearing Pink later!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The day a lizard fell on me

Yeah, that was a great way to revive my blogging by posting on something as silly and ridiculous here, but it was simply chilling and just freaky for me, that I just couldn't get it off my mind and I decided to just, blog about it.

Well, I was up early last week and decided to do my laundry (yeah, I am weird, doing the weirdest things at the weirdest hours, so there).

After I am done, I headed to the hall and proceeded to push the sliding door open to go to the balcony.
I know, at this hour when it's dark, there are lots of lizards roaming around, or rather, still feasting/festing on the mosquitoes or insects who are just so stupid to be fed off to them every single night (they never did learn; nor do their mates, but how could they anyway, when each one dies at the hands, I mean, the tongues of the lizards)

Just when I was just pushing the sliding door, I felt something fell on me!

It was rubbery-like and felt a little cold, and it was just so quick; I think less than a millisecond, and it just disappeared!

I barely had the time to scream, not that I would allow myself to anyway, as it was really really early and I don't think I wanna risk facing my housemate, whose room is just next to the balcony after disturbing her from her beauty slumber.

I just felt so freaked out and yucky that I quickly hung the clothes and bathed.

YIKES....I still feel so icky after a week and I can never feel safe walking near any sliding doors anymore.

YUCKS, UGHS....silly lizard!
I wish I could wish your extinction, but I know you are the saviour from deadly insects and mosquitoes....but, oh, can I just wish that you would just disappear from my sight at least?


Friday, June 11, 2010

WORLD Cup 2010 starts from the WILD

It's a FIFA Friday today; and not is it just a TGIF day for football fans, it is a boom for the whole world's electricity as everyone (football fans) will be glued to the TV till the wee hours of the morning.

After months and weeks of countdown, it is FINALLY here.

I am not such a huge fan of World Cup lar....as much enthusiastic I sound here, but it is just a great day for me, because, it's Simply FRIDAY!~

I am getting out of work again...and that, for me, it to rejoice....
(I seriously need to rethink my work focus or career direction, according to the magazine I read if I constantly look forward to get out of work)

Have a FREAKY, Fantastic,fabulous, and finally, FIFA FIFA Friday!~

Ole-ole ole ole!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

It is the Haze season!

The Haze is back

I know

Trust me, don't ask me why or how

I am sure of it

One thing I am good at, I am definitely better than any haze detector

Enough said

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

World's Ocean Day!

Today is World's Ocean Day; which I found out on the radio this morning.

It is funny how we have a dedicated day for almost everything now; dead or alive!

We used to have only New Year's Day, Teacher's Day, Independence Day, Children's Day and all those festive holidays.

Then we have Mother's Day, Father's Day, and now, even Parents' Day.

Then there's Nature's Day, Women's Day, and then came along Doughnuts Day, and now Ocean Day.

Perhaps they were there all the while, and it is just that most of us were not aware of their existence?

I guess in the future, everything will have a day....CD Day, Laptop Day, Milk Day, Condo Day, Bridge Day, Watermelon Day, Apple Day, Char Koay Teow Day, etc

Every dog has its day; erm....I mean, everything has her day now!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

What kind of reverse psychology is THAT?

Just when I was crashing my whole head over my performance and driving myself to achieve the results, I have to face some bashing from so-called management.

I can't exactly reveal which level or more in specific for fear of obvious reasons (if anyone were to chance on this blog)

I just feel really frustrated; along with the stress of work and also frustration.
I had been motivating myself and not even b****ing about things when my annual leave was held back temporarily (yeah, kinda, it was not exactly a mandate but it was some kind of instruction to all managers to hold back our leave and not encourage leave application)

Just when I keep trying to push myself in a very motivated manner, I get calls and so-called 'pep talks' from the 'management' to improve this and that.

You know what they tell you in all those motivational books and talks about reverse psychology and motivating your staff by giving compliments and praises once in a while, well, this guy did exactly the opposite of that.

Worse still, he treated me as though I am some kind of idiot who did not know how to use computer; desktop sharing, communicator and Excel!
Oh ya right, he was the smartest of all, i know.

I felt even more abashed after a round of meeting with him only; and there are more to come; weekly (yeah, remember my micro management post much much earlier?)

I don't know what kind of effect is he trying to push me towards; because I just felt so much de-motivated after all his pep talks!
Yeah, ego bashing and all....he makes people feel way below him and I am not the only one who felt that way, even my admin feels disgusted with him and frowns whenever he is on the phone.

How much can one do to one's ego?
Plenty, I tell you

The right choices of words can alter the overall perception/perspective towards a situation
You could change a pessimistic person to an optimistic person or vice versa

Somehow, this guy is good at the latter, and I think, he should probably consider writing a book


How to CRASH your employee's ego

Where do I get my inspirations?

I am locked in the season where I am constantly in off and on mode for blogging and that is annoying I know.

Sometimes I have so much I want to blog about and when I finally have the opportunity to log on to my blog, I forgot what I wanted to write about previously.

It's funny but I guess there were really too many things on my mind at a time.
There were so many times I can even lose concentration when I am driving on the road
(ssssshhhhh, don't tell my Mummy and Daddy about this)

Yeah, and it hit me that I always get my ideas or inspirations when I am driving on the road.
I guess that's perhaps one reason why I loved driving long distance! (I get to relax my mind and with my favorite songs/music on the playlist, I just ponder far and beyond)

Again, I have so many things on my mind recently and yeah, I have been driving back and forth for business; actually to a nearby neighboring state with my colleague and albeit the banter we had, I also had so many ideas on my mind!

Right now, I was so inspired that I logged on almost immediately to the Internet today and tried to blog and suddenly, the long list on my mind seemed to have disappeared!

My oh my, now I need to recall everything again.....I am stressed!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Of Astrology and Horroscopes

Do you believe in these astrological signs/horroscopes/starscopes (whatever you call them)?

I flipped through magazines or newspapers to see my readings once in a while when I am at it, but I don't really believe fully in them.

I don't really watch all those astrological predictions during Chinese New Year programmes; proclaimed to be predicted by prominent fortune tellers or Feng Shui masters.

I don't dismiss them as crap either; but I just do not like to indulge in these dwellings as I do not want myself to be influenced and empowered by all the readings and let myself get carried away, worrying about this and that for the entire year.
(I am already a worry wart anyway)

This year, I heard a thing or two about my Chinese astrology sign and also read about my horroscopes and I hate to admit it, but a thing or two seemed to have come true for me.

It did not exactly hit off with such a good start this year too; and there have been road mishaps (twice!) and also, I have been struck by major illnesses.

I did not relate all these incidents to the readings/predictions initially, but I just realized it all of sudden (it just hits me!)

Sad to say, I've been involved in two accidents this year; and the most recent one made me really upset.
Thank God, that I was safe and unharmed from the accidents but the damages, though not major left me feeling sad.

Then illnesses also made me break down (after my vow not to fall sick this year and I have done pretty well so far, with no medical leave taken since the start of this year!) but last two weeks, I fell really sick; with all the major illnesses and it had me in bed through the weekend even!
(I do hate falling sick on weekends!)

I just hope things will slowly get better; and anyway, just a peek told me that things should change for the better sometime in May/June...and I do hope, that would be true =)

Are you a follower of astrology/horroscopes?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Happy Teachers' Day!~

It's Teachers' Day today (or rather, yesterday, on the 16th of May)
I never forget this date since I entered Standard One; all the way back when I was just 7 (that seems so young!)

I remembered how we used to look forward to this day; besides the year-end class party and Children's Day where we get to have fun all the day and no homework.

This is a day for the teachers, where they all the attention (and presents) from the students. They are given the free permits not to teach on this day, and just sit back and relax, and enjoy the performances and food spread prepared especially for them.
Of course, at the same time, we get to enjoy the whole day of not having to go through classes and doing homework (something to cheer about when you are a student, although I still love doing my homework and classes, yeah, I am absurd)

I also remembered how I used to pester and bug my Mummy and Daddy to bring me to the nearest supermarket (they used to only have small supermarkets and you have to travel further to the city centre to the bigger malls which we only do on weekends).
(No, I don't stay in a remote village kay)

I would get a piece of Manila cardboard (costs 40 cents then) and cut out the size of a nice card and then I would work on the card after school in the afternoon.
After that, I would wait patiently for Daddy to come home after work and asked him sweetly if he would bring me to buy some flowers for my teacher.

Daddy would shake his head sometimes and tell me that it is not practical.
I would have to bug him but good ol' Daddy always will bring me eventually (or so I know since he always has a soft spot =)

I would be so happy with that single stalk fresh rose which I would put on the dining table and then I would happily bring it to school to present to my form teacher.

I never thought of asking Daddy to buy more flowers so that I could give each of my teachers, although I have friends who do so.
I did not want to burden Daddy financially; as I do know how hard Daddy worked to earn money out there, as our Mummy used to teach us to spend money wisely.

However, without the flowers, I still made sure I went up to each and every of my teacher to wish them "Happy Teachers' Day"

I still remembered every single one of the teachers who taught in school; from my pre-school to my high school, no kidding.

I am grateful to each and every one of them, for without them, I would not be where I am today.
That is why I still feel thankful for teachers each time Teachers' Day is around as I relive all those school days' memories with a smile.

Teachers are to us, almost the equivalent of a second parent who guides and teaches us everything that is to get us to where we are today.
They are generous and selfless individuals who shared their knowledge and made sure we excel.

For this, I would like to say once again, to each and every of my teacher, whether school or Sunday School, or lecturer, or whoever have taught me at one point or another when I was a child.

Thank you....

Pre-school (Caritas)
Year 1: Ms Tan
Year 2: Ms Ong (thank you for teaching me the fan dance =)

Primary School
Std 1: Cikgu Vani
Std 2: Pn Raja Jam
Std 3: Ms Mazliza/Cikgu Vani/Mrs Mok
Std 4: Ms Assunta (I still see you around in church!)
Std 5: Mrs Yap
Std 6: Mrs Lim (form & Maths teacher), Ms Pearly Yap (English), Pn Maznah (BM)

Secondary School
F1: Cik Sofia
F2: Puan Siti/Puan Mashita
F3: En Hussein
F4: Pn Fariza
F5: Mr Lee

To all my Language teachers who have moulded and encouraged to WRITE, SPEAK and appreciated my flair =)

I just want to say a big THANK you to each and every one of you...

To all the TEACHERS out there, you are the greatest people and you are always remembered by your students, even though you may have forgotten about them =)