Thursday, October 1, 2009

Loss...

On the night of 12 September 2009, we received a call at 10.45pm from my aunt in Kedah telling us that my grandpa has been knocked down by a car while riding a motorcycle. We were all in shock. My aunt was crying profusely. We were all drained in tears. We started packing our clothes.

But at around 2.40 am, we received another call, this one is about news we don't want to hear. My grandpa passed away on the 13th of September 2009, 2.35 am aged 76. We thank God for not letting him suffer, as he passed out after he was knocked down.

We witness the grace of Jehovah our God, during the preparation of my grandpa's funeral. We didn't know where to bury him. My dad, aunt and uncle went to the cemetery where 14 years ago, we buried our grandma. According to person in charge, the place next to my grandma is no longer available as they want to make in a walkway. But by the grace of God, he was buried exactly next to my grandma.

During the funeral procession, it started to rain, the sky is so dark. We all started to pray. By the time the coffin left the tent, the rain stopped and it was so cooling.

Although my grandpa passed away, he will always be in our heart and our memories.
We thank God for giving us his undeserved kindness.

LEE SEN OH
09.03.1933-13.09.2009
Rest In Peace

Friday, September 4, 2009

Update, Rant and All...

It's been a month since I last blogged. Oh boy, i sense a funeral for my blog...
Anyway, things have been going great. My job is going great *thanks to all well-wishers*.
And Lasker, if you are reading this, I'm sorry I didn't log in to ShoutOut for the longest time. I can't alter the settings on my office computer so, I can't log in... Will try to log in soon...

So, to those of you who wondered what happened to me, I'm still alive and kickin'.
I managed to catch 'Up' about 2 weeks ago. It's really good. I cried in the dark... Who haven't watch it, please go watch it...

Now, a little whining.
Right, my job is going great...BUT, there's always but, IT'S SO FREAKING CONFUSING....
With all the whatever Forms, MOT, 14A, 16N, 19G...It's so confusing...
And GOSH, I called Alliance Bank of KL (Pay-Off/Discharge Dept) yesterday. The lady who picked up the phone was so FREAKING RUDE. Her name is Fong or something.
Hello, you are just a worker there. Even if you are the boss, .
IT STILL DOESN'T GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO SHOUT AT YOUR CUSTOMER... GEDDIT???

I guess that's it for now...
Looking forward to a yam cha session with my high school besties and yup, do call me up for breakfast/lunch/tea/dinner if you are in my area...

Until next time...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

1st Post From New Office...

I started a new job on the 3rd of August and this is my 1st post from the new office. My office is located in 3 Two Square. Unfortunately, the new office disallow me to download MSN and online. This post is done during lunch hour...
Look me up for lunch or anything ya...

Anyway, just a short update...

Till next time...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Something To Share...

Got this very interesting piece of article from Daniel Wu's blog. And if you're wondering, yes he's the very cute HK actor, Daniel Wu. Good things are meant to be shared right? So here's some tips on how to handle the oh-so-very-annoying telemarketers.

Andy Rooney Tips for Handling Telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work !!
(1)The three little words are: 'Hold On, Please...'
Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.
Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.
These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?
This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.
This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real' sales person to call back and get someone at home.
What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!

(3) Junk Mail Help:
This one is the best!
When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.
When you get those '
pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.
Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage 'IF' and when they receive them back.
It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the la st increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas.
Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.
You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.
The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!
Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage cost s again. You get the idea !
If enough people follow these tips, it will work ---- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

Do try it and let me know if it works for you...
Now, I am looking forward to try it on the next China swindler/insurance agent/you-strike-1st prize person who calls me...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Being Random...

It's been a while since I last updated. So I decided to update on what I've done for the past weeks.

My great grandma passed away on the 23rd of June. She was placed at the Xiao En Bereavement Centre at Cheras. That place gave me a shock when I first went. It's more like a 5 star hotel's lobby than a mourning place. There's even free flow of coffee and tea. Not even a single eerie or scared or sad.

I met lots of relatives (those that I've heard of but never met) for the first time. So many 'titles' to remember. I even have to address a guy younger than me *my grand aunt's son* as my uncle...

A few days back, my sis and I are both down with flu, fever, cough and sore throat. My dad was so worried that he rushed us both to the General Hospital in KL. Thank God it's just normal flu. Unfortunately, the doctor refused to give us MC although he gave us ultra strong cough syrup, so I have to work the next day.

In the office the next day, all I did was sleep because the med is seriously too strong. So that very night, after work I went to see another doc. This doctor gave me 1 day MC. Since I got MC for Friday, I get to spend a long weekend at home.

At the moment, I'm still coughing but chill, it's no H1N1 nor it's Swine flu...

Till next time...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VAIN-POT...

My vain-pot sister is gonna turn 19 on the 20th...
So I'm taking this opportunity to wish her a happy birthday...

Happy Birthday to you,
Selamat Hari Jadi,
Zhu Ni Sheng Ri Kuai Le,
Zhuk Nei Sang San Fai Lok...

Happy Birthday Joanna...
I wish that you don't become a bigger vain-pot than you already are...
HAHAHA

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Post Little Nyonya...

After watching Little Nyonya, I got kinda obsessed with all things Nyonya (it's actually Peranakan, Baba is the Peranakan man and Nyonya, the women). I do have a little 'Baba Nyonya' blood in me *mind you*. Now I get excited when I see kuih nyonya, baju kebaya, kamcheng and so on. I feel it's a pity that I didn't get to inherit any of the nyonya skills such as sew beaded shoes, baju kebaya and cook Peranakan dishes from the older generation. However, I do wear kain batik and baju kebaya... In the olden days, the Baba and Nyonya, although they are part Chinese, most don't speak Chinese (Mandarin). They mostly speaks Malay and Hokkien (Chinese dialects) but they hold on strongly to the Chinese culture, tradition and believes. There's 1 line in the drama that I remember clearly, "A person who doesn't know his/her pass is like a leaf who didn't know it's part of a tree". I feel strongly towards this line. It got me thinking that if we don't preserve whatever culture/tradition we have left today, it will all be gone in no time...


picture from mediacorptv.sg
L-R: Ng Hui, Xiang Yun, Jeanette Aw(Ou Xuan).
Actress in The Little Nyonya wearing baju kebaya nyonya.
They are worn with sarung (kain batik).





^ kamcheng- (means love in Hokkien)
it's use to put red and white glutinous rice balls (tang yuan).
red symbolises joy, and white symbolises purity.
It is believed that after husband and wife eats the tang yuan from the kamcheng, they will never part...


^ There's another phrase that I learned from the drama.
Read from R-L.
追远 (zhui yuan) - it means that one should remember their origins. One should not
forget their ancestors. This is place on top of the ancestral worship altar to remind the
younger Baba and Nyonya.



*Jeanette Aw as Huang JuXiang/Yamamoto YueNiang
and Qi Yu Wu as Chen Xi in The Little Nyonya*

Before I conclude this post, I'd like to include a pantun that I wrote
(inspired by The Little Nyonya).

Dari Singapura sampai ke Malaya
Kuih Nyonya gemar disantap,
Apakan nasib, apakan daya,
Ingin terbang tiada bersayap.

Perahu dimudik hulu ke hilir,
Mana nak cari si bunga melati,
Aku mencari awal ke akhir,
Mana nak curah kasih di hati.

Please make do with this for now.
Until next time...

All picture, unless stated is from google.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Little Nyonya...

I've heard about this drama for a while now. I don't understand what's the fuss all about, that is until I finally watched it myself.
My mum got so caught up with it dragging me along. Although I didn't watch it from the 1st episode, I fell in love with the culture, clothes and food showed in this drama. I got home yesterday around 6.30pm and my mum was watching somewhere in the 10th episode. I sat down to watch and when I looked at the clock it 12am already.

picture from google.com

This drama stars the beautiful Singaporean actress Jeanette Aw. I started to notice her when I watch Holland V sometime ago. She plays 2 characters in here as mother and daughter.
I think that this is NOT just a drama. It actually brings you closer to the Peranakan culture.
Now that I've watched it, I finally understand why The Little Nyonya is the highest rated drama in Singapore.
I see the dvd's on sale in Speedy now.
Here's the official website of The Little Nyonya.
I hope my mum doesn't continue to watch the drama when I'm at work... haha

Monday, May 18, 2009

I feel numb.

I feel numb.
I feel tired.
I feel lethargic.
I feel sick.
I feel alone.
I feel pain.
I feel like I no longer care.
I feel like I'm not myself.

When I'm scolded, I feel nothing.
When I'm hurt, I feel nothing.
When things happen, I feel nothing.
Even when happy occasions arise, I feel nothing

I could be smiling.
I could be laughing.
I could be playing.
I could be in the midst of a crowd.
But I feel lonely.

When I'm at work, I feel like I'm only going to through the motions.
I want to escape.
I want to run.
I want to be free.

I hate to be tied to a place for a long time.
I hate to do things I HATE.
I hate to not being able to be myself.

Can I have a week to myself?
Can I be with myself and do some 'self-discovery'. ALONE?
Can I do what I like for once?

Family are not pressuring me,
No one is.
I just feel so numb.
At times I feel like disappearing for a week or 2.
No phones, no computers, no internet, nothing.
Just me and myself.


I don't want to be labeled as emo or depressed.
I just can't help the way I feel.

Friday, May 8, 2009

世上只有妈妈好... A Song For Mom...

I remember I used to sing this song all the time(although I have no idea what it means) when I was younger. But since the day I know what the lyric means, i will cry whenever I hear it. No matter how I told myself not to cry, I'll still cry...
Since Sunday is Mothers' Day, here's a dedication for all mama's of the world, especially my mommy, ...

世上只有妈妈好

有妈的孩子像个宝

投进妈妈的怀抱

幸福享不了

没有妈妈最苦脑

没妈的孩子像根草

离开妈妈的怀抱

幸福哪里找

世上只有妈妈好

有妈的孩子不知道

要是他知道

梦里也会笑

世上只有妈妈好

有妈的孩子不知道

要是他知道

梦里也会笑

I hope every children in the world will appreciate everything this person named MOM did for us. I think the least we can do is say 'Thank You' to her for the meal she cooked for us, clothes she washed for us and all time of her life she spent on us. I believe a little thank you will do a better job in showing appreciation than giving her something money can buy...

Lastly,

Happy Mothers' Day to all mother,mama,mommy, ibu,emak,amma of the world....