Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday Musings

Source: Google image search
Whether styles are being re-purposed or reproduced from popular designs from the 50s, 60s or 70s, vintage is definitely hot right now - from fashion to photography, crafts to arts, movies to music, architecture to furnishing.

What's old is new again!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Writer Writes. A Cook Cooks. A Leader Leads.

I have a friend who complained about being a designer yet doing a marketing person's job - meeting clients and doing presentations. And I have another friend who joined a company to be a copywriter but he was also made to meet clients and do presentations.

I believe every person has a role or sometimes various roles to play in their personal and professional lives. For instance, you can make a 15-year-old teen to play a mother's role but you must be ready for the outcome. You just cannot scoop with a knife and you just cannot slice with a pair of scissors.

That's why there are teachers to groom the students, architects to draw building plans, builders to develop buildings, doctors to treat the sick, managers to manage the team, sales/marketing people to do the selling, designers to create the creative work and writers to... write.

The title of this post says it all :D

The thing is, we cannot expect a person who is not equipped for the job to perform well. It's cruel even if he/she does come out alive from the mission impossible, only to have lost the zeal for the job asked for in the first place.

If you have been taken advantage of to do above and beyond your job description, please stop complaining. Balls up and voice out. Or else you're simply disrespecting and degrading yourself. If you disrespect and degrade yourself, why would your employer do differently?

I have to extend my sincerest apologies to my friends who share their work grievances. You know me, like I always say, "I can but I don't want to." Not just everybody and anybody can expect a freeload from me - you've gotta be in the ring of trust for me to willing give you anything at all, including my life.

Anyway, truly the problem is not mine and I can do nothing to change anything. All that I can do is... write about it so that people are aware of their self value. But all these will not make a difference.

The difference is made not when I write but when YOU TAKE THE ACTION. 

Note to self: I'm thankful for the Mr Great Boss I have now :D

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I Am An Addict! defines the following:

Addict (noun) as a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict. 
Addicted (adjective) as devoted or given up to practise or habit to something psychologically or physically habit-forming: to be addicted to drugs. 
Addiction (noun) as the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. 

Addiction is a funny thing... it comes in seasons, well at least for me. I'm always addicted to more than one 'drug' at a time.

The thing about 'drug' is... you don't know how they affect you. And you'll never get enough of 'em no matter how great the dosage of consumption. You just scramble back for more again and again and again.

So, I have to confess that I'm an addict.

But if you really have to be an addict, be a 'healthy addict' at the least :D 

Like a month ago, I was kinda addicted to: 
1. MacBook Pro     2. Laneige     3. Lily Allen      4. Pilates     5. Chocolate     6. Birkenstock
7. Nyonya nasi lemak opposite our workplace (relocated mid/end of last month)     8. Starbucks green tea frappucino (50% off)     9. Beyond (HK band)     10. And so on...

And now, I'm addicted to: 
1. Horlicks + 'kiam pia'     2. Topshop     3. Pilates     4. Stationary running     5. Cotton On
6. Fast 5     7. Vin Diesel     8. Okra     9. Fruit Ninja     10. Adele     11. And so on...

But my five all-time favourite addictions are: 
1. Hubs     2. Pepper     3. Tango     4. Family     5. Writing 

I just can't get enough of those. They relax me, chase my worries away and they give me reasons to live and be happy. 

I'm proud to admit, whether you like it or not, I'm an addict!

So, what's your addiction? *wink*

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tastier When Seasoned With Pepper

Last night, I gave Pepper her chew bone. She was so engrossed that she ignored my calling her.

"Are you a snob now, Pep? I gave you the bone, and I can take it back just like that." I said and snapped my finger (like in the movies).

She immediately got up and came to me. Such a smarty pants.

Most times, I wonder what's on her mind.

I'm truly amazed how she has made us laugh and smile with her clumsiness, acting (yes, she's a con artist!) and innocence (yes, she's an opportunist!) LOL

She's always at the door waiting when we come home. She will sometimes sprawl on the bathroom floor mat waiting for me to come out of shower. She will hop on the sofa when we are set for a movie. She will jump up at the slightest sound from Tango. She's not afraid of big dogs, she's not afraid of small dogs, she'll chase cats and she'll crush roaches. But she's the Big Sister who scurries to hide at the sound of guitar strumming, thunder and fire crackers. She loves chocolate and vanilla shakes, but dislikes strawberry and tropical fruit shakes. She loves apples and strawberries, guava and pomelo. She's always overly excited, and sometimes she 'pees in her pants' to see us come home. She's always too frenzied when we go out - eager to explore, eager to experience. Life is truly more flavoursome now.

Be it dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, or any creature - until you have loved an animal, part of your soul remains un-awakened. You'll discover this new inexplicable experience when you open your heart to love God's creation.

Salute to animal lovers! You've given home to God's creation.

Linking up with yeah write, an awesome writer's community, in hope to share the love for God's lovely creation.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

Blessed birthday to an angel boy who was born a little over three decades ago.

Last year, there was only me... This year is special with 3 darlings celebrating his birthday with 5 surprises! Yes that's the reason the post is titled "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise"

As usual, he was out working late on Thursday and he reached home about 12.09am (Friday). Usually I'd leave the kitchen light on, but when he came into darkness...

Surprise #1  Brownie with Baskin Robbins Chocolate Mousse

Handmade party hat for Pepper, as Tango looked on...

Surprise #2  Had to sneak this around...

Surprise #3  Friday morning's sun: Where are we going?

Surprise #3.5  It was 10.30am and we were early, it was a surprise to me too because I checked online it was supposed to open at 10am.

So we walked down the street. Pepper did her business and we enjoyed the quiet morning.
Can't wait for the day Tango could join us for a day out...

Surprise #4  Lunch at Amelie @ 6 Armenian Street 10200 Penang
So as we know, they open at 11am... didn't ask the opening hours because the owners were not very friendly (purely personal opinion, maybe I'm wrong)

Food & dessert menu on the board

A quaint place to hang out - although it's a little small but apparently, there's more room upstairs :D

Pepper watching the pretty girl

It sure brings back sweet memories... 

Creative deco 

Who said ladle should just stay in the kitchen?

We were served...

English Breakfast Tea RM5 

The extremely appetising salad with bacon and feta cheese RM15

The super-yummy-licious carbonara pasta with bacon RM17 

Surprise #5  Fast & Furious 5

Blessed Birthday, Honey.

May the LORD bless you and keep you.
May the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
May the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace!
Numbers 6:24-26

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Cikgu, My Teacher

Cikgu, you taught us reading, writing and counting,
While Teacher teaches me to count all my blessings.
Cikgu, you taught us about patience and kindness,
While we love because Teacher has first loved us.
Cikgu, you've filled me with knowledge in the school-hive,
While Teacher has touched my heart and changed my life.
Cikgu, you've given so much to change the universe,
But while we were still sinners, Teacher died for us.
Thank you Cikgu, you're a special tutor - shaping who I am today
Thank you Teacher, for walking by my side the rest of the way.

Blessed Teacher's Day!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Who Wants To Be My Enemy?

As a person, we were taught to be friendly, sociable and likable, and keeping our friends and associates close. But there are some people we want and try to stay as far away from as possible - our enemies (or sometimes, we call them, competitors). Just the word alone would flame up your bodies. But I believe they serve more of a purpose than just to piss us off.

I personally do not like adding enemies in my to-do list. But my 'honesty' sometimes earn me a few enemies. Come to think about it, as important as friends are to us, enemies are just as important. I believe they have different effects on us.

You know, friends always motivate us and make us feel good. Yet they don't or can't tell us the ugly truth we REALLY needed to hear. I know of a girl who has 2 very good buddies. They hang out so very often, complimenting each others' clothes, shoes, etc. But when she wanted to return to her employment after resigning, her good buddies were the ones who didn't want her to come back working together. In front of her, they comforted her and behind, they complained about her selfishness. They seem to be the bestest of friends and if you were to meet 3 of them together, you wouldn't think otherwise too.

I'm not saying all friends are such. If you are blessed, you'll find some really good friends. You just have to be careful. Because friends will make you or break you, and the scariest of all friends is the two-faced friend who smiles at your face and trashes at your back. So, make a friend... don't fake a friend!

Anyway, as you know... enemies annoy us, they want to compare and make us work harder to beat them (but they don't actually want to be beaten). This got me thinking that enemies are here as mirrors - serving a reality check for us time and again. You know, to knock us flat when our ego becomes larger than life and to help us face up with reality - the reality that maybe we are doing something wrong or not doing it good enough.

Seriously, you can be the nicest, kindest person on earth, and still have enemies. It's truly a good thing, you have got to believe me. Because then, you will buck up and face your enemies... and they make you stronger, tougher, better!

So who do you think are REAL friends - buddies or enemies?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stop Complaining & Start Reducing, Reusing, Recycling!

Were you among those who complained about the recent rising temperature in Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites?

I read a few updates of such:

So hot, how to sleep?
Hot and sweaty *yuck*
Just bathed, but already sweating.

And I must agree, our bedroom got a little steamy at night for the past one week or so. The weather may continue to change but believe it or not, we don't need a better reason  to help save Mother Earth.

Science Daily reported on 16 June 2010 that a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison presented the most cited event relating increased of malaria cases to land-(ab)use practices in the Amazon. And reported by Science Daily, of all the plants and animals that make up ecosystems, only 18% to 45% of them will remain by 2100.

As human beings, don't we tend to take things for granted and care less until something hit our neighbourhood? Likewise, we ignorantly think that the natural environment is something in the distance, far apart from us and our everyday lives. When we turned on the tele, we hear about the wreck of our environmental. And we're saddened to learn that Earth will never be the same again at this rate of devastation, and we murmur with disgust, "What a mess they've done there!" We always say "there".

But we don't need to go so far to experience the effects. When we ravage the natural environment, when we fill the rivers with our refuse, and rip the forests limb from limb... we experience the aftermath all around us. We pay the price of environmental destruction through the air we breathe, through the water we drink, through the food we eat, through the heat that gets us cranky (at least for me) or through the diseases in our body.

Forest is like the lungs of the Earth. It inhales carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen that we all need to survive. With the destruction of greenery, more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere annually, than all of the planes, trains, cars, trucks and ships - combined. Everywhere in the world, people from rural communities to the biggest cities are affect by this global environmental annihilation.

Let us make an effort for change by adopting practical conservation practices in our daily lives - reduce, reuse, recycle.
  1. Buy products with minimal packaging (it may be difficult for designers or even writers like myself, who love reading labels)
  2. You'd feel like killing me on this one. Use less air conditioning. You could be saving about 455kg of carbon dioxide every year.
  3. Use the 'OFF' switch. Save electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights and electrical appliances when not in use.
  4. Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb approximately 1,000kg of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.
  5. Encourage others to conserve. Share or start a recycling campaign in your neighbourhood or workplace.
Mother Earth has given us so much love, care and healing. Now it needs our protection. Every green lost in a faraway place will affect you, me and everyone else, and the generations after generations. What is lost "there" is truly felt "here".

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother - God's Angel On Earth

As requested by our pastor, I wrote this poem dedicated to all godly mothers!

Although God is evermore present,
He knows when teardrops get bitter
a child needs a little encouragement;
So He crafted and hand made mother.

Would He send us to earth all alone?
And leave us in the desert to wander?
His love, joy and peace - always shown
in the outstretched arms of mother.

Surely, God watches us night and day,
But who's there to kiss the wound better
and who'd kneel beside our crib to pray?
And hence He sent us, beloved mother.

When our childhood years finally began,
He knows, it'd be a challenging chapter;
That's why He had placed our tiny hand
securely in the loving palms of mother.

The days of youth slipped so quickly by,
Great or small, still a son or a daughter;
When all the stars rose higher in the sky,
Still one whom we turned to, was mother.

And when the many years of life shall end,
More treasured than diamond, gold or silver,
I know that a grand mansion is waiting in heaven
for that ever-deserving, ever-faithful mother.

God's angelic helper on earth, you are
one who've grown older yet much wiser;
Whether you're called mummy or mama,
Thank you and we love you, mother.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Is It Time Yet?

You see. I have been eyeing at the hottie Apple MacBook Pro for a few months now, since they introduced the new Apple MacBook Pro with a new lower-price tag.

In fact, when I wanted to get a laptop three & a half years ago, I was deciding between an Apple MacBook or Dell XPS (Red Edition). Conservatively, I had chosen Dell - which is almost dying on me now.

So, my point is... this weekend, in fact starting today, PC Fair is back! And Switch is having this tempting promotion for MackBook Pro 13" (just what I wanted) which is making me weak all over. Check out the other promotions available at their Facebook Page.

I'm crossing my fingers, wishing to add this hottie into our Apple family.
So pray with me, and for me :D

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Chai Diam Ma

Found out about Chai Diam Ma when I googled for Penang heritage attraction. There were photos posted, but very limited information available. Recommended by JenC's Little Corner, we decided to give it a try.

In Hokkien, chai diam ma means sundry shop or grocery shop. I remember in when I was growing up in Rifle Range, there was a chai diam ma below our flat that sells Paddlepop Rainbow ice-cream, which I used to love so very much and in Pepper estate, there were two chai diam mas, one which was closer to our home, and the other chai diam ma was just a minute away from the former. Here, my favourites were bubble gum and popsicle. Those were my memorable childhood years...

Anyway, I'm a Penangite who has yet to really explore the Pearl of Orient. If you have been following my blog, you'll notice I've been around and about Penang and around lately. We've been to Bukit Merah, the Penang War Museum (I didn't blog on this), Gunung Lang & around Ipoh, pasar malam, Moontree 47, Tanjung Bungah beach - learning and appreciating the beauty of my beloved state.

So, I didn't know where Queen Street was and with very vague idea of the whereabouts, we headed over for dinner last evening.

Thank God for Google Maps, it wasn't so difficult to find.

Chai Diam Ma @ 15 Lebuh Queen 10200 Penang.

An array of crafts from local artists are available for sale - keychains, earrings, necklaces, button badges, clothes, shoes, bags, wall arts and so many more. Check their Facebook Page.

A very quaint place to catch up with friends.

Very 'old' wall with matching deco.

Birds on the beam...

It's not magic, it's art and creativity.

Wok turned sink *interesting*

I love this window feature.

Even the drinks menu is so pretty.

There's no food menu - they serve different dishes almost daily.
They had 2 main dishes on the board, so we ordered one each.

Drinks are priced between RM3 to RM8.

Noodle soup with chicken and mushroom @ RM12

Tuna tortilla @ RM10

Overall, it's a great place to reminisce the sweet old days. If you're in Penang, Chai Diam Ma is surely a must visit. Experience the environment, enjoy the food and support the local artist.

Come see for yourself!
Mon, Wed & Thurs  11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm
Fri-Sun 11am-9pm
Closed on Tuesday

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Who Stole My Long Weekend?

The freaking STYE!

Yes, the stye on my eye stole my supposedly fun-filled long weekend.

Until today, I haven't yet watched the Royal Wedding! I saw a few photos from bloggers and other people who posted on Facebook. But I haven't watched it yet...

So the discomfort that started last Wednesday heated up like a volcano on Friday - which I was on medical leave to sleep almost the entire day!

You know, I was puzzled - the last I had a stye on my eye was last October or so. And now it's back again, so I googled for some stye-caring tips. Wikipedia said "styes can be triggered by poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, lack of hygiene or rubbing of the eyes" and that they can be treated with "antibiotics, such as chloramphenicol..."

That was what my doc gave me together with some enzyme and antibiotics tablets!

But do you know how lethal the eye ointment is? It may lead to death. Yes it can be FATAL!

So I switched to Eyemo Moist as recommended by my sis.

It felt more comfortable, because the ointment applied in the eye was creamy and oily.

In a way, I was thankful for the long weekend break because we had a replacement holiday on Monday for Labour Day which falls on Sunday this year.

Yet I didn't get to enjoy the long weekend as much as I had hoped.

How's my eye today? Well, imagine an erupted volcano with the lava flowing at a very super slow motion, that's the way the pus is coming out blurring my vision now and then.

The stye didn't just steal my long weekend, I had been deprived of good food!

Oh I feel like having KFC now!

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