Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rain ~ from my journal

The last two months, it was raining all day long. The road was sloppy and wet. The nights were cold and even the days were cold. Whenever the sun comes around people would quickly wash their clothes and hang them to dry.

But the sun was not there for long. As if he just came to glimpse and say hello, he would leave then. It was difficult when the clothes were damp and people had  to dry it using the fan. Some days, people had trouble because they couldn't wash clothes at all. It rained all day.

At night, if it rains, it is cold. People tend to find something to warm their body. Maybe a hot cup of chocolate. Children enjoys if it rains at night. They like it very much. They snuggle into their cozy bed and have a warm good night sleep.

But for the adults, they don't like the rain pouring down everyday. There were flash floods everywhere. Some people living in the low land had to move to shelter. Even the cities are flooded sometimes.The earth is soggy and landslides occur. Even crops suffer because there was too much water.

When it rains in the morning, it is difficult for people to wake up and leave to work. The coziness they feel makes them want to sleep more. People don't want to get stuck in the traffic when it rains in the morning.

Probably, it would snow instead of rain here. Maybe in another 50 years. Maybe at that time, people won't be sleeping in their cozy beds. They would be outside, throwing snowballs at each other.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Home Made Nellikai Pickle

Sweet, sour, spicy and a little salty. That is my Nellikai (Indian Gooseberry) Pickle. I just did it this evening after coming back from work. When I was cooking the gravy, the whole house smelt of pickle. 

Now it's done and the Nellikai is soaked in the gravy. Should be in the jar for a week and then I'll get to taste my Nellikai Pickle.

My first attempt to make pickle. Of course my mum was standing beside me and supervising. ^_^. Now that it's soaking in the sweet sourish spicy salty gravy, I hope it comes out well after seven days. So Mr.Mold....please don't taste my pickle before I do. Pleaseeee.....

I made sure I dried the ingredients well. No room for moisture!! And I even washed and dried the pickle jar. I wiped it like 5 times. So Mr. Mold....please don't disappoint me. Can't wait to taste my Nellikai Pickle.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas @ MidValley

Some photos of Christmas decoration at MidValley. Photographs by Satya. I feel like I'm in Wonderland. It feels like Christmas already.... I want my fruitcake...^_^

 I thought I saw a bunny hiding under the bushes...

 Where shall I hang my socks?
 I want present from Body Shop!!!

 In the spirit of Christmas, so both of us are wearing red and green. Ho Ho Ho!!

 While I find my way out of this garden maze, I shall pick some berries.

Presents for them...what about me!!

Good huh. Thanks to our photographer Satya. Makes u feel like want to come here rite. So what are you waiting for come shop at MidValley and snap some photos. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Not A Friend At All

" A teenage girl assaulted her friend with a helmet before ordering two men to rape the victim while she watched in a forest near a highway....." ~ read today's Star Paper.

I can't believe it!! How could a 14 year old have such a disgusting idea to take revenge on her friend. What kind of friend is she? Such a horrid thing to read in the paper. What is happening to our youngsters these days.

Her motive is believed to be jealousy ....... because her boyfriend had been flirting with the victim. Oh come on, dump that guy and get someone else. Not order men to rape your friend. And now you will soon end up in jail.

If this 14 year old kid could do such a thing, image how kids will be thinking in future. What happen to all our religious teaching, moral teachings or whatever good ethics they are teaching at home and school. Why are people behaving to savagely these days. Especially a young girl in this case.

Ruining other people's life doesn't make u feel better. But it makes things worse. We gain nothing from it, so no point of revenge if you are going to live life feeling guilty at the end.

Guess we have to be really careful when choosing friends and trusting someone. Also think before you act!

A Journey Called Life

Sharing a forwarded e-mail from my inbox. ^_^

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?", the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning : "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it." The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray.. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap . . . Alone.. .. ..

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she returned home she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient:

But his wife's sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer's wife did not get well...

She died. So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon.

And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn't concern you, remember, when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Look On Every Exit As Being An Entrance Somewhere Else

I have stayed in this room for much too long. I realised that I have gained too little and wasted my time here. Time is precious like gold and seeing every second of it slipping unproductively through my hands hurts a lot.

But my commitment stops me from leaving this room.

I wish these commitments will end soon. But a wish is just a wish. There is no fairy god mother to grant my wish. This is reality and not a fairytale.

As quoted by writer Tom Stoppard, “look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else”. I looked around the room. There was an exit in this room.

Taking that exit will bring me to an entrance somewhere else. And that somewhere else is where I want to be. Not leaving my commitments, I have to find my tools and skills to start my journey from that entrance to somewhere else. Somewhere else where I want to be.

Once I am ready, I will take that exit.

Michael Leung, A letter he wrote to his son

Something I would like to share with whoever out there that reads my blog. In case you are wondering what the hell I am doing reading someone else's personal letter, well I got this article from a friend. Well he wasn't digging in Michael Leung's personal things. It was a forwarded email.

But then again, I wonder where the person who originally mailed this message got it from. Hmmmm....... uh-oh!! 

Who cares anyway, as long as you get to read this letter and see how beautifully the message is written!!!

"Michael Leung is a renowned radio personality in Hong Kong. He is also a child psychologist.
This is a letter that Michael Leung had written to his son. I was extremely moved after reading it. It’s not only good to show to one’s son, but it’s also a good read for everyone!"

My son,

I’m writing this memo to you based on three principles:

1. Life is unpredictable. No one knows how much longer we can live. So it’s better that I talk to you about certain important things now.

2. I am your father. If I don’t talk to you about these important truths of life, I’m afraid no one else will.

3. Every thought here is derived from my own excruciating failures. It is meant to help you grow without having to learn it the hard way.

1. Don’t be too worried about those who haven’t been good to you. No one is obligated to treat you well, besides your mom and I. As for those who are kind to you, cherish them, be grateful, but also beware of them. This is because everyone does everything for a reason. If someone is good to you, it doesn’t necessarily mean he or she truly likes you. You need to be able to see beyond that. There’s no need to treat he or she as your true friend in no time.

2. No one is irreplaceable, and nothing is indispensable. With this in mind, one day when you lose your beloved or even all the things that you can’t live without, you would know that that is no big deal.

3. Life is short. Today you might still be wasting away your life, tomorrow you’ll find out that life has already left. So, the earlier you begin seeing life in this light and savoring it, the longer you would be able to enjoy your life. Don’t wish for longevity. Instead, start taking pleasure in your life right now.

4. There is no such thing as the supreme love. Love is at best a fleeting sensation. It will definitely change as time passes, and as your attitude alters. If your so-called beloved has decided to leave, please be patient. Wait. Let the time cleanse your mind, and let the soul sink in a bit. You pain will gradually fade. Don’t hold on to any unrealistic hope for Love’s beauty; neither should you exaggerate the pain when love is gone.

5. Even though many high achievers aren’t highly educated, it doesn’t mean that you are going to succeed without having to study diligently. The knowledge you gain is the weapon in your possession. We human beings can prosper without any support or social networks, but we can’t go anywhere without a tool/weapon in our hands. Keep this in mind!

6. I won’t expect you to provide for me my whole life, and vice versa, I’m not going to provide for you throughout your entire life. When you are grown and become independent, my parental duties are finished. From then on, your outlook in life will solely depend on you--whether you would take the humble bus or drive a beaming Mercedes Benz; whether you would be rich enough to drink the shark fin soup every day, or that you would end up so poor you can only afford the glass noodle. It’s totally your call.

7. You can expect yourself to be faithful to others, but you can’t demand others to be faithful to you. You can treat others with good will, but you can’t expect others to return the favor. How you have been treating others will not necessarily result in their reciprocity. If you can't see this point, you'll be baffled by unnecessary worries.  

8. I’ve been buying the lottery tickets for nearly twenty years now, but until today I am still poverty-stricken. Not even once had I won the third prize. This proves that if we want to get rich, we can only get there by working diligently. There’s no free lunch in this world.

9. All family members are selected by fate-- once in infinity. No matter how long we can live together in this world, please cherish the time we spend together, for in our next lives, regardless of whether we love or no longer love each other, chances are that we will never see each other again.

Your Dad,

Michael Leung Kai Cheung

Friday, November 25, 2011

Memories in Collage

I've created some collage from a collection of photographs. Pictures of myself, my trip to Sri Lanka and photos of my aunt holding a little baby ;). Back in the sixties. Wait till my 'aunt' reads this post, she will be so happy!! She would bake me apple pie..... the best apple pie ever. Mmmm....miss those apple pies and my dearest aunt too...

That's me. I'm so cute!!! ^.^'

Dambulla Cave in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Rock Fotress in Sri Lanka lovely aunt, haha.... she's my sister actually.
Love vintage ^_^

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weekend Project

Last Sunday I tried  a new project. That is sewing my own purse. Before that I have already start sewing a kameez/top and right now it is in the last stage of completion. I also did some embroidery for my pillow case.

Hand embroidery takes plenty of time and patience. I took the design from Internet, but instead of tracing the design to the cloth I drew the design myself. So it didn't turn out exactly as the one in the Internet. I was too excited and impatient because I really wanted to see the end product ^_^'.

Here are the pictures of my weekend projects. Handmade embroidered pillow and purse by Jayne.

I used Stem stitch, Lazy Daisy for the leaves, French knot for the eyes, Pistil stitch for the crest on the peacock's head, and Palestrina stitch. Since it was my first time doing embroidery, I used the same thread.

Took me one week to complete the embroidery and 1 day to complete the purse. Can't wait to post my kammez/top once it is done.

Friday, October 7, 2011

October Events

I must attend these events. I have been waiting for Big Bad Wolf book sales and now it’s here already. Yeah!! Starting from 7-16 October they are having crazy sales at MAEPS, Serdang. I call it Crazy Sales because there are 1.5 million books with 75% - 90% discount. Last year we (me and family) bought some storybooks and even donated children storybooks to a Tamil School. So can’t wait to go there tomorrowJ. This time I want to get some recipe books. Hope I am on time to get my Nigella.

Another fun event is the floating book fair! Logos Hope has docked in Port Klang now till October 24th. Entry ticket is only RM1. The last time I went for a floating book fair was back in 1997, Doulos was in Tawau. I love book fairs!! Can’t wait for MPH Carnival 2011, 8-12 December at Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Hehe...

But for today, I’m heading to Mid Valley Exhibition Center for some yummy chocolate tasting... mmmmm. Malaysia Cocoa & Chocolate Day 2011 from 7-9 October.


And here are the photos I took this afternoon at Choco Fair....


 It's a dragon..

coffee table...

 This one is realy nice....

The lizard...about to climb a cocoa tree....

 All made of chocolate!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Thirst For The Classical Language

Only after music director, Vijay Anthony made the Aathichudi song, many of us wanted to find out what it meant. Aathichudi is a collection of quotations by Auvaiyar. Most of us who are not from Tamil schools don't know much about Tamil Literature.

I'm amazed how this single-lined quotations are created. If you know Aathichudi and the meaning of each quotations then you can teach the Tamil Alphabeths together with Aathichudi to your children, because it is organized in alphabetical orders. So don't teach 'A for Apple' to your child. Teach அ - அறம் செய விரும்பு. Which is A - Aram Seiya Virumbe that means have desire to do good.

I really regret I did not get a chance to start my early education in a Tamil school. In east Malaysia the Indian community is a minority and there are no Tamil Schools. I always thought those who live in the west were luckier because they have a chance to learn some of our literature. But surprisingly there are Indians in the west who don't want to send their children to Tamil School. English seems more important than our mother tongue.

Wonder what is wrong with Tamil Schools? Not enough facilities or is it false perception that if you study in a Tamil School, you won't be as smart as the students in national primary school. In the 60's, students from Tamil Schools had a hard time when they enter the secondary school where the syllabus was in English at that time.

But now, it's different. Most parents are able to speak at least basic English. So why not send the child to a Tamil School. My Tamil School was my mum. She taught us to read Tamil from the magazines and newspapers we bought when we came for holidays to the west.

I remember how we kept the papers and magazines so safely, handling each page delicately to avoid tearing it. It was that precious to us, reading the same papers and magazines again and again each month because we did not have any source of Tamil books. Not even a Tamil radio station.

A thirst to learn my own language, Tamil. Back to the Aathichudi, I am still searching for the meaning of each quotation by Auviyar. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

EE Labels

I didn't know anything about the EE Label until I read TheStar online today. EE Label is the label for refrigerators or other appliances that are energy efficient. So if you see 5 stars in that label, it means that it is most efficient in saving energy. But I'm not sure how the label looks like.

I guess most of us are not aware of it until the news came out today in the papers that those who have energy bills between RM 3 and RM 285 can claim RM 200. If you buy 5-star rated air conditioner model, you save RM 100 and if you buy 5-star rated refrigerator model you save RM 200. Both items must be endorsed by Energy Commision.

If you didn't read the papers today or didn't know about this news, and you are very exicited to get you rebate.... wait. Terms and Conditions applies. I forgot to mention that!

So find out if you are qualified for a rebate at Spread the news and save your pockets. Besides checking if you are eligible for rebate, they also have tips on how to save energy and your money. Like that 'blackout curtains' idea.

So don't wait until you are offered a rebate to save energy. You can save more if you use energy.... efficiently. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

HARI MALAYSIA 16.09.2011

After 54 years of Independence,
And 48 years of establishing Malaysian Federation,
Here we are,
Celebrating the formation of our beautiful country.

It’s a Friday and a Holiday!
It’s time to celebrate,
With a great start.
Yes!! A great start with the perfect breakfast,
Nasi Lemak, Tosai or perhaps some Dim Sum.

With my stomach full of Malaysian Delicacies,
I am writing a thank you note to,
All Malaysians for helping me in every way, every day.

Yes, even that smile from you,
brightened my gloomy days.
That honk reminding me to switch on my car lights,
one stressful night.
That willingness to follow me,
to make sure I arrived at the correct place.
And for that concern to make sure I get my
‘Buy one free one offer’. :D

Thank you & Happy Malaysia Day.
May we remain faithful to our country,
and united in our hearts, ALWAYS.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Brightest City In Malaysia

I-City, the brightest city in Malaysia. Located near Sungai Rasau Toll, Shah Alam. You can see the lights at night when you're heading to Klang through Federal Highway. I went to this place in 2010 with mum, just curious about what this place is all about. Back then, the entrance ticket was only RM2. Now I heard it's RM 10 per car. Somehow they need to pay the electricity bill right!!

My eyes was very painful after seeing too many colourful LED lights. Plus it was drizzling at that time, but still there were so many people snapping photos. Don't you think this place is a waste of money and energy. And pollution. hehehe..