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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Random Ramblings

#1. The world is filled with weirdos.
到底是人家奇怪,还是我不了解人家呢?(Are they really weird, or am I the one who doesn't understand them?)

#2. I always have nightmares of people trying to hunt me down and kill me or nightmares of people killing each other.
This morning I had a nightmare before 8am.
I dreamt that I was driving towards Jusco Ipoh and suddenly heard sirens of police cars coming in my direction.
Suddenly there was a shootout between a cop car and a car full of Sharlinie's abductors, happening right in front of me.
Panicking, I reversed my car and turned right at the junction.
Then, I ended up near a huge mound of yellow sand where apparently, some people were burying a lovely yellow dog.
And then I woke up.

Like I said, I always have these kind of nightmares.
When I was young, I dreamt of ninjas coming into my grandmother's compound trying to assasinate my family.
And I also dreamt of running away from some bad guys near my house, and hiding in a drain.
And a weird clown chasing and trying to capture me at a circus.
You might say I have been watching one too many cop dramas.
But actually, all I watch nowadays are medical dramas.

#3. My left eye has been twitching for one whole week.
They say 左凶右吉.
*Touch wood*!
I hope nothing happens.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

One New Experience at Teluk Tempoyak

Teluk Tempoyak, Penang

All photos here are by courtesy of Uncle Sim. :-)

A couple of weeks ago, I arrived at this breezy little fishing village called Teluk Tempoyak, located at the southern part of Penang Island. I was there for some leafleting activities, not so much of a participant, but more to watch and observe.

To reach Teluk Tempoyak, we had to go downhill away from a winding road near Batu Maung. Down and down we went, and voila! It was the sea.

Getting a seaview is not unusual in Penang. But this felt different. Secluded. This was unchartered territory. A Malay kampung which I wouldn't have had any chance to set foot upon if not for the activities that day. A paradise. A place where the noises and worries of city life in Penang were forgotten for a moment here, lost upon the salty sea-breeze.

Lovers' Bridge

They say the ikan bakar is tasty here. I have yet to try it but I found a blogger here who has. We stopped to pose for some pictures and hurried back to join the group.

Kerch and I

Then, we went to see some goats. It was my first time in a kandang kambing. I must say, the place really smells like lamb chop. I think goats are really weird. When I went near the kandang, the goats actually poked their head out to look at me. I find them strange because they actually look straight into your eyes with a knowing stare, like someone gone demented. I don't know other animals who look that way! It's like they know a deep, dark secret of yours that you aren't supposed to tell anyone. Gives me the creeps, if you know what I mean. Kerch said the goats reminded her of the movie "Black Sheep". There was one goat which looked like a pony (not the one below).

Again, reminds me of someone I know.
(Yes, it's that same someone whose face was linked to the lizard in my previous post.)

My friend is right. Sometimes taking a day off to experience something new is better than shopping in Queensbay Mall or Sunshine Square. My life has just started to get more interesting.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Baking-day

I don't think of myself as one of the baking-type. You know, those girls who delight themselves in baking trays and trays of delicate, crunchy cookies and warm, soft loaves of bread for their loved ones... That's not me. Heck, I hadn't even entered the kitchen before I started work!

But when Chinese New Year approaches, it's an obligation I have to fulfill being the only daughter of the house. To put on my cotton apron, wash my hands clean, and dutifully enter the kitchen to help my mom bake cookies for CNY.

Imagine baking biscuits in the sweltering heat of the midday sun shining in through the kitchen windows. To stay nearby the warm oven, perspiring and tucking away my fringe that keeps on dropping, to focus on kneading little bits of margerine into shape using my clumsy fingers.

But it feels oh-so-satisfying once you smell that waft of hot biscuits coming from the oven...

Walnut-crusted cornflakes cookies


Cornflakes cookies in rose-petal shape

Thursday, January 24, 2008

T.G.I.H. - Thank God It's a Holiday!

I'd been feeling a little down lately. I dunno, when things get out out of the norm, out of my control, I can't help but to feel a little out of my element. It feels as though... my fate is not my own.

It all started when I received a letter calling me in for an interview for the post of Air Traffic Controller. Well, some people may call it an "iron rice-bowl", but at the moment, I don't feel like relinquishing my engineering job just yet. To think that I'd spent this amount of years studying for my degree and giving it all up... to see my career gone after 6 years of bondage... I just can't bear to imagine all that.

It'd never dawned on me that one day I would take a written interview test... for the entire purpose of failing it. It feels somewhat guilty to do that. I dunno. There were five sections: interest, personality, common knowledge, IQ and understanding of English. Needless to say, I performed at the end of the bell curve for all five.

In the morning I was late for the test... not because I purposely wanted to be late, but because I didn't know that Penang Town was going to be so jammed on Thaipusam Eve. Leo came to find me for lunch, I had a lovely tandoori chicken meal at Sri Ananda Bahwan's together with another Indian girl who had come to sit for the test. It felt soothing to know that some people actually WANT the job!!

After the test, I took a stroll around the small aviary/menangerie at Dewan Sri Pinang. What a weird place to set up a mini zoo!! It proved to be quite de-stressing for me.


Tiny yellow flower - shot in macro mode with my SE K750i


Love-birds? Reminds me of my first kindergarten class - Mynah

Elegant peacock - though I thought the plummage rather dull

Reminds me of someone I know

Remnants of an ancient species

When I'm sad, I also tend to go into a food/movie binge to take my mind off the sad stuff. It's alright, I keep my daily exercise routine too. :) On Saturday I went for Peck Li's sumptuous wedding dinner (suckling pig!!). On Monday after karate I went to eat Bak Kut Teh at BB Cafe (nice!!) and watched Matchpoint (starring Jonathan Rhys Meyer and Scarlett Johannson) on DVD. Yesterday I watched Good Luck Chucky (hell lot of boobies and starring the fantabulous Jessica Alba) on DVD too. And on Thaipusam Day I went for the 3-course-meal at T.G.I.F. Queensbay and watched Cloverfield. I must say, I liked the movie... nevermind that it sounds like an Intel product codename!

Buffalo Wings & Celery with Bleu Cheese
Beef Rack with lotsa fries and BBQ sauce (not very nice and small portion... u can skip this)

Mud Pie - the entree and main course were not enough for 2, but this filled our stomachs!!

Leo says this looks like tanah runtuh!!

Do I look happier now? I guess I should stop being sad... if not I'll get fat!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Fly me to the moon

~Balloon collage, sundown on Sunday

Inspired by Edwin & Sarah's balloony wedding photos, we decided to take some similar shots.
No-lahh, I was just joking. It was just a stroke of romance on our part. :-)
But we did bring home the balloon from their wedding dinner.

It was a lovely Sunday evening;
The living room floor flooded by the golden rays of sunlight;
And the pink balloon bobbing up and down near the balcony, afloat on the wind.
I was relaxing by the balcony after a hectic day.
He asked, "Wanna let go of the balloon together?"
I thought, "Great!" and brought my cameraphone.

We posed for a few pics...
My hair, wet and clingy from my bath;
My face too dark, shaded from the sun;
And we couldn't control the wind!
But that didn't block my happy smile from shining through.

Peals of laughter shoke the apartment,
As we strived to get that perfect shot;
But we didn't need to try too hard,
Perfection was already there in our contented hearts.

At the end of it all, we put our fingers together to make a LOVE shape.
Leonard claimed it was deformed; I thought it was cutely formed! ^_^
With a count of 1, 2, 3 and a wish,
It was time to let the balloon go...

Up, up and away it went,
The pink pastel balloon flying away into the skies.
Where it would land on the moon,
And sing a joyful tale of us among the stars.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

All we need is time

~looks just like a toy train set, doesn't it?

I was watching Season 3 of Grey's Anatomy when I heard this line:

"We can get over it. All you gotta do is survive."

Life is a series of misadventures the way I see it. Like hiking up the Penang Hill. You could start off on the wrong route, fall down and hurt your foot, stop every 10 metres to catch your breath due to lack of stamina; or choose to persevere until you reach the top. You can get over every bound and obstacle, and be the king of the world, as long as you survive.

No matter what games life plays on you, no matter what injustice has been done, no matter what goes awry when you pick a Chance; all we need is time. Time to heal what went wrong. Time to make a difference. Time to wait it out and see. Time to survive through the storm and uncertainties of life.

And if you wait long enough, the tram will soon come up to where you are.

~taken today during Penang Hill hike.

It was a tough one, but I was in better shape than my first hike up Penang Hill during the Lions Club Charity Hike nine months ago. The hikers were WM, Leo, Lionel and I. We took the route at the Botanical Gardens which consisted of a steady flight of stairs all the way up. At first we couldn't find the entrance but luckily a cute guy kindly showed us the way. Leo told me the number of steps was almost as many as Bukit Jambul. It really didn't feel that easy! I stopped for a few times until we reached the flat pass where we could hear sounds of the waterfall. We chose not to go down to the waterfall and hiked up to reach the tar road before the halfway point. It was weird, there was nobody there. After taking some photos, we continued up the tar road to reach the top of the hill. I guess my frequent hikes to Bukit Jambul and runs on the treadmill really paid off. It didn't feel so dizzy and my stamina was much better than before! Next hike: Air Itam Dam :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Cloverfield - a coincidence?!

Suddenly, I decided not to return my Snow Globe afterall. :P

My Blueberry Nights


I want to watch this film!

Because it has Norah Jones, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman... and Jude Law in it! And Wong Kar-Wai is one of my favourite directors of all time...

"My Blueberry Nights is a romantic road film, with a young woman making a soul-searching trip across America and encountering a series of charming and bizarre characters."

--Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New York, New York

I had always dreamt of going to New York to lead a Hollywood life. To share a cozy apartment with 5 cool housemates like in F.R.I.E.N.D.S., to ride in a horse carriage with Mr. Big in Central Park like Carrie Bradshaw, to witness the New Year's ball drop in Time Square...

So it was no surprise that when I first laid eyes on the snow globe in the shop window... I had to have it! Sadly, I missed the chance as I was in a rush then.

However, my sweetie gave me a surprise today as I came back home from work and saw my New York, New York lovingly wrapped and placed on my desk!


However, one look rendered me a shock! I gazed clearly into the snow globe... and saw to my dismay... the Statue of Liberty's head decapitated!!!


It seems that the Statue of Liberty's head had fallen among some buildings... Oh my God! What a disaster... as this was the last snow globe in the shop!

Bad omen... or testament of Leonard's calamity??? I wonder!

Food for thought

Lunch in Ipoh Town...

Nothing else can pull me away from the comfort and shade of my house in the burning heat of Sunday noon but for the company of good friends. Joseph is working in Ipoh for two months and Wei Xuan was back for the weekend. We went to eat at a new fusion restaurant at the heart of Ipoh town. Wei Xuan had bought a new Sony Alpha DSLR and Joseph snapped away at the food. Mmm... everything looks so nice even though he simply snapped... when can I get my own DSLR? But that's only wishful thinking because I'll be too lazy to lug it around anyways... :P Thank God for friends who hail from the same hometown as me. I know, even though I seldom get to meet them, we'll always see each other back in Ipoh.

And oh yeah, Happy Birthday Nicholas! May all your wishes come true... :)

There seems to be so much writing recently... my own stuff at work, for interest, and helping out some friends. I'm balancing it out by consuming a lot of dramas: dance drama 舞动全城 and soon, Grey's Anatomy Season 3!

Two phrases that keep popping up: "Holier-than-thou" and "Devil-may-care". I can link both together in a paragraph. CSL spoke the truth when he said that some people have this "holier-than-thou" attitude when judging others. However, being a public figure he should have already assumed the worst and had a "devil-may-care" attitude with his adulterous behaviour. Same as us, we always tend to say that other people are commenting and judging us while at the same time we ourselves are commenting and judging others. Gossip is all part-and-parcel of social life. How different am I from other people? Unless I tie my tongue and sew up my mouth! The irony of having a blog is that I want my friends to share and care in my life, but at the same time, I don't like people whom I dislike reading my blog and coming up to me acting like they know me very well and say, "Hey, I recently read this in your blog, are you really such-and-such??" and then I have to comply myself to smile and give a nod. I mean, I wish I could just restrict entry to only a few and hope that those whom I dislike "get it" and refrain themselves from reading and commenting on my blog. Just stop.

4 in the morning feels as deserted as New York City in "I Am Legend". I recently woke up at 4a.m. to fetch Leo from the bus station. Balls of newspaper whittled along the road with the sigh of night yet made no disturbance to anyone. I stopped at 7-11 for bread but the supply hadn't arrived yet. The newspapers were all dated yesterday. It felt like time had stood still for a moment. I could just imagine talking to the people there who were still mannequins. Luckily the bus station was filled with light and brimming with travellers. It felt safe in the light.


New Year BBQ

It's important for me to choose my clothes properly when I am sick. So many people claimed that I looked sick when I wore my preppy brown button-up shirt and pale blue shirt the next day. Perhaps I should wear pink, red and bright yellow to bring colour to my face. It seems like such an unhealthy start to the New Year when I am still not recovered by today and yesterday I had the worst tummyache in my entire life. Food poisoning? But I cooked my own food!

Leo organized a New Year's BBQ in James' place last Friday. I was sick, but I gladly went! Everybody chipped in to help... it has been such a long time since we had such a nice gathering. On Sunday Leo was feeling bubbly again and he cooked enough pongteh for a seven-people lunch. Menu: bittergourd porkrib soup, steamed egg, chilli garam dory fish, chilli garam left-over fishballs and belacan-fried ladies fingers and shrimp.

I encountered a flat tyre on my way to Zhi Wei's house on Sunday. Some honchos of sly repairshop businessmen had thrown long thick nails on the Jelutong Expressway to purposely puncture peoples' tyres. It's the highway!! How dangerous could it be if my tyre went kapoot and I was forced to swerve round-and-round!! Anyway Zhi Wei's dad called in a repairman for RM12 to patch my tyre. When I got back to my apartment, I again discovered my bonnet billowing up in smoke. Turns out my aircon compressor, tube, filter and cooling coil was a gone case after 14 years. There goes my RM800... *imagining cash growing wings and flying away... sob*

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Year-End-Sales! And some Resolutions...

Tis' that season of the year again, where shopping becomes justifiable, and New Year's resolutions come galore!

Unlike Bridget Jones, I don't really make a list of NY resolutions every year. Maybe I should start making one every year, as a motivation to get my adult life forward and kicking... hmm...

So here goes! Taking my previous random list and checking it...

1. I must come to office before 8.30a.m. everyday! And do my work better!
2. I must lose 4kg by cutting down on fatty foods, binges, by eating more fruits and by exercising at least 4 days a week!
3. I must cook more for my family and loved ones, and try out different recipes!
4. I must make sure I am released from JPA bond!
5. I must be more fashion conscious and try to dress up more while going out!
6. I must be a better daughter, sister, girlfriend, and friend!
7. I must lose my temper or at least keep it under wraps!
8. I must save up for Down Under trip with my family!
9. I must bring my mom snorkelling again this year!
10. I must find a part time job and keep to my saving target of 30% this year!

That being done... let's look at what I've been up to recently... :)

Triumph one-piece swimsuit at RM60! What a bargain!

I'd been looking for a nice, functional one-piece swimsuit to replace my Triumph of 3 years! After searching high-and-low for The One, I finally found it at Queensbay Jusco! I think, for V-shaped one-piece swimsuits, Triumph is the brand to go because Arena swimsuits are all too high-cut at the V-area and Ogivals are basically, ugly. I bought a swimcap at Ogival's, though...

Healthy family activity at Bukit Jambul

Mom and dad had been forever pestering me to bring them to climb Bukit Jambul ever since they read that newspaper article in The Star. Again, how many times do I have to educate my friends and fellow readers, do not believe everything they write in the newspapers!!

For first-timers, this is definately not a walk in the park. Mom and Dad were huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf when they got to the top. Although Leo and I made it up fairly easy without losing our breath, I can still vividly remember my first climb up the hill - it was like a neverending flight of stairs up; each step was higher than the first; and I had to take like a 3 minute break every 1/3 of the way! The way down was even scarier, with all the moss on the rocks and stairs, there's always that horrible chance of losing your grip and plunging to your death or breaking your kneecap on those huge, dangerous-looking nails!

Sinful dessert at Häagen-Dazs icecream!

Finally, I used up that RM10 ice-cream voucher to treat my family to a round of sinfully decadent chocolate/ice-cream steamboat at Häagen-Dazs. Btw, after Wiki-ing it, only did I know that Häagen-Dazs actually an American brand, and not a Scandinavian brand! Oh, they use foreign branding in the US too... We chose the original steamboat with only one chocolate flavour, and 4 types of icecream - chocolate (recommended!), vanilla, strawberry and coffee. I love it when I dip the ball of icecream into the melt of hot chocolate and some nuts and the chocolate straightaway cools on the surface of the ball, forming a chocolate shell to crack on! Yummy!

Mom looking gleeful


Hmm... look at that chocolate topped with nuts!!

Other places we tried out:

->Shanghai Ding (at the street next to QB Mall) - 'xiao long bao', pockey mouse bun and ramen

->Manila Place (Gurney Plaza) - Teatime: mushroom soup in a bun, chicken pot pie and strawberry icecream

->Teluk Kumbar seafood and satay (again!!)

->Stall at Solok Moulmein (opposite Pulau Tikus police station) - char koay teow and nyonya kuih, etc.

->Hawker Stalls at Gurney Drive

OOPS!!! Anyone remember Resolution No.2 of the Year? Hehe... gotta go for my swim now! Adios!~