Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tis a season to be jolly.....tra lala lala lala la la....
More appropriately, perhaps would be....
(jolly in English means festive, happy whilst joli in Malay means "enjoy by squandering!")
Friday, December 19, 2008
We were so saddened by the news that our second mission remains unaccomplished.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I remembered receiving a survey call asking some questions about the household which includes whether I have any appliances in my home that is made in Malaysia. So off I went to do the inventory while the lady waited on the phone - Tuscany oven, Lebbenstil toaster, Bosch washing machine, Fujitsu laptop, Beurer dehumidifer, Sharp microwave, JVC speakers...my last resort was the rice cooker and even that was not Made in Malaysia. I just hung up the phone as I was too embarrased to admit that I have none!
Nope...I don't think so. We have had a few landslide incidents involving death, property damages, personal injuries but apparently they were not sufficient reason to stop all together.
To answer the first question - possibly, a cleaner local authorities with smart, qualified people who are accountable for their action.
So, who are we to blame?
That would be the response I would receive from Tasha when I call her on the phone now.
Such was the power of acting by Raja Azura who played in Sinbad held in Istana Budaya recently. Tasha is so enthralled by her acting and jokes that she could not stop talking about the performance.
Sinbad was played really well by a really handsome kid (by Tasha's standard) and Puteri Maisarah sang oh so beautifully.
It was a great night out for us (well...not sure about Franco as the play was in Malay).
So, well done the Malaysian Children's Theatre for putting up such a great show.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken,
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools;
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings,
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew,
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you,
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute,
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run;
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my brother!
IF By Rudyard Kipling
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Tasha is loving the language and tries to speak it at every opportunity, which is a joy to hear although half of the time, it sounded like a new language has been created! We even took her to watch the movie Budak Kelantan which is a bit too adultish for her but has some beautiful Kelantanese language spoken by some of the actors. Even my husband didn't want to miss out on the fun and has finally succeeded in saying "seksen ne belah" like a true Kelantanese.
Ahhhh...at last... my home now feels like a real Kelantanese home!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Back in Tampines, Pak Cik Salim looked a bit frail but still has his charming smile on. Mak Ain is never short of stories - be it about the past, present or future. I love reminiscing with her as she has the capability of filling in the gaps with details that made you go "yeah...that's it". The memory became so vivid that the past seemed just like yesterday. Kak Mina has not put on weight since 1986 and is desperately looking for pills to help her gain some weight while Kak Esah's food is out of this world that she should be awarded as a 5 star Michelin chef! Abang Man is the envy of the family who spends most of his time in his holiday home in Batam.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
One of the qualities that attracted me to Franco (apart from him being very neat and funny!) was his analytical prowess. He is always very logical and practical in his decisions (well...the few that he arrived at without the DIVINE intervention!).
He creates spreadsheets for everything and carries a TO DO LIST wherever he goes. All risks are calculated and if it tips on the risky side, the project is abandoned long before it commences. In the "brain" world, he is your ultimate LEFT hemisphere.
While I on the other hand loves spreadsheets and schedules (LEFT) too but sometimes wonder why I bother with percentages and bottom lines when 9 out of 10 times, I would just go with the flow, let my gut feeling and instinct (RIGHT) lead the way. I tend to see the bigger picture (RIGHT) as opposed to seeing parts in detail (LEFT) and believe that when it feels right, it should be and would always be right (SO RIGHT)! (Of course that was not always the case - but when it is, it's a euphoria!)
I love forming strategies (LEFT), (in fact that's what I do for a living) but most of them are in flow charts (RIGHT) instead of words, and I draw maps (RIGHT) when giving directions rather than use words (LEFT).
But don't get me wrong...I use words a lot and so does Franco. In fact I am sure my friends would be ever so willing to testify that we are never without words, kind or otherwise, especially to each other.
I am a challenge to the "brain" world as my left and right sides are probably wired to each other and it is just a total BIG mess up there.
And then we have our sweet but impetuous daughter. We couldn't handle her 11 imaginary friends when she was 4, and get annoyed with her lack of eye for details. She perceives things spatially, beyond the place where our imagination dares go. I don't even have to make a list of her trait...she is just RIGHT in every way.
In a lot of ways it is frustrating but fun that we don't think, do things or act the same way . Franco will always be our ROCK while I play a hand of black jack and Tasha dreams and dances her night away.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Out of the 8 who arrived in a timely manner, the first one was eloquent but lack enthusiasm. He was quickly dismissed as I would rather have a non-graduate with passion than a Masters graduate without one. It's a shame as he was the most qualified on paper but the slouch and the slur during the interview were something I just could not handle.
The second had an acceptable command of language but was so black or white. I was like that too, but when I was 15, not 25! Wish life is as simple as that.
The third was presentable, but a tuxedo for an interview? I asked him whether he was going to a wedding after the interview but he didn't get the joke. Oh...never mind.
The fourth didn't even last for two seconds. He just stomped in, took a sit without being offered and what got him thrown out was that he didn't even have the courtesy to wish me good morning. So, I wished him good bye instead.
The fifth one was a sweet girl who nearly cried when I challenged her to a debate about how much she was worth. She eventually recoiled and told me it was up to me. Hmm....not exactly a procurer's material.
The sixth insisted that the interview be conducted in BM because her English was not that great. I insisted that she should know not to apply for a job with a foreign company if she was not able to communicate in English, and I further insisted that she left without further ado.
I won't bore you with the rest but you got the drift?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
In such a fast-moving ever-changing world that we live in today - where jobs are exposed to digitization, automation and outsourcing, one of the abilities that should be developed is the ability to "learn how to learn" - to constantly absorb, and teach yourself, new ways of doing old things or new ways of doing new things.
An excerpt from: The World is Flat
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
OK....back on track
I said almost because he has been here 12 years and he is still not able to quite digest that in Malaysia, every issue needs to be politicised.
Well...not to mention that it is a mere 10 minutes drive from home.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
From the book BEING HAPPY by Andrew Matthews
Friday, September 26, 2008
My husband congratulated me. He seemed to be more excited than I am.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hatha (Physical) yoga was introduced in India in the 15th century. It follows a program of postures (asana) and breath-controlled exercises aimed at achieving physical strength and stamina, as well as building mental concentration, freeing the mind from distraction. The asanas are designed to tone and strengthen all the muscles and joints, improve metabolism, agility and flexibility.
FEELING HOT HOT HOT
“Hot Yoga” or Bikram Yoga which is the IN thing nowadays is a derivation of Hatha yoga. It is a physical yoga that is practised in a heated room. Each session can burn anywhere from 300 to 1,000 calories, so it’s not for the picky and malnourished!
Why the heat?
Firstly, muscles work at their most efficient at 36C. Keeping the muscles warm enables you to stretch more deeply without injury.
Secondly, the heat helps open the pores and rid the body of toxins through sweat. Optimal humidity improves the immune system and rejuvenates the skin as sweating promotes detoxification.
Finally, it helps to thin the blood which in turn would increase the heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Many of us treat Yoga as an opportunity to "work" the body, without integrating the sense of spirituality in the yoga practice.
The way I look at it is that yoga is simply a tool for developing connection to the Inner Self. Many people are capable of attaining this connection without the need to perform traditional yogic exercises and meditation. So, who is to say that it is wrong to solely practice Yoga on the physical level?
Many have also raised concerns about Yoga causing lower-back pain, injuries to hamstrings, knee sprains, damaged cartilage, heat related illness and dehydration (especiallly in Hot Yoga).
My view is that heat related illnesses and dehydration can occur in any kind of sports if the participants do not replenish enough fluids into the system.
The best way to prevent injuries from Yoga, is the same as with any other activities, if it feels good, go for it and if it doesn’t, either stop or go get it checked out.
Secondly, anything done excessively can never be good for you, so, moderation is always the key.
IT"S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Due to a wide range of yoga available, yoga may mean different thing to different people. If you were to ask a yoga master what yoga is, he would probably talk about spiritual integrity and effective healing powers. The individual who suffers from chronic pain might express yoga as a getaway to a great joy while Andy Murray, the tennis ace would reveal that the hot and sweaty yoga sessions helped him beat world no. 1 Roger Federer.
Personally, I have gotten rid not just the toxins in my body, but also my massseur whom I used to frequent regularly due to my back ache, my orthopaedic surgeon who made so much money from me, now I am not giving him a penny and my aesthetician who kept telling me that the breakouts were caused by the imbalance hormones but still insisted that I saw her every biweekly.
While every school of yoga has its own approach, while people perform yoga for different reasons, the results are the same. It nourishes the body, mind and spirit, intimately connecting the triad to wellness.
So, what are you waiting for?
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tasha knew she had done well at the audition but she also knew that perfection alone doesn't land you a job. It could be that her nose was too big, or the eyes were too intense or the hair was too curly. She has gone through enough to know, to accept and to move on. Life was as usual for her while we tried hard not to mention anything related to the Camp in front of her.
The deadline for registration was fast approaching and the agents still had no good news. Time was running out when suddenly an e-mail came from New York.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Ricky then turned to me and said something that striked the chord....
....And the Jingle Bells filled the air in our humble abode again!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
While I have to think hard (very hard) of our similarities, all the differences just came oozing out I can't even type fast enough.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Anguished, I returned home and surfed for the movie's official rating. Funnily enough, I found out that The Motion Picture of America (MPAA) rated the movie as PG-13 for its crude and sexual content. So, what the **** is the Malaysian censor board thinking?