Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
How much life has to offer
And yet for a lot of people
It is just work ...and work and work
How can one be so addictive to it?
How can one be so stressed by it?
After all, it is just a means to an end
He was once like that
But now he is the last to leave the house in the morning
And the first to arrive in the evening
What causes the change?
Adopting my motto, he said
Hellalujah.....is all I can say!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
3. My daughter is my world and my fashion guru. Must say that my style has improved since she was born!
4. Have few close friends. Not good at keeping fair-weather friends. I have no patience nor energy to keep up with the superficialities.
5. Hate Malaysian politics with a vengeance. Just as an example of the “arrogance and selfishness” of these politicians - in this current economic downturn, they are still prioritising party fights over putting up mini budgets that could help thousands of families. Unbelievable!
6. Have immense passion for travelling. Try to go somewhere, everywhere whenever there is a holiday. Even if it is just Cuti Cuti Malaysia. Love to see new things, taste new food, learn different ways of life.
7. Most unforgettable trip was my honeymoon 11 years ago when we traversed the Silk Route. It is a long story but suffice to say, it makes Amazing Race looks so unchallenging.
8. Work mainly for money. Although I love what I am doing now, I will not hesitate to quit when my goals are achieved.
9. I don’t believe in climbing corporate ladder, I don’t believe in loyalty to a particular outfit. I always go where there is more money on the table.
10. I am closest to my older sister whom from very young has been very protective over me. She still comes and does laundry at my place when I don’t have a maid!
11. I find it difficult to forgive and definitely will NEVER forget.
12. Still a true Kelantanese at heart when it comes to food. There is nothing like Kelantanese / Golok food.
13. Still have the desire to learn new things –piano lessons, tennis coaching, personal training are a few of the things I am doing now. Hope to write the Project Management Professional Exam before the year ends.
14. My husband’s most frequent complain about me is that I spend too much time playing tennis. So, I guess I am not doing so badly.
15. My common complain about my husband is that the volume is too loud when he is watching TV. Petty but deafening. I hate noise in whatever shape or form!
16. Unlike most girls, I don’t particularly enjoy shopping for trivial things like fancy clothes, uncomfortable shoes, handbags, knick knacks. My expenditure usually revolves around golf membership, gym membership, coaching, golf clubs, basketball, bicycle and tennis rackets!
17. Plants die on me for whatever reason there may be – too much water, not enough sun, too much fertiliser, old soil. I don’t have green fingers but fortunately I have friends with green fingers who will save my plants when they are dying.
18. Not a religious person. Trying to learn and practice what I learn but definitely not doing enough in this department.
19. Person who impresses me the most – my first piano teacher, Rauf who has inspired me to continue with my lessons even until now. He has now become a performer and last I heard he was performing in Starhill. This guy plays with his heart and soul. He has set such a standard that it is kind of difficult for me to appreciate other teachers!
20. The most touchy moment (so far) was when my daughter sang “You Raised Me Up” solo at a concert. Both my husband and I were in tears.
21. Very simple person with simple needs. Hate complicated arrangement. Everything must be practical!!!
22. Do not enjoy big group gatherings. I probably really care for about 1% of the people in the group and thus find it a waste of time to even bother with the rest.
23. My husband and I hardly fight, we really pick our battles. Although for a lot of people it may seem that we are fighting all the time because we do speak very loudly to / at each other!
24. Didn't have a wedding, just an akad nikah ceremony attended by a handful of friends and relatives. If I have another chance, I will not do it any other way. Till now, I still couldn’t understand the need for a big wedding reception – and most times twice for the same couple – once for each side!
25. Life is short, always try to live life to the max. So, you will not find me napping in the afternoon to pass time, or hang out at a mall wandering aimlessly or stay at work longer than necessary just to impress the boss!!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The earliest known Egyptian pyramid is the Step Pyramid which was built during the Third Dynasty of Ancient Egypt (27th Century BC) in Saqqara, near Memphis. Memphis at the time was the capital of Egypt. The architect, Imhotep built Egypt's first step pyramid, by building a series of six successively smaller mastabas (an earlier form of tomb structure), one atop of another.
Of the three, only Khafre's pyramid retains part of its original polished limestone casing, near its apex. This pyramid appears larger than the adjacent Khufu pyramid by virtue of its more elevated location, and the steeper angle of inclination of its construction — it is, in fact, smaller in both height and volume.
However, the Fifth Dynasty pharaoh Userkhaf initiated reforms that weakened both the Pharaoh and central government. His reign was followed by a period of intermittent civil war as a result of the reforms and the strain put on the treasury by the building works of the previous dynasty. There was widespread famine caused by the civil wars and by a period of cooling in the area which reduced and occassionally eliminated the Nile flooding on which their food supplies depended. Central authority crumbled and power returned to local monarchs.
The Pompei Pillar with height of 28 meter and diameter of 3 meters, made from polished red granite was brought from Upper Egypt, over 900km across the Nile! Don't ask me how they lugged this structure....nobody has figured it out yet.
They mastered the art of mummification to ensure a safe passage to the afterlife. 5000 years later they were still not decomposed and at a glance, you could imagine the feature of each mummy. That was how good they were in preserving the body.
With all those achievements, one would expect a lot out of the country. I did and the past lived up to my expectation, unfortunately I cannot say the same thing about the present state of the country.