Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kapitan + Kayu = Burrrps.

We arrived at Penang around 4.00pm yesterday afternoon. Without delay we headed straight the event venue and set up the booth. What's next?

MAKAN.

My colleagues had heard about the soft and fragrant naan bread at Kapitan Restaurant and wanted to try out. Josh ikut je. I had Cheese Naan, while others had Plain Naan. Indeed, it's soft and mouth-watering. The gravy was SUPERB! Fish curry, beef curry, vegie curry, mutton curry, you name it we tried it all. Again, SUPERB! That's our 'tea break', mind you.

We checked in to Vistana Hotel, took a shower, and had some rest. What's next?

MAKAN.


We went to the famous Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar Restaurant. We ordered curry chicken, fried squids, vegie and some gravy. Again, the curry was SUPERB!

Burrrpss... satisfying. By now you should know that I'm a curry lover! hehee.

More to come.

p/s I love Vistana. Cheap, comfortable and they provide FREE internet access in their room!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Off To Penang

By the time this entry is published, I'm already on my way to Penang. It's not holiday but work. Will be there till Sunday evening. You can meet me at PISA Penang if you're interested :-)

Gonna meet some interesting friends and bloggers in Penang. So excited.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kak Lin Come And Go

Still remember Kak Lin my ex-colleague who's pursuing her PhD in Cambridge? She was back her a few days ago, and will be going off tomorrow. And yes, Abg John (Kak Lin's supervisor and mentor) was here too.

They were actually on their way to Hong Kong for conference and meeting, and dropped by in Malaysia. So sweet of them of drop by at our office and say hi.

They visited us in the name of friendship, and collaboration in research of course. Now that Kak Lin is not attached to any institution, she will be able to choose which one she want to join when she got back. The thing is, the institution I'm working with now don't even appreciate and value such talent. Many good people with great potential and ability were marginilized, and had left. Hm..... I might do the same.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tenkiu Biskut

I woke up and went off to office early today. My wife was puzzled, and I explained that it's raining heavily and I got to leave early to avoid the jam.

Alas, I was still caught (or trapped) in massive jam. The radio was on, and news upon news of road accidents were reported almost everywhere: Kajang Silk, LDP, MRR2, Batu Tiga, Serdang... u name it. Instead of reaching my office around 8.10am like any other day, i arrived at 10am today. Huwaaaaa.........

Caught in the jam as the car inched slowly, I'm grateful that I got my can-go-online-anytime iPhone with me. I checked my emails, read a few blogs, and even FB-ing a bit. Then I got hungry.... aiyoo.............

Thanks to my darling wife, I got some individually packed Almond cookies in my bag. My wife had put them in last night. Macam tau je Josh tak sempat breakfast. hehehe.

Tapi kalo makan biskut je maner cukup kenyang, kaaan? So as soon as I reached my office, I made myself a cup of neslo (Nescafe + Milo). Baru rasa puas. Nevertheless, thanks to the cookies, I survived. hahaha..

Tenkiu Biskutttt.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2-2-2

The date of my wife's birthday is so easy to be remembered. It's 2-2-2, 22nd of February. We didn't plan a thing for the birthday, but our friends and relatives popped in and gave her a surprise.

Our church friends, also our neighbour, pressed our door bell at around 11pm on 21st Feb, and gave my wife a surprise. We were cuddling together watching a cartoon movie by then. Yah, very romantic. hahaha...Mrs. Wan baked her a beautiful (and very tasty!) marble cheesecake.

Little Jesse insisted to assist my wife to cut the cake. Hence, he was in my wife's arms during the cake cutting, instead of my wife in my arms. I was jealous. Hahahaha

On 22nd Feb afternoon, we received a call from our niece. They want to drop by to celebrate my wife's birthday. And there they came with two large pizzas.


In return, my wife cooked them a sumptuous and 'hottifying' seafood tomyam soup, while the children have the mushroom seafood soup.

I didn't spend a single cent for my wife's birthday. Ooooops ... ;-P

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lafan Ringket

Finally, I had my hair cut at my usual barber last Saturday morning. The whole ' grass cutting ceremony' had taken me only 15 minutes.

Introducing my India mari barber. He speaks minimal Bahasa Malaysia, and can't speak English. My instruction was simple: 'potong, macam itu' while motioning the cutting action and point at a poster of various hair style. He geleng-geleng his head a bit and starts his work.

Tapi kan... tapi kan.... (sambil telan air liur...).. masa dia tengah cukur-cukur dan 'touch-up'... mata dia kejap pandang rambut saya, kejap pandang tv yang tengah ada adengan 'dushuuum! dushuuumm!. Aiyoooo.... wa manyak lisau itu pisau cukur kerat wa punya kapala ooo.... terus Josh sound dia... tersipu-sipu dia kejap, terus siapkan kerja dia.. Phewww.......

After 15 minutes, he took a mirror to show the hair cut and asked "OK?". I nodded.

"Berapa" (hahaha... dah tau harga, tapi tetap nak tanya sebab suka dengar jawapan dia...)

"Lafan Ringket".

The result? Wonderful. I like.


So, apa macam?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Time to Potong Rumput

With the humid and hot weather, the 'rumput' on top of my head had caused me must discomfort. On any hot day I would sweat profusely and sweat would flow down across my face, literally. My last hair cut was two months ago. With those long hair, I look more like a boy-boy which i doesn't suit to my age, I think.

So, it's time to 'potong rumput'. But the heavy and tight schedule had refrained me from doing so.

So, by hook or by crook, I got to have them cut by this weekend. I need to maintain my 'cute' look. hahahaha

As usual, i'll frequent the 'lafan ringket' indian barber shop. Wait and c the result ya.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How To Reduce Expenses.

In time like this, many would try their best to reduce their expenses and to cut cost. I do. For an instant, we (some colleagues and I) would think of ways to reduce our expenses on food. The result can be exciting, really. One may think that going to a fancy restaurant would cost you more then going to an ordinary nasi campur stall. NOT QUITE!

Here are some of our tips:

Tips 1: Identify restaurants which provide large portion for single order, or offer breakfast/lunch sets. Dine in those restaurants by ordering sets to be shared by few people.
For example, order two sets to be shared by three. We always do this when we go to Pizza Hut, ended up everyone paying a mere RM6.50 for a sumptuous pizza lunch.
Another example, order two lunch sets at Asiari (they serve huge portion for sets) , to be shared by three person, or four, if your appetite is small.


Tips 2: Go for lunch before you get really, really hungry. Because once you get hungry, you tends to order/take more food.

Tips 3: ALWAYS go for lunch with ladies with small appetite. Why??
Erm... you order 2 sets for three person, and you ended up having most of the food while paying equal among three. BERBALOI.. hehehehehehe
For example, last week we went to Asiari, the three ladies ordered 2 sets to be shared. I refused to share because i was hungry and I ordered my own set. In the end, they can't finish theirs, and i got the 'help' them finish up. Hmm.... regretted, should have share with them to save my expenses.. Hahahahahahaha.......


Psst.... if you are a big eater, no one would want to share the food with you.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Who Said Girls Can't Give Flowers To Guys?

My Valentine's day last Saturday was rather unique. We didn't plan anything, nor celebrate it extravagantly. Instead, we bought gift for each other.

Guess what, my wife gave me FLOWERS! Potted flowers to be exact. Two pots of beautiful yellow daisy and a pot of ornamental palm to my delight.



Indeed the flowers were beautiful, especially when the morning ray shines upon them. I love them! As for my wife, she got a watch from me. And our Valentines dinner was together with my mother in law.

Now, who said girls can't give flowers to guys???

Friday, February 13, 2009

I Slide My Curtain, And I Smile With Joy

After loosing our factory to the fire and the huge amount of money that we'd invested in it, we had been busy trying to recover and start from zero again. Time seems to fly so fast that we can only accomplish so little in a day, eager to do more and try harder the next day.

One beautiful morning as I woke up and went downstair, the living room seems to be devoid of life. Probably because there's little light penetrating through the curtain. I neared the window and slowly slide the curtain to a side.

But something moving caught my attention and I stopped. Something that brought joy to me. In an instant, i was in a complete standstill, admiring the little graceful creature doing it's business.

It's a bird, building a nest on the palm three beside my window. It;s only about a feet away from the window. I quickly took out my DSLR, assembled the zoom lens and talking photos from afar, fearing that i might scared it off.

As graceful and chirpy a bird can be, this bird had made my day. And this had reminded me that we don't have to worry too much about tomorrow, for God will provide if we have faith in Him. God take care of the birds and the flowers, what less would God do to us?


I showed my wife the photos that I'd taken, and she was equally excited too. Now, we keep the curtain closed everyday, and would peep through the curtain to check this beautiful bird out. As much as we yearn for a child, we're looking forward to see the bird to have it's companion, and to lay an egg or too.

As I write this entry, one particular song lingers in my mind: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. Yah, Don't worry about tomorrow. Oooo...Oooo....Ooo....oooo........ (start singing)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Don't Marginalize Them

What bring more joy then spending time with those who need care and love during festive season? I'm not talking about orphanages or old folks homes. Last week my wife and I decided to spend a meaningful evening with a bunch of ex-drug-addicts.

My wife made some puddings, I ordered two barrels of KFC and 4 large pizzas, and off we went to the rehab centre together with a few church members. The yummy goodies had definitely brought much joy to the inmates and us alike.

We got to know each other, spent time chatting with them and cared for their emotional needs.

We had even sang a few songs of praises together, and played some funny but enjoyable games. It was a great way to break the ice.



They may be drug addicts, but they are under recovery and rehabilitation. These people need a lot of encouragement and care. Probably those were the things that were lacking in their life when they got hooked to the drugs. People tried to marginalize them, some to the extend of refusing them job after they had gone through rehab. In the end, many of them were jobless, and got hooked up to the drugs again. Sad isn't it?

However, these bunch of friends in this particular rehab are different. They were taught and equipped with new skills during their rehab program. Many of them got graduated, and were able to survive using the skills they'd learnt.

We were glad to be able to spend time with these brothers. The gathering had opened up our eyes and had better understanding about their problems and emotional struggles. So friends, don't marginalize them. Care for them instead.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hari Tag Sedunia (Again)

Quite a number of fellow bloggers tagged me. But I decided to answer only two. One by the cute ArnabGumuk, and the other the handsome Anak Jawa (well, it's an award actually, tenkiuuuu cikgu AJ)

ArnabGumuk's Tag:

RULES:
~ Bold the statements that are true for you. Italicise the statements that you wish are true. Leave the fibs alone. Then, tag 5 people to do the same test~

I miss somebody right now.
I love vacation
I bake a cake.
I do not watch TV these days.
I wear glasses or contact lenses.
I love to play video games.
I am married.
I have tried marijuana.
I still love with my ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.
I have been in a threesome.
I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I have changed mentally over the last year.
I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
I curse.
I’m totally smart.
I’ve broken someone’s bones.
I’m paranoid sometimes.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
I need money right now.
I love sushi.
I talk really, really fast.
I am a millionaire.
I have long hair.
I have lost money in Las Vegas.
I have at least one sibling.
I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past.
I couldn’t survive without Caller ID.
I like the way I look.
I am usually pessimistic.
I have a lot of mood swings.
I have a hidden talent.
I have a lot of friends.
I am currently single.
I have pecked someone of the same sex.
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
I love to shop.
Enjoy window shopping.
I would rather shop than eat.
I don't hate anyone.
I am a pretty good dancer.
I love sex.
I have a cell phone.
I believe in God.
I watch MTV on a daily basis.
I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months.
I’ve rejected someone before.
I want to have children in the future.
I have changed a diaper before.
I’ve called the cops on a friend before.
I am not allergic to anything.
I have a lot to learn.
I’m shy around members of the opposite sex.
I have made a move on a friend’s significant other or crush in the past.
I have tried alcohol before.
I own the South Park movie.
I would die for my best friend.
I love to chat (YM/MSN/etc..)
I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza.
I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all.
Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.
I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it.
I am happy at this moment.
I’m obsessed with girls.
I’m obsessed with boys.
I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I’ve ever met.
I study for tests most of the time.
I am comfortable with who I am right now.
I have more than just my ears pierced.
I walk barefoot wherever I can.
I have jumped off a bridge.
I love sea turtles.
I spend ridiculous money on makeup.
Plan on achieving a major goal/dream.
I’m proficient in a musical instrument.
I worked at McDonald’s restaurant.
I hate office jobs.
I love sci-fi movies.
I went college out of state.
I like sausages.
I love kisses.
I fall for the worst people.
I can’t live without black eyeliner.
I don’t know why the hell I just did this stupid thing.
I usually like covers better than originals.
I can move my tongue in waves, much like a snake’s slither.
I have ridden/owned a horse.
I still have every journal I’ve written in.
I can’t stick to a diet. I talk in my sleep.
I wear a toe ring.
I can’t stand at LEAST one person that I work with.
I am a caffeine junkie.
I have kids.
I feel sad sometimes.
I’m an artist.
I only clean my room when necessary.
I am an adrenaline junkie.
I love being happy.
I am on diet.

Erm.... Josh taknak tag orang. 



Anak Jawa's Tag:


1. Copy Badge Cute Blogger Award untuk diletakkan di blog anda.
Dah, letak kat tepi.

2. Link atau ceritakan kembali siapa yg memberikan award ini kepada anda.
Anak Jawa a.k.a AJ a.k.a Zam bagi award ni. Tenkiuuu. I have not met AJ personally, almost met him for Kajang satay last week but sudden change in his travel plan refrained us to do so. I think AJ is a very friendly and approachable guy (and someone attested to it, he IS friendly and nice).


3. Penyampai anugerah
Isn't this a repetition of no. 2??

4. Setiap blogger hendaklah menyatakan 10 fakta/hobi diri sendiri sebelum memberikan anugerah ini kepada pemenang seterusnya.
Erm...... (scratching my head trying to figure out something)

1. A pure Chinese but had always been mistaken as Malay or mixed blood.
2. The youngest in the family of 7 siblings.
3. My passion towards conservation of genetic resources is getting strong each day.
4. Used to be shy and introvert. But now it's a 180 degree change.
5. For sport, i love swimming and playing tennis. Used to swim 3 km per day and played for the college. But had abandoned them for years. 
6. I used to be good in wood carving and other art work. Had not practice them for years.
7. People said I'm good in flower arrangement (caya ke?)
8. I love photography, and planning to buy a new DSLR, soon.
9. Believe it or not, my relatives and friends says that I bake the best butter cookies in town.
10. I am cute, can't help it ;-P (dah tak tau nak tulis apa sebenarnyer).

5. Akan aku berikan anugerah ini kepada :-
.................... ramai dah dapat. 


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The True Colours of Our Bomba

The Bomba or our Fire Brigade, shows their true colours during the incident of our factory burn-down. Some how I have this strong urge to 'share' this with my blog readers.

(Referring to the incident we'd experienced)

True Colour No. 1 : THEY ARE VERY SLOW
When the fire was noticed by some nearby residents, a report was lodged. But the not-far-away Fire Department took almost ONE HOUR to reach the site. The newspaper reports indicating that they'd reached the place within 10 minutes was a total TAHI LEMBU JANTAN (please translate to English). Upon reaching the factories, their slow action had ignite anger among the residents and factory owners likewise. They took the hose slowly, assembled their equipments using their own sweet time, and walked to the site as if they were taking their evening stroll with their loved one.

In anger and desperation, someone shouted to the fire brigade, "Encik, boleh cepat sikit kah? Api sudah mau sampai sana!" while pointing at the other end of the building.

The answer from the fire brigades was SHOCKING.... "Lu apa takut, lu ada insurance cover maaa!"

The words from the mouth of these fire brigades had made the residents speechless...

Millions of ringgit could be saved if they act fast. Sadly, their professionalism was clearly absent.

True Colour No. 2: KASI DUIT KALO MAU CEPAT
As investigations had to be carried out to find the culprit/source of the fire, the fire department will have to spend hours investigating the fire site. Some of the factory owner gave (read BRIBE) them some money, to 'help' them to carry out the investigation efficiently.

One of the factory's ruin re-ignite and was on fire the next morning. A phone call was made to summon the fire department to the site again. And guess what, they reached the place within 10 minutes! VERY EFFICIENT!

See, the 'gifts' offered by the owners does make a difference!

I would share more if I could, but I couldn't. Writing this makes me sick.