Not So Deprived After All

September 9, 2008

This is a story of how a Mak Cik Indon saved my day and made me feel less miserable. I was complaining a lot recently, mainly about how deprived I am in UTP; deprived of food, deprived of Internet connection, deprived of fun. I thought that I was living less of my life when I’m back here. I thought that life in UTP is so depressing.

Then, on the way to class on Friday afternoon with Diane, we saw a Mak Cik, hanging from the roof of the shaded path to Pocket D, with her legs trying to juggle and balance a ladder. We couldn’t understand what we were seeing till she shouted “Tolong! Tolong!”. Only then we knew that she was in danger; her ladder was falling out of position and she was hanging on to her life. Only then we knew we had to help her put her ladder back into position and help her down from the roof. So we rushed there and supported the ladder and helped her come down from the roof. She was in shock. She was actually painting the roof of the shade when the ladder went out of balance and there she was, hanging on to the roof with both her hands. If she slip, she would have fallen into the drain and suffered serious injuries. She was not wearing any helmet or any safety gear.

The Mak Cik was deprived of her own safety, working in that condition. She said she requested to be given another task as she was short and it was dangerous for her to paint the roof. Her supervisor rejected her request. If a taller man was doing the painting, he could have just jumped down easily if his ladder fell out of position. A jump like that is too high for that Mak Cik.

I am certainly deprived of the luxuries I should have, being stuck here in UTP. As bad as it seems, I am fortunate enough not to be deprived of my own safety. This struck me and I began to see how good my life is, has been and hopefully, will be. We often forget how lucky we are to be what we are, where we are and how we are. Seeing the Mak Cik hanging on to her life, I realised, life is not so bad after all. I went back home last weekend to get over my emo-ness and I am back to normal now. I don’t know when I will have these sad thoughts again but I will try to remember the Mak Cik then. =)

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Crowded KL

August 1, 2008

I am very tired now but I still want to blog about today before I forget. And yes, KL is crowded.

Let’s see, today is the first time I went down to KL without him to fetch me from the toll plaza, after a very very long time. I never had to worry about taking public transport or knowing all the different trains and their routes around KL. I felt like a tourist, haha. I was grateful I had Chris to take me to KLCC and You Zhuan, to all other places. Thanks girl for coming all the way down to save me, a Damsel in Distress! (Ya, that’s what I am, a DID!)

Oh, let me talk about the trains. On one train, I saw this advertisement by KFC.

“Why do you want to stand in a crowded train when you can sit in to a hearty KFC breakfast?”

My, I felt sooo insulted! Haha. Do you really think I want to take the train if I had any other choice??! Of course I would like to sit in to a hearty KFC breakfast instead of standing in a crowded train but since KFC insulted me, I don’t think I want to sit in to a hearty KFC breakfast anymore. Please do consider how your potential KFC breakfast customers would feel la before you put that up.

The crowd on my way back to You Zhuan’s place, my goodness! Why are there so many people in the world? Why are there so many people in the world who need trains? Okay okay, I sound super jakun here so let’s move on to happier things, like shopping and food. Haha.

I got myself one blouse, one T-shirt and a new purse. Yeah! I’m happy with my purchases, or so-called, investments! Gosh, I sound like Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic.

As for dinner, me and You Zhuan decided to try something totally new and we ended up in The Apartment in KLCC. It was a very cosy place and the food was heavenly! You Zhuan ordered Chicken and Mushroom Pasta while I ordered Green Chicken Curry and together, we shared a slice of Bailey’s Cheesecake. They were all oh-so-delicious! Maybe we were very hungry la, that’s why they tasted so very nice but I would definitely recommend their Bailey’s Cheesecake! Mmmmmm~~~ The one thing I really liked about the interior decor of the place were the book shelves!

Luckily I brought my camera along. Took some pictures at the entrance of Petronas Philharmonic Hall and The Apartment. Hehe.

 Petronas Philharmonic Hall

 Petronas Philharmonic Hall

The Apartment

Interior

More interior..

Books..

Books..

 More Books..

And even encyclopedias!

 

 Bailey’s Cheesecake!

 YZ’s Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

 SN’s Green Chicken Curry

The Apartment does look like one cosy, comfortable apartment, doesn’t it? They even had a bed for tired customers to sleep on. No, I’m just making up the allowed-to-sleep-on-the-bed thing.

Gotta sleep now! Goodnight! Coffee Bean Breakfast is on the menu tomorrow! Yay! =)

 

 

Time Will Tell

July 31, 2008

How do you answer if someone asks you, “Is he/she the one for you?”

Maybe I’ve been getting a lot of this lately and I’ve been doing some thinking. Hehe. Well, people who care go through lengths to determine whether the guys/girls in front of them are the one for them. Some would set requirements in their “checklist”, some pray for signs, while others would ask people closest to them, friends and family alike. So how do we exactly know? We all fall in love, sometimes with the wrong people, sometimes with the right people. And, the right people will remain right until we find something wrong with them. That’s when we will all say, “why didn’t I see that coming? I should have!”.

So I guess, the one for you is not only determined by what he/she has got inside, – character, thinking and midset, interests, hobbies and passions – , but also how much of yourself you can be in front of that person, how much he/she inspires you to be all that you can be, how much of things both of you can go through together and still remain very much in love. We all grow up, and as we grow, our priorities and thinking may be different from the time we met our boyfriends/girlfriends. The one for you should also be able to accept these changes throughout the phases of your life. Sometimes, we may be unfortunate to find gaps between us and our second halfs as we develop and that’s when we need to decide whether those differences are acceptable or not. Those are crucial times, I should say. Hehe.

Screening the guy/girl in front of you is just preliminary, it doesn’t decide the one for you but it does improve the chances of you meeting THE ONE. Hehe. Beyond that, we all need that person who can be with us though everything, who is able to grow up with us, through all the different stages of our lives.

Back to the question, I think the best answer is, “Time will tell. Hopefully, he/she is.” =)

That’s so you, UTP!

July 24, 2008

This is my first post from UTP. I am back in this ulu, deserted, desert-like place.

Before I came back to UTP, I kept wondering to myself, how will life back in UTP be like? See, I have been away for such a long time, eight months to be precise, doing my internship in Penang and having all the fun I had as if to compensate for 4 years of quite-mundane life in a lonely town called Tronoh. So, I was afraid that I will not be able to like UTP (not that I really liked the life here before), let alone live here for the coming year.

All wasn’t that bad actually, in fact, everything seemed very familiar. The moment that cat greeted me on the walkway when I wanted to see my new room for the first time, I knew I am back. Cats are abundant here. Cat lovers, you will love it here in UTP. Haha. Apart from cats, insects are also making their presence felt. Students studying Biology can easily all get specimens they need here. Yesterday, Melissa literally cut off the head of an innocent cockroach! The buildings look the same too, I mean, how much can they change anyway? Haha. The best thing is, the orientation of my new room is the same as my old room; we still face the cafe, I still sleep on the left, Melissa still sleeps on the right. Cars still outnumber the available parking lots, the Mak Guards and Pak Guards still check for your matric cards and the food here still sucks. Don’t blame me for not liking the food, I was spoilt in Penang!

Not much have changed since I left UTP eight months ago except that there are so many so many new faces, a couple of new roads and the fact that I can’t remember all the shortcuts to my destinations anymore.

Welcome back (to myself and my batchmates and everyone else)!

Sleeping keeps me happy!

July 18, 2008

I just woke up and I’m happy! Sleeping keeps me happy! But it also has something to do with the dreams that came to me. =)

I dreamt that I was on vacation! In some place like India; the place was just full of Indians. And I was running around, enjoying the breeze! People were merry and happy! And I felt love! And someone actually asked me to swim with him! Wahaha. And I decided to blog about it, just to take advantage of the nice Internet connection before I go back to UTP. Haha.

The reason I actually went to sleep was to escape from doing my final internship report. I was sulky for being careless. I just realised, the latest soft copy of my report is in my computer in Intel. I couldn’t find it in my lappie or in my thumbie. I guess I must have forgotten to save it. =( Now, I have to retype missing pages in the copy I have. Luckily, my manager returned me the hard copy of my draft, along with some corrections and remarks. So kind of him to do so. Hehe. And now, I can do my report more happily, after a nice nice sleep. Hihi.

Anyway, I have read about the goodness of sleep in a few articles in Reader’s Digest. In short, sleeping makes you happy, maintains your slim figure and keeps you smart. Sleeping helps your brain consolidate data, so you can remember things more orderly and think more clearly and make better decisions, and reduces your stress level which keeps you slim and happy. Stress hormone makes you want to eat more and sad. So, get some sleep today! And be happy!

PDC Cup 2008

July 17, 2008

Okay, my first story after such a longggg time. Haha. It’s gonna be a long post. So PDC Cup is where I had my first badminton competition. My, it was such an experience! My conclusion: playing in a competition is soooo different from playing in casual games. Haha. It was quite difficult for me the first few days of the competition when my teammates were discussing strategies and plans. I found all the discussions to be very confusing. It was like, my teammates knew the strengths and weaknesses of each player in the opponent’s team, and me, being a newbie in PDC, knew no one. It was pretty hard to keep up with them when they were discussing. Haha. And afterwards, in the real game, I had to learn how to play with a plan and not just return the shuttle to the other side of the court. Sometimes, too many plannings in mind hampered my ability to think on the spot. Haha. Well, all these sure trained my mind to think faster and be more analytical. Hehe.

Here’s a chronology of the competition:

Day 1: I did not play and was put as a reserve player. There were 5 girls in my team and we only needed two pairs of ladies doubles. So I happily watched the games from the side. =) Okay, let me introduce the girls.

Lan Sin, whose backhand tap is her trademark move.

Woon Sin, the most keng girl player in our team.

 

Lee Yee, who decided to deploy this stop-sign strategy whenever she needs time to think. She’s so cute, who wouldn’t pause a while for her?? =p

Suk Han, who serves with style.

And ME! (who tried to serve with style)

Day 2: Lan Sin got injured while warming up and so, I was to play. She was injured for the rest of the competition and I played throughout the competition. SanNien-WoonSin played against YuenNah-partner and SanNien-WoonSin lost. Yuen Nah is a former state player I heard. Not too bad la, lost to a former state player. Haha.

Day 3: Captain decided to put me with Suk Han. SanNien-SukHan played like they never trained together before. There were lots of confusion and a lot of misses and mistakes. SanNien-SukHan lost. They went back home sad and disappointed. =( (Haha, so dramatic)

Day 4: Team decided that San Nien should be paired up with Woon Sin. San Nien was afraid to repeat her mistakes again and went earlier to warm up properly. SanNien-WoonSin won. They (or maybe just San Nien) were (was) elated. LD Team made it to the finals! Yeah! First time in the history of PDC Cup.

I look so tanned beside her.

Day 5: SanNien-WoonSin trashed opponent 21-2. Wahahaha. We all played very well but PP was a stronger team. We were already happy with the fact that we made it to the finals. Try again next year!

Haha, why is the event chronology all about San Nien? It’s because I kinda forgot who won and who lost specifically, for each day. But, I do remember this – Chee Yang lost in all the games that he played.

And he gained most popularity out of all the guys in my team because of his face. Is he really the most handsome one in my team? Haha. (Please win at least one game next year okay? =p)

 There are some other guys that deserve mentions here.

Firstly, my captain, J-Wing.

Captain J in action.

Chun Jern, who does not need to look where he’ll be placing his shuttle.

 There’s a reason why Thiam Ern (left) needs to share the limelight with Yuen Nah (right). Thank you Thiam Ern for willing to emulate Yuen Nah in our trainings! (Do you see any resemblance between Thiam Ern and Yuen Nah? He’s the closest we can get to Yuen Nah. Haha.)

Yuet Sheng, who is always there (thanks!) and whose height is very funny to Debbie.

To other guys, you were all great as well! I’m sorry I don’t have everyone’s picture with me. =)

Some action shots of me below. I know you would love to see how I look when I’m playing. Haha. =p

So happy to see the shuttle in my parther’s hand.

Sempat lagi pose while playing. Haha.

Then we all had a farewell lunch for me, Yuet Sheng and Chin Chong, as we are going back to our own universities. We, interns, were treated to seafood platters in Manhattan Fish Market. Haha. Thank you my dear teammates, for paying my lunch! Haha. I ate a lot, Woon Sin too. Both of us kept eating and eating and had everyone staring at us in disbelief. Great job Woon Sin! =p

Apart from eating, I had stomach cramps from laughing too much as well, thanks to most memorably, Su and Thiam Ern! It was really nice, everybody just chilling out and having lunch together. Hehe.

The GIRLS: (from left) me, Lee Yee, Woon Sin, Lan Sin and Suk Han.

The GUYS: (standing, from left) Chee Yang, Yuet Sheng, Thiam Erm, (seated, from left) Chin Chong, Captain J, Chun Jern, Su.

Wow, this is a pretty long post! As I bade farewell to all of them, I wonder if I’ll go back to Intel and play for LD team again. Chee Yang just sent me a msg on MSN, asking me to go back to PDC next year. He said they are short of players. Captain J said, look for him if I want a job in Intel. Haha. Thanks thanks! We shall see what happens in the coming year! All the best to all of you! And, don’t miss me too much, okay? =)

I can go out of Malaysia!

July 17, 2008

Hahaha, I know I may sound very jakun but I just got my passport! Haha. I haven’t been to any other country except for Thailand and coming from Kedah, I only a border pass to go to Thailand. So, kinda understandable that I just got my passport, right? Haha.

Ah Fai Tai Kor, Pei Chie, we can start planning our Bali-or-Phuket trip! I purposely get a passport ready so that I can go anytime you know? Muahaha. I’m sure you guys are now enjoying yourselves in Italy and please come back with stuffs for me! =p I’ll wait for my turn to go to Europe. Hehe. =)

I haven’t been posting here for a very long time. I have lots of stories to tell and pictures to post, so hang on there! More stories and pictures coming! =)

How the World Has Changed

June 8, 2008

Poh Kiat came for a business trip last Friday and we went to Noodle Station for dinner.

Wai Lun was Teh Tarik Man for the night just because his receipt said so.

But, that was not the highlight of the night.

A group of aunties in their mid-30s were seated beside us and I could hear them discussing about Facebook! They were aunties with kids already! They were exchanging Facebook tips like how to create a private album, how to upload pictures and even how to post comments and write on walls! Fuh! Canggih!

Then I recalled how mothers of some of my friends found their Friendster or Facebook profile or even their blog just by searching on the Internet. And we actually thought that the Internet is a zone free of parental control. How wrong we were! Mums do exert parental control on our profiles and blogs now! Some of them post unwanted comments and we cannot delete them, some even tell us what we should or shouldn’t blog about. The surprising thing is, from my experience, only Mums do these stuffs. Dads are usually more liberal, huh? Sorry Mummy, if you would have to read this. Haha. Luckily, I have a Mum who does not interfere and who allows me Internet freedom. It comes with years of trust-building, you know. Haha.

Just a few years ago, people their age would say, “How the world has changed, kids nowadays are so Internet-savvy.” Now, I could hear myself saying, “How the world has changed, aunties nowadays are so Internet-savvy.”

How the world has changed.

Something’s Wrong

June 4, 2008

Something’s wrong or maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really see the point in lining up for a few hours just to get the petrol tank filled up and save a couple of ringgit. I mean, how much money can you save? The moment you rev your engines tomorrow, it’s gone. Let’s take the worst case, RM50. There are a lot of ways to compensate that 50 bucks instead of wasting 2-3 hours waiting for your turn to fill your tank. Maybe you should start reducing your air-conditioner and heater usage (electricity bill, get it?), maybe you should start pampering your taste buds less (cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, ring a bell?), maybe you should stop buying unnecessary stuffs (that extra pair of shoes, oops, sounds like me, =p) or maybe you just start to be more thrifty and watch where you spend your money. As a student, maybe I should really be in the queue now, but then I calculated, I will save RM10, the most. RM10 for 3hours just sitting in the car, no way for me. I always believe, money comes and goes by the way you handle it, and I, for one, won’t waste my time just to fill my petrol tank.

It’s now 11pm, I have showered, after my yoga lesson, feeling healthy and contented with my efforts to stay healthy and live life to the fullest, and my housemates aren’t back from the fill-up-your-car-by-12am-tonight madness. Maybe I should stop blogging now, because if they read, they may get offended by this post. Haha. Yet, RM50 may mean a lot to people. But then again, I can’t help but to remind people that there are so many ways you can compensate that RM50! Just spend your money wisely.

Penang folks are braving the storm and massive traffic jam to get to Shell, Mobil, Petronas or Caltex. It’s kinda sick.

The rain and thunder and lightning and all the petrol madness, they are making me feel that something wrong is going to happen. It feels like a bad omen. Maybe I’m just being moody. Maybe something’s really wrong with the world, people being so attached to money they forget more important aspects of life, like, time.

p/s: There are lots of “maybe”s in this post, maybe you should start counting them.

Kevin and Alan were here!

June 1, 2008

It was definitely a weekend filled with fun, laughter, catching-ups and surprises! Surprises include how an Ah Beng managed to save the day, against all odds, and how Alan was discovered in the jungles of Penang, having been trapped there for what seem to look like an eternity, judging from his inability to keep a proper straight face and smile for the camera, let alone pose! Kevin has got a detailed story of this heroic Ah Beng and a great account of the rescue of A.L.A.N. by the Great Four – Kevin, Chun Yan, Chris and Wai Lun -, so, please go and read about his Escape to Penang Island.. Trust me, you will be very entertained!

Kevin and Alan came on Friday evening and visited us, Cubics, in Intel and Altera. We (Kevin and Alan and Cubics from Intel) unexpectedly barged into a jamming session in Altera and Kevin was the ever-honoured guest guitarist, playing a few songs as requested by the Cubics in Altera. Then we headed for a quick dinner at McDonalds, where Kevin couldn’t seem to eat his Mc Chicken like how he used to, and then for Indiana Jones, and then to N-Park and then to bed.

Starting our Saturday with Hokkien Mee in Jelutong, we had a great deal of fun in Penang Hill and Fort Cornwallis.

Arrival at Penang Hill

 Arrival at Penang Hill, this time trying to pose

Debbie had a thing for walls that Saturday, I got roped in. Luckily we did not do the kiss-the-wall pose.

Took pictures in the gallery while waiting for the train.

“In This Club” would be the perfect background music

Kevin is able to hold the camera even while sleeping

I had two guys to sleep with.

The view was nice and the air was cool at the top.

View from top, it is on these train tracks that an Ah Beng finally saved the faces (or asses) of all Malaysians!

Kek Lok Si is visible on top of Penang Hill

Along the way, me and Kev wanted to create some romantic scenes and here are some of our attempts.

Our first attempt that failed miserably

Our second attempt, which could have been much better. A.L.A.N. just had to spoil the romance that was going on.

Happily being spotted by Kev

Happily spotting Kev, Kev is controlling his “cool”, cheh…

Debbie also had a thing for leaves and trees that day.

Debbie’s masterpiece of the day

My masterpiece of the day

Grasshoppers selling for RM1 each, haven’t seen these for a long time.

There’s an Indian temple and a mosque up the hill, along with some cannons to make it historical.

To war with the cannons! The air smells really good, Kev.

We went up on the canopy walkway against Debbie’s pleadings, “scary ah~ scary ah~” and “Si Fiu, don’t come near me!!!!“. Ask Si Fiu why.

Canopy walkway

Beautiful houses lined the road to the canopy walkway. We stopped to take pictures with the most beautiful one of all. And this picture looks like we’re already up in heaven.

Knocking on heaven’s door

After some Air Itam Laksa and Penang Road Cendol, we headed to Fort Cornwallis. Yes, we made it back to Fort Cornwallis!

Zig-zag pose, according to Deb

Surrender to me!

Kevin, Chris, A.L.A.N. and Si Fiu went up this lighthouse, I’m gonna try it some other time.

Wild horses in Fort Cornwallis

A visit to Fort Cornwallis wouldn’t be complete without a picture of its huge cannons so here it is.

Iconic

I could not spend the rest of the night and Sunday with the rest because I had to attend my cousin’s wedding. That night, we had a pillow talk after I came back from my cousin’s place. Sorry Kev, for not letting you to go to sleep. Hehe. I haven’t seen you for a long time ma~. After the weekend, Kevin and I talked through e-mails and we agreed that we haven’t had hearty laughs and talks like we had during the weekend for a long long time. It was indeed a great, great weekend! =)

p/s: I think Kev’s post is much more accurate, along with all the hilarious stories that I think would not be as nice if I repeat them here. Hehe. Go read Kev’s post even if you only know me and not know him!