Thursday, September 28, 2006

Bubur Lambuk

Even though I grew up in a predominantly Muslim community in Alor Star, I was never exposed to something which I only found out last year, through a popular Malaysian blog. Bubur Lambuk. Heck, what was that? the blogger mentioned how delicious his bowl of porridge was which he got free from the Masjid at Kg Baru during last year's fasting month.

And now that I'm working in a local bank, my emails have been beseiged with offers from people selling bubur lambuk. I then asked my Malay colleagues and they explained it was a broth that is cooked with rice, coconut, beef, intestines, prawns, chicken, vege, spices... the list seemed endless! This is usually cooked by mosques all over the country during the fasting month and is distributed free during the breaking of their fast.

Since my office is just beside a famous mosque, I have been tempted to sneak in and grab myself a bowl just to try this out. However, there are a few reasons for holding me back.

Firstly, I am a Chinese. Chinese do not normally step into mosques, especially when it is not for sight seeing. Secondly, I am a girl. Girls are required to wear headscarves and cover themselves when they enter mosques. Thirdly, my intention is to go in a grab food that is meant for those who have fasted the entire day.

I guess I would stick out like a sore thumb.

But I have been told, the most famous bubur lambuk is served at the Kampung Baru Mosque. I read somewhere on the internet that they have started selling bowls of it outside the mosque as part of a tourist attraction during Ramadhan. I may be curious enough to venture there for a RM2 bowl of what would be my first bowl of bubur lambuk.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


I recently found out that one of my uni mates was attacked just 3 months ago. He was about to get into his Mercedes at home when some Chinese men tried to steal his car. Now, this friend of mine is a self made businessman, around my age. I would assume that one of his first splurges was this car so it is not surprising he tried to put up a fight. He is also this tough macho guy slightly bordering gangster looking.

Anyway, the robbers slashed him with a parang and left him bleeding from his neck and arms after he shouted for help.

Today, I found out that my boss was ALSO robbed of his Merc last Friday at parang point. This time, he was fortunate enough that they told him they only wanted his car and he immediately gave up his keys to them. If I'm not mistaken, he just got home from work.

Then we've had several decomposed bodies found all over the nation, one of which is a teenage boy who was stuffed into a luggage clad only in his briefs and dumped at a construction site at a major intersection near my uncle's home in Damansara. This was allegedly a kidnap attempt gone wrong.

Another highly decomposed body was found, a lady whose wrists were tied behind her.

There was a kidnap attempt on a 14 year old kid in Subang last week while he was on his way home from school. The abductor is a company director who was heavily in debt due to his gambling. The kid was a random victim but thank goodness he was smart enough to escape.

It's horrific to read so many crimes happening here in the Klang Valley. Will it ever end?

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Recently, I was in the company of a mother who really really loves her daughter. Everything her daughter did was perfect, and even if she didn't, it would only be spoken about with a brush of laughter. In this mother's eyes, her daughter could take on the world.

Thank goodness, contrary to popular belief, the daughter is not spoilt. She takes it all in her stride and is completely down to earth, no fighting to prove to others that she's top dog. You can't help but to like her too.
In return, she thinks her Mum holds the solution to everything under the sun, from mosquito bites cures to nuclear fusion.

It is heart warming to see such a beautiful relationship. Perhaps this is normal to many mother-daughter relationships out there but I don't get to see it often. Usually, mothers demand perfection from their children and in the end, it stunts the child from growing confident in their abilities. In their obsession to appear "humble" in front of their friends, it is quite common to hear mothers say, "Oh, my child is not as clever as yours". Sad but true.

Of course, the rest of the family also plays an important part. How siblings encourage each other, how much they believe in each other.

Gee, this sounds corny but I really can see how this love can serve such a springboard to the child's future. Yes, yes, I knew all this in theory but having it displayed before my eyes really hits the truth home.

This posting must be the result of watching Akeelah and the Bee last night. Or that I'm going through some major PMS.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Time Crisis II

Ever since I started working, I have been playing this arcade game whenever I could. A game would cost around RM2 and you'd need to keep topping it up whenever your "life" has run out.

So today, after the brainstorming session, we headed to Berjaya Times Square and played Daytona. There were 7 of us including boss. It was such fun! But because I was already feeling slightly nauseous, I couldn't go beyond 3 games.

Instead, I invited my colleague to play Time Crisis II with me. I ended up using only RM7 (prices have dropped to just RM1 per game since they now have Time Crisis IV) and you know what? I FINISHED the game and emerged number 6 on the list of high scores! This is THE finalè to my near decade efforts.

I now do not have any reason to go into an arcade centre anymore except for Daytona. Perhaps I should start another quest, this time on Time Crisis III.

No More Steaks

At lunch today, I had a choice of having fried breaded fish with rice or a sirloin steak. Over the last few years, eating beef has left me feeling a bit ill as I start to have small burps every 20 seconds or so. Once this goes on for some time, I will feel nauseous. So far, I know of no cure for this burps.

Anyways, since I haven't had beef in such a long time, I decided to go for it. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good steak although I was eating at a posh and expensive restaurant. Not worth my feeling ill right now. If it had been a medium slab of tender steak, it would have been SO worth it.

My disappointment aside, I sadly come to the conclusion and will attempt to remember that I can not take beef anymore.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Dressing Myself

Tomorrow my department is supposed to have a brainstorming session at a hotel for the entire day. Each one of us is supposed to do a short presentation on our portfolios to the boss and this is rather a new thing for us.

But you know what is bothering me the most? The fact that the dress code is smart casual. Why? Because I'm wondering what on earth I should wear. Not just dressing but shoes. My only casual footwear is a pair of slippers which I trudged the muddy and poo-caked roads of Cambodia. I am one of those who hates shoe shopping as all the nice looking ones are heeled and uncomfortable.

I wear two pairs of boots to work, one a brown and the other a black to match the pants I wear every single day. To say that I would love to have a uniform to wear to work would define me to the T. But as Karen keeps wondering why I wear boots in such a weather, it's because I can brisk walk easily in one as compared to heels (I believe brisk walking deters snatch thieves) and I can wear socks so my feet won't stink my shoes to high heaven. And even when my feet sweats, it would be contained.

So back to what I am going to wear tomorrow, I still don't know. I have plenty of heels meant for dinners, I have a pair of sport shoes which won't fit the smart casual description and my poo encrusted sandals. And of course my two boots. After the brainstorming session, we're supposed to either go paint balling or go to the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park.

I can't believe I'm related to Karen, the fashion buyer expert. There isn't a drop of fashion sense in my blood. I'm happier sorting out the complications of the new office photocopier/printer/scanner/fax.

Office Politics: Apple Polishing - 101

This is something I have not (and sincerely doubt I ever will!) graduated in or wish to succeed in. To have experienced it for the first time in a major way, I must say it is quite shocking and I am repulsed towards the person who does it. My favourable opinions of this person has drastically dropped and I will never see this person the same again.

Sure, I have heard of it back in my old company but to have it applauded and evidenced in black and white is something else.

If this is the way to climb the corporate ladder, it sure is a sad way to go about it and I will only say the ladder will be a steep one for me. Then, so be it.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Round, Not Square

Oh ya, one thing I learnt over the weekend from my Mum-in-law. Chinese prefer having ROUND cakes instead of square ones. Apparently, roundness signifies completeness, no "corners" (or bumps as I interpret it) in life.

And all this while I have been making square cakes for their birthdays.

Now, I have to use my mathematical knowledge to find out what diameter tin I need to get to fit a cake that used to take up a 9" x 9" tin. Unfortunately, I have never thought the formulas I learnt in maths would be applicable one day. So is it pi x j squared or 2 x pi x j?

Size Does Matter

You know how I've mentioned that I've lost weight due to my purging recently? My hairdresser commented how slim I look and this morning, in a streak of vanity, I tried on my wedding cheong sam which I attempted to wear 6 months after for another function and screamed in horror because I looked like a lap cheong! I'll not go into details but you can imagine lah.

And the cheong sam fitted. Gasp! How do I maintain this? KS suggested I go Cambodia and get food poisoning again. Very funny.

Buying Behaviour

The deejays on a local radio were discussing about shopping behaviours and many ladies called in to say that if they spotted something they liked, they would not rest until they bought it, no matter if it is practical.

Most people I shop with almost always come away with a purchase and they, in turn, would be frustrated that I did not get anything even though we might be shopping for the entire day. Which is why I haven't really shopped for some time now, only when I urgently need to replace my pair of boots for work and that was some time in June. And I haven't shopped with any of my girlfriends for AGES because of my embarrassment of my indecision of buying the item which I really want in the first place.

For example, I know I've been talking about wanting to get a new handphone since my current one acts up every week or so, with it's blank screen. So I've identified a Sony Ericsson that I am keen on. Market price is RM830 and it is being phased out since it's an old model. What am I waiting for? I'm still weighing the pros and cons.

From an outsider point of view, I'd be telling myself, "Get it already and stop debating on whether it's THE phone for you. It's just a dang phone!". Ok, ok! Soon....

Thank goodness KS is used to my bad habit and ignores me.

I'm Cyclops!

You Are Cyclops

Dedicated and responsible, you will always remain loyal to your cause.
You are a commanding leader - after all, you can kill someone just by looking at them.

Power: force beams from your eyes
Which of the X-Men Are You?

And I so wanted to be Jean Grey! Never mind, I can kill with my eyes. Sigh, if only.

Winds of Change

My computer screen went blank on Thursday when I had rushed home from work and eagerly wanted to blog. No computer, no internet, no blogging. :(

And now, I've forgotten what it was I wanted to blog about.

Anyway, there are some changes that will be coming to KS and I. Well, mainly to KS. One of it is that we have decided to get a new car tomorrow. His old Perdana has been giving us a lot of problems with frequent breakdowns and when we visit the mechanics, the prices they'd quote us would be horrendous. "Perdana, mah!"

However, the car dealer and my Dad (when I told him later what car it was we're interested in) were surprised that we're downgrading the car, from a 2.0 to a 1.3. To me, it is not really a downgrade since it is from a Proton car to a Japanese car. Heck, as long as it takes us from A to B, that is what a function of a car is for anyway. (You can tell you'd never be able to sell me a BMW or a Merc).

Dad was more relieved that we were trading in the old car as he admitted he was always worried whenever we travelled outstation with it. And also because he was also eyeing the same car since it was launched more than a year ago. He's even discussed what colours he and Mum likes. Sorry Dad, we're going with the colour Mum prefers. Silver's too common on Malaysian roads.

This is the first time we're making a big decision like this. The house, well, we had the backing and urging of KS parents. This one, we're on our own to fend for our decision.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Strange Reaction

Yesterday my department held a meeting first thing in the morning. The night before, I thought it would be a good idea to bring some food to eat in the meeting and bought some chiffon cake.

As soon as I entered the meeting room and placed the cakes on the table, one colleague turned to me with wide eyes, "Why did you buy the cakes? Did you know you were going to be late for the meeting and brought it as an apology offering?". I injected my "No" with as much liquid nitrogen as I could muster.

Then my boss asked, "So what's the occasion?"

I think it's high time we changed the culture of our meetings.

One Strong Gob

Over the last couple of days I've been drowning in a massive cold. Every hour I'm rushing to the sink to blow green gob out of my nostrils.

So, nothing to blog about except to mention that I was in Melaka over the weekend.

Today, I notice in my sink there's a strand of gob that has each end in separate holes in the sink and it hasn't snapped in days. This is one stubborn piece of slime.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


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This is my Neopet. Most of the pets for adoption are cute cuddly looking things. I like this one as he's got ATTITUDE. Plus I've named him Penyakit_Gilababi.

But it's not just him that draws me to the website every day. It's the (silly) determination of becoming rich with neopoints. And playing the games. And feeding them free omelette and poisonous jelly.

Yes, I didn't go to work today. I haven't gone to see the doctor yet so I don't know if I have an MC for the day. But heck, my head's woolly.

Sick Again!

I am ill again! This time I have caught the flu that has been going around. It started off with a bad sore throat on Monday morning, with blood in my phlegm. Chinese would say it is "heaty" and as I usually experience this, the best way to deal with this is to counter it with "cooling" stuff like barley, coconut, winter melon etc.

Unfortunately, as I was expecting my menses, once you take "cooling" stuff, you'd end up in great pain from stomach cramps. But in the end, not like I had a chance to go search for coconut and cure the "heatiness".

Okay, I know this heaty and cool stuff sounds weird. There are those who believe in it and there are those who think it's a bunch of hog wash. I belong to the former group since I feel better after taking a coconut when my internal body heat acts up.

So looks like it's another day of MC for me tomorrow. We'll see how tonight goes.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


After living in a mess for over a few months, KS decided to take last Sunday upon himself to clean up the house. He is really good at doing that compared to me, who'd be sifting through all the mess and get distracted by the contents of boxes that has been lying there for months or even years.

Anyways, when I got home after the MPO, here's what I was greeted with upon stepping into the house:
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I got these "candle flowers" from my ex company (that was just about one year ago) when the visual merchandisers were done with them. Apparently you can buy them from florists for about RM10. Or I could walk outside my house here and saw them down for free. Yes, they're growing wild in my own neighbourhood although I suspect these lalang-looking plants will be chopped down when the new road is built soon.

Our excuse for not putting it up was that we couldn't find a suitable vase for it. Until one day last month, I stumbled upon a shop in Kelana Jaya Giant shopping mall - of all places. And it was on sale. Don't you just love a good bargain?

If you're wondering why I so giat to blog today, it's because I have half day off after the long working hours yesterday. Now I have to get ready to go work.

My First Auction

Yesterday we held an auction on some 30 electrical items. This is my first time attending and participating in an auction. It was great! The first few items were going for a real steal, just about half the retail price. I was the one who arranged the sequence of the items to be auctioned and next time I know to put all my favourite things right at the start.

People hadn't warmed up to the idea of the auction and were cautious. Later on, the bidding was a frenzy and items were sold at more than 70% of the original price, which is still worth it if you're already thinking of getting the item. Since all the items were "nice to haves", I gave up after a while. But we were all having fun.

Best part was, I knew all the original prices and what came next. So I knew what price ceiling I should stop at right from the start.

Sad News

I'm really saddened by the news of Steve Irwin passing on. Although I don't watch his shows anymore (for the lack of a cable tv or that I simply don't watch much tv), I've always liked him and thought of him as invincible.

But it's ironic that the Crocodile Hunter be killed by a stingray. But then again, if he were killed by a croc, then he wouldn't be the crocodile expert, would he?

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Big Day Tomorrow

So tomorrow is my big event. And what am I doing now? As per my tradition of Big Day Eves (like the eve of my wedding), I'm playing Freaky Factory on Neopets.

I notice I am usually switched off and not panicking when it comes to things like this. Even in Cambodia, I was actually very worried that I wasn't panicking as I was on my way to give my first sermon. That was the biggest scary thing for me the entire trip, to be posted one by one to an unknown place and unknown people. But yet I was calm, as though I was on autopilot. A body detachment, watching myself do it. Kind of like a "See me" from that witch book from Pratchett.

Is this normal or is this the way I deal with stress? Ha, shutting off isn't a very smart way to be on top of things, is it?

Saturday, September 02, 2006


I'm suddenly wanting to take photos with fuzzy background or the type where you focus on the subject and everything else is blurred? Heh, you can tell I'm not into photography. What is the correct term for this anyway?

I realise my current digital camera doesn't have that function even after painstakingly reading the camera manual over the last week. (Funny how I can read an entire book in one day and a thin manual takes me more than a week). Even Jan's Canon IXUS60 doesn't have it. Or does one need to get an SLR camera in order to do that?

Wood Carving

Jan was reminiscing about the time when she did some carving back in high school. It brought back the memory of my own carving of a traditional Malay wood carving which was meant to look like a part of a wall fixture that is installed just below the roof for ventilation. Aiyah, I don't know how to describe this thing but it has holes right through it, you know? For air to pass through?

Anyways, unlike the previous years, our art works were not returned to us and were burned. Yes, the reason for this is so that they would be able to repeat the same assignment to the students next year and ensure we don't sell them to our juniors.

I kept the design and hoped that one day I would have the desire again to carve it again. However, that was AGES ago and I don't know where the design has gone to.