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Coincidence or Fate?

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Was it a mere coincidence or an arrangement? I lost my keys yesterday and I manage to get them back today... with a simple prayer...

Yesterday, I lost room keys on the way back from school. Upon discovery of that, I was discussing that with my landlady and the first good news was heard. My house mate reported that she had actually fount the keys, but she left the keys laying on the exact same spots, assuming that the owner would trace them back.

Without second thought, I rushed back to the spot where my house mate mentioned, and to my horror, someone seemed to have grap the keys given that the spot was somewhere near the lecturers' parking lots.

Therefore I ended up with disappointment last night... I hate myself for my own carelessness and the inability to improve it!

Sleep does help to readjust my emotion. Before I headed to school for Japanese class, I was hoping that this could serve another important lesson for me and assuming that someone had taken the keys to the office. Conseq…

Monthly habit...

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3 for RM24! Who can resist?

Anyway, does not mean that I am like those shopaholics, but I would like to commit myself in serious reading... Spending in books contribute 4% to 9% of my monthly expenditure and I personally think that it is OK, despite my mum is always questioning my purchase...

"Are those books your textbooks?"

"Erg, nope. But some of them will help me in my study..."

"Then why buy so many?"

"What is wrong with adding more knowledge?"

"..."

Well, I have to face this in the coming December as I bring more books home.

=P

New recipe!

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Introducing... *ceng ceng ceng*...
Steam potato rice!  C=:-)
Thanks to Auntie Guan for sparking the idea for me and my mum who taught me this original recipe. Actually, I was not preparing this, rather it was the typical fried potatoes which I learned from my mum. Out of sudden, I heard Auntie Guan (my landlady at Sabah) reminded my of her unfinished rice.
Aha, why don't I mix it with my potatoes? Consequently, I pour the hard, cold rice into my dish and steam them (while I was frying potatoes).
10 minutes later, new recipe (well, at least for me) was created! I shared the dish with auntie and her son, and we were satisfied! Her son was amazed by it and tried to replicate the dish tomorrow!
I wonder how will it tastes like.... :P

New Book!

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Another one added to collection...

The Evolution of God by Robert Wright

Recyclable

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Ok, someone considered this as recyclable......


Sabahan is rich? What say you?

Wait

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2 days ago I had a call with her after a long period of longing...

Besides the typical greeting and information about recent life, we discuss about our further study.

She persist on the study in Master of Business Administration while mine are clinical psychology counterpart.

While we were encouraging each other, she doubt about availability of equivalent or better quality romantic partner in future after her Master courses.


.......


I'll wait for you
I sincerely do

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Doulos

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Hurray! Doulos is coming back to Kota Kinabalu again! The ship will dock at Jesselton Port starting from 29th og August to 20th of September. Those who're interest in visiting this ship, do mark this date down! Let's bring knowledge, help and hope!

Can't wait the arrival!

o (> <) o

Semester Break…Workload…

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The mid semester break is approaching…I have only a weak to finish all my papers. Can I make it?Clinical psychologist is expected to sustain heavy workload, according to a source…So I guess I don’t have much choice?

Sugar?

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I don't know what happened to commodity market in Sabah, but can't someone tells me why sugar supply was stopped, in Sabah?

About 2 hours ago, I heard my friend mentioning that each person was limited to purchase 2kg of normal cane sugar ONLY!

>~<

Anyway, I should cut down my sugar intake (cane sugar) throughout this period. Not to mention my 2kg weight gain...!

distress

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Today is the first day I reported in my part time in 1 Borneo. I am glad that I finally manage to land myself a sustainable job as financial problem is one of my problem here.Thing has both sides. With the allocation of my Friday and Saturday for this job, I have lesser time in revising and writing. As I am approaching the end of my tertiary study in, I begin to feel the pressure. I have more academic writing but shorter writing period. Now I really know how the feeling of a writer who is undergone deadline pressure by the editor.This triggers my thought about my overall vocational preparation to be a clinical psychologist. Am I going to make it?My academic writing skills do not seem to show any improvement and so does my critical thinking!In order to be a clinical psychologist, intelligence is not all. Emotional intelligence, social aptitude, intentional interview skills, project management and communication skills! Have I done anything to improve them? Today I have disappointed my l…

Father

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“Happy Father’s Day”
That reminds me about the role of father in a family. If I will have to conceptualize this according to my personal experience, I will not take this role for myself in the future.
I don’t think I am capable.
Whenever I mention about my oyaji (親父, father as in japanese), I feel ambivalent. Since I first knew him, until now…
He was once our family breadwinner that provided us with certain degree of material before. He bought a nice house, comfortable Toyota, and new home furnishing.
I am thankful for his effort to bring the best for us. I recall how excited I was when he had promised to buy me a personal computer for my UPSR achievement. However, since the moment I saw him negotiating with the bankers and the scene where our first family sedan was dragged away by the bank due to the unpaid overdraft, I knew something was wrong…
The financial situation went worse since then…
Parents were arguing over financial issues almost every night that those noises are still fr…

Careless lost

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I lost my wallet after I dined in Gurney Plaza food court.As the consequences, you name it. Identity card, driving license, student card, bookshop membership cards, organ donor card, ATM cards, precious private picture and 150+ bucks.Painful and pricy lesson, wasn’t it? I wonder why I keep wasting money on important lesson in my life.Behind every unlucky event, there is something new to be learned. For example, I knew how to apply for replacement copy of important documents, cancel the ATM cards, how to handle the lost emotionally. Frankly speaking, I was wondering about how long will I take to mourn about this issue…Anyway, there is some good news, too. Student receives 50% debate on replacement identity card compound, do you know that? I hope I will get the same treatment tomorrow when I proceed to Road Traffic Department for replaced driving license! =P

Jamming Penang

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A lesson to be learned. Don’t go out whenever there is parade going on unless you’re one of the participants or audience.
I was planning to drive to Gurney Plaza to buy Power Station new album, Moving On.



Well, I was moving on to buy this album despite the heavy traffic jam at Scotland Road. That was the only way to Pulau Tikus area, as Macalister Road and Burma Road were blocked for the Vesak Day parade.
Am I sounds emotive?

Deja vu…Excited yet unlucky

Ever heard of deja vu, or the pre-conception of certain event before its actual occurrence? Sixth sense, extra sensory perception (ESP) et cetera refer to the same subject.
Whenever I have a clear picture of certain event in my mind during my sleep, it is most likely to happen in reality. I dreamt about motorcycle which is running out of petrol when I reach university, during my afternoon nap before my Japanese final exam.
As expected, it occurred after I woke up from my nap and this is how the whole excited but unfortunate series of small incidents happened to me:
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Woke up from nap since I have bike, I still managed to reach university on time, I thought…
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The bike did not responded when I pull the throttle. To my horror, the dream came true. I stopped at the front gate of university with the security guard’s yell, “Ah Chai, motor tak ada minyakkah?” After resting the bike near the security hut, I rushed to exam hall.
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Reached DKP 2 safely but the listening section of th…

Money matters

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Seeing some of the friends are graduating soon, I feel grateful for them. However, when I imagine this as what will happen during the next year, I feel anxious and tense.
I guess if you’re studying somewhere far from your hometown, the arrangement of brief travel around the location which you’re studying, is somehow a must for your family when they visit you during your convocation. Do you agree? Well, at least, for me, it is a “yes” since my parents keep mentioning that during those phone calls.
Therefore, I had followed my friend to arrange this for his family who will visit Sabah in the near future (October, 2009). We were surveying the price for the accommodation since it is quite a challenge to get a room which is reasonable in term of payment and safety. Excluding those luxurious hotels in Kota Kinabalu, we have the price ranges from 65 bucks to RM280 per night for a family size room. Well, you can imagine what we have for the cheapest (best setting for horror movie) and the mos…

Care

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Throughout all the troubles that my friends or people around me, I found that I lack for a critical element as someone who wish to help, emphatic care. Take for example, whenever there is someone who is feeling terrible physical pain, I will anxious for my ignorance to solve the problem.
This is an obstacle to be a psychotherapist. From the moment I learned this from the book, I know that is the hardest part for me. As someone may say, skills can be easily acquired but it is not the case for change of personality.
Is it due to the reason that I was growing from a family without love and care? Or I am the one who is so ignorant to my parents’ love and care? Love and care can take many form, but I hardly feel the way my parents’ style.
Shall I to be blamed? But that does not help me to develop how to care and love! I heard of someone saying this before, “The easiest way to know about love and care, is to put yourself into others’ shoes when they are showing their love or care to you.”
W…

Opportunity

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Strike while the iron is hot. Whenever there is chance, never miss it.Today, I went to university for my Data Analysis examination. Before I touched the exam paper, Dr Chua knocked my table and request an appointment with her. The first thing that flashed through my mind was the empty post in my school as I recalled her mentioning about vacancy in data entries personnel. Therefore I finished the paper with contented heart. After the after exam of counselling and psychotherapy theories, I knocked the door of her room.The conversation began with her inquiry about my presence in the South East Asia Psychology Conference that is organized by my school. Quickly after that, she came up with one question that astounded me, “Will like to present your paper during that conference?”“As a student presentation?” I responded.“Nope, a formal paper presentation, just like any other presenters. I found your paper is suitable for the conference and you can even consider journal submission.”I did not r…

University Level English?

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Ok, I am not here to brag about my English competency but can you imagine the future human resource originated from public university which is not good in English? Look at the following notice:

One of the Universiti Malaysia Sabah graduation requirements is the English competency level of at least Band 3 of Malaysia University English Test (MUET). Personally speaking, Band 3 is not the hard for a university graduate. Will you hire someone who can’t even achieves the English competency of high school levels? Comparing with other English proficiency tests, such as SAT, IELTS and TOEFL, MUET is considered as the low passing test. The scores are adjusted to quite significant low par compare to the international English proficiency tests.
Well, that may sound like I am discriminating certain population, but my the point I try to emphasize is the perseverance to improve language proficiency level. It is an undeniable fact English is widely used in almost every corner of the world, why cert…

Shopping Spree!

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Ok, now I fully understand how female feel when it comes to shopping…
I bought another 5 books during 1 Borneo Popular Book Fair…



(>~<)
I admit that I cannot resist the temptation whenever there is 90% sales. (usually book fair) Well, I managed to find several favourite genres of mine and not patronized just for the sake of my own impulses…I assume…
The original price of the books was RM169.40 and after 70% discount…Tata, you can get it, RM50.82! I saved up RM118.58! (even though I actually spent 50 bucks…)
Anyway, let’s welcome another five compilation for joining my book collection.
\(^o^)/
Commentaries on Living: Series II – Infinity by  Jiddu Krishnamurti Commentaries on Living: Series III Part I – Inference starts from Conclusion?by Jiddu Krishnamurti Commentaries on Living: Series III Part II – The Quality of Pureby Jiddu Krishnamurti The First and The Last Freedomby Jiddu Krishnamurti Thought. Language. Society. World.by Lim Cong Yi I kept the receipt just in case someon…

Nicest job up to the moment

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If you happen to read my last post about the terrible job, you may have some ideas about the toughness of being a sound system technician. Unreasonable treatment? Not this time.(^-^) bAny idea?How about these?Yesterday, I was placed on Pulau Dinawan for a typical cultural and entertainment night designed for the China tourists.Since the event was on the island, instead of sleeping on the beach, me and Azlan (colleague) were allowed to overnight in this cottage.Not bad huh? I did manage to watch 3 DVDs (Diary of the Dead, They Wait & Mirror)last night after the event. Nice bed, calm atmosphere, tasteful meals... That was my best job since months and I had my sounded sleep last night. I was wondering whether I was working or on my study retreat.(^ ^) ♪Besides, I learned another function of plankton.Shame for the management for allowing the tourist to use mobile airgun. They were polluting the sea. (Well, exploiting the island for recreation purpose is to be blamed at the first place…

Is Loading Bay part of Hotel?

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Well, I am an idiot when it comes to hospitality industry. How do you rank a hotel? If it is ranked according to its overall management, does it include the hotel during its upgrading process?
Yesterday, I was working (as part time sound system technician) at Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu. Due to its facility upgrading (ballroom I assume), many accesses were blocked and I must say that this includes…loading bay…
Guess what? Bad news for technicians like us, of course. Why? I think you know that because we have to move this five boxes of equipments



through this

and the thing that calmed me down, is my lucky number…


Our anger and frustration arose out of the ridiculous management of the hotel THAT the management levels did not prepare the secondary loading access for the supplier! We have gone through lots of suffering situation before where we had being moving more boxes through tougher ground surfaces but they were not due to stupid arrangement!

Promenade Hotel is not a high class hot…

Health Campaign 2009

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Attend the Health Campaign 2009 organized by University Malaysia Sabah Medical Faculty at Hostel C, D multi purpose hall.Small scale exhibition, BMI check, eye acuity check, blood pressure and glucose test, test interpretation, health talks, First Aid demonstration, Breast Self Examination and all those you can name it.The only part that caught my eyes was those free medical tests. BMI check, blood pressure and blood glucose level check. Perhaps that was my primary purpose being there. ^^ I went through those test, as they were free of charge but not outside of campus, attended a talk about stress and stress management by Ng Chee Kuat. Nothing much to expect except earning myself a photo frame from the Q & A section, hehe…As for my health check, here are the data:Blood pressure: 110/80 mmHgBlood glucose level: 5.2 mmol/lBMI: 22.6The comment that left by my medical friend was, “Everything is fine, MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT.”What will you say?

A letter to 15 years old me…

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Did you write a letter to yourself?What did you write in the letter?How do you feel when you read it in the future/now?It has been a long time since the last time I was touched by a song…I cried when I first listened to this track…手紙 拝啓 ~十五の君へ~ (Tegami haikei jyuugo no kimi e, A letter to 15 years old you)Was it because the lyrics were describing what I was facing during then?But, I am still affected by this song…Is it because what we have to face? 拝啓 この手紙読んでいるあなたは どこで何をしているのだろう 十五の僕には誰にも話せない 悩みの種があるのです 未来の自分に宛てて書く手紙なら きっと素直に打ち明けられるだろう
今 負けそうで 泣きそうで 消えてしまいそうな僕は
誰の言葉を信じ歩けばいいの?
ひとつしかないこの胸が何度もばらばらに割れて
苦しい中で今を生きている
今を生きている 拝啓 ありがとう 十五のあなたに伝えたい事があるのです 自分とは何でどこへ向かうべきか 問い続ければ見えてくる
荒れた青春の海は厳しいけれど
明日の岸辺へと 夢の舟よ進め
今 負けないで 泣かないで 消えてしまいそうな時は
自分の声を信じ歩けばいいの
大人の僕も傷ついて眠れない夜はあるけど
苦くて甘い今を生きている 人生の全てに意味があるから 恐れずにあなたの夢を育てて
Keep on beliving 負けそうで 泣きそうで 消えてしまいそうな僕は
誰の言葉を信じ歩けばいいの? ああ 負けないで 泣かないで 消えてしまいそうな時は
自分の声を信じ歩けばいいの
いつの時代も悲しみを避けては通れないけれど
笑顔を見せて 今…

Usagi-cyan

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Behold, the rabbits! ( ゜щ゜)Kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ?!  (>~<)These are the rabbits (is it better to name them bunny?) rare by Mr Abraham Wong since weeks ago. I heard him mentioned that originally, there were only 4 bunnies, but now…(^щ^) These newborns are placed in another box so that their sisters and brothers are not stepping over these fragile babies…How cute! *^^* Do you notice the centre one that hasn’t grown its fur (In fact, it hasn’t opened its eyes!)? If I am not mistaken, it should be the youngest among them. By the time I  took these pictures, they were about to sleep, as you can guess from their body postures, except the brown one. It maybe the eldest, or the Papa of the nest who protects everyone and make sure they are safe and sleep before it does. Ah, paternal love!  Ok, I know, my E65 camera is blurred but you still want some pictures of the family. Here you go, the last one before I stop.Can you total the number of them? ^^ P/S: Usagi is rabbit while kawaii is …

World Cancer Day

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How much do you know about cancer?
What do you feel towards cancer patients?
Are your closed one struck by cancer?
How much do you support them?
Cancer, as we all know, is one of the leading death causes that contributes to childhood mortality rate and worsen the population aging in certain region. Cancer, or the group of diseases identified by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cell, is initiated by both external and internal factors, such as tobacco consumption, radiation, inherited genetic code, mutation and so on. Although it may ultimately bring death, early diagnosis and prognosis can trigger possible interventions. Yet, the suggested approach to cancer, is primary prevention.
Here are some quick fact about cancer, according to Global Cancer Facts and Figures 2007 by American Cancer Society:
1/8 of global death cases are caused by cancerThe second leading cause of death for developed countries; the third leading cause of death for developing countries27 million new cases and…

Another two added to my collection! ^^

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Oh, no! Looks like I am no different with the girls who are bargaining for their new clothes whenever there is 70% rebate! >~< Well, here they are,



I was loitering around Popular Palm Square, browsing for new books. While I was turning the pages of some non-fiction, my eyes spotted the corner where the discount books (It is easy to tell as Popular does have its own way to display them, a typical one) were placed.
Initially, I wasn’t hoping to get any interesting books as for my acknowledgement, the books are usually pop-culture stuff but not this two.
Commentaries on Living: Series I by Jiddu Krishnamutri; &
The True Believer: Thoughts on the nature of Mass Movement by Eric Hoffer.
\(^∇^)/
Both of them are translated version (Mandarin) as English version may cost a lot for me…sigh…Again, I committed another unplanned expenditure……sigh……I have to control myself.
*wack*
The next book on my wish-list, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimba…

Happy Chinese New Year?

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Well, well, how is your Chinese New Year celebration going? Fun? Good? Gluttony? Satisfied Ang Pow?
Don’t expect something from me, as I am not going home for this festival, again…(since 3 years back…) Why? Expensive air ticket, worthless expenditure, boring….Ops, did I mention something wrong?!
However, that does not mean that I have nothing beginning from the preparation of Chinese New Year until now, the second night of Lunar New Year. OK, I didn’t bargain on any new clothes, accessory, shoes nor hairstyle. Instead I had bought this, Gillettle March 3 Turbo (old model tri-blades shaver/razor and it is RED, for CNY?).


Had a steamboat reunion dinner with Daniel’s family (thanks Daniel, Mr. & Mrs. Koh), steamboat dinner with Chung Ling gang,

(fictional picture)
…and received the first and second Ang Pow from Adam and Mrs. Koh (thanks to both of them).

(fictional picture)
Finally, invitations to attend tomorrow gathering at Gurney Plaza, Penang, from chili and Sean. Apparently I …

World Leprosy Day

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Today is Chinese New Year Eve as we all Chinese knows, but do you know that today is marked as World Leprosy Day as well?
Well, I do not mean to spoil your mood in celebrating this festive seasons. However, while you enjoying your delicious reunion dinner, please think of those who are suffering all around the world.
Here are some brief descriptions about leprosy from one of the source:
“The first Historic mention of Leprosy in India dates back to as early as 600 B.C., where it is denoted by a Sanskrit term ‘Kushtha’, literally meaning ‘eating away’. Reports of presence of leprosy can also be found in the ancient writings from Japan (10th century B.C) and Egypt (16th century B.C.). Ancient writers have put across several theories regarding the origin and spread of leprosy such as infection of the Nile River, unhygienic food habits of the people and so on. 
People suffering from Leprosy had to face criticism and were subjected to stringent treatments even in the olden times. They were …