count me in

June 30th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Walk & Wheel, Uniting for Safe Spaces

Adrienne is a Cempakan and she’s gonna be there too. See you there tonight!

Date: 30th June 2007, Saturday
Venue: Dataran Merdeka
Time: 4.00 pm

Walk & Wheel is to promote the right to feel safe, especially for young people and people with disabilities that are easy targets of acts of violence, such as being mugged, harrassed, bullied, or sexually and physically abused. Increasing rates of crime over recent months is of major concern to all.

Organised by AWAM, people will Walk & Wheel for 2km around Dataran Merdeka. To begin with, just get a Count Me In T-shirt to show that not only you care about safety but it’s also a ticket for the Walk & Wheel, the concert and all competitions. Price for T-shirt is RM25.


4.00pm Preliminary Dance competition Tshirt competition
5.00pm Cheer leading display(Sri Cempaka School) Sayang Dancers performance
5.45pm Chinese Drums performance(Sri Cempaka School)
6.00pm Riding in of the Harley Davidsons of Malaysia
6.15pm Paying Tribute through voice and movement
7.00pm Symbolic Walk
7.30pm Announcement of the winners of school projects.Prize giving for Tshirts competition
8.00pm Concert with Jaclyn Victor, Noorye, Candice, Zamil, Silas, Point Blanc, Qings & Kweens, Couple, Two Sides of a Story
8.30pm Finals of Dance Competition and Prize giving
9.00pm Concert
10.00pm Ends
Event write-up ourtesy of shutterasia.

i wanna walk

June 29th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

….When I Can Walk!

I do not need much sleep. Am amazed by those who could sleep exceeding 8 hours a day! Even know of many who need to replace loss sleep. Either I am lucky to have a few more waking moments or they are lucky they have a few more beauty hours?

It is pointless to have the extra waking hours if you idle it away.

Slept very early last night and by early I meant just before midnight. I am a night person. It should have been a bonus night whereby I could clock up a premium 7 hours at least. God is very fair; faithful as Big Ben would strike. I woke up at 5.30. Why can’t I just sleep through to 7?

Graced down to Ah Ma’s room! Revenge is near. She has been at my bedroom door the past 3 days inviting me to join her for her morning walk. Today I returned by a big hug and gestured; morning walk lo!

Ha!Ha! But today I was too early and yesterday I was too late! Too late as in all Ah Ma’s 2 or 3 legged friends would have left our small park by 7.15 am. Too early as in all Ah Ma’s four legged and homeless friends would still be hogging our walking/jogging path and we fear as they are known to ferociously bite.

I like the smell of freshness….up to the dog dung. Serious!

I was like greeting every uncle and aunty “Good Morning” and some just looked back blankly and absent. I guessed I am a new comer to their community. “Who is this crazy woman?”

They are going get to know me better. Soon, I bet. The fresh morning air less the dog dung perhaps; the beautiful sounds of birds singing and chirping; the tai chi exercise music; are all drawing me into this new joy.

I want to walk while I am able to then to struggle when I cannot!

I want to walk behind my mother and feel blessed that I begin the day sharing some moments with her.

These are moments for her to look forward to daily in the present; while they will become fond memories for me to rejoice of her company in the future !



June 27th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Bridal Shower with A Touch of XXXXX

Jacquei hosted this special event for Ivy of P&G. Almost 20 of us were there to guide Ivy on how to prepare for her honeymoon and post honeymoon days. Her big day is this Saturday!

The guests started by creating the most delicate and soft bridal gown for Ivy. All Ivy has to do was stand pretty like a princess and “Project Runway” designer aspirants worked their creativity with 20 extra white toilet rolls! Can imagine the outcome?

Bingo all the way.Perfect Match. In “How well you knnw your Future Mate” game confirmed to the whole wide world that both of them know each other very well and deserve each other. Except for a trivial issue; the bridegroom chose lavender as the theme of their marriage while blue is Ivy’s favourite. It is okay. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

There were feathers, whip, cuffs and chains. As guests took turns to highlight various “tactics” with themes like temptation, erotica……we were all applauding our excitement to “educate” Ivy on being the Queen of Seduction!

We had wanted to engage something naughty but time was against our plan. Surprise! Surprise! Izham CEO of 8tv and Faizal Tahir (runnerup for One In A Million) came to our rescue. The 2 handsome guys serenaded Ivy with a love song…..entitled, “Falling in Love With You”. We were all tipsy and high!

It has been a fun night….Ivy… may you have loads of intimate, sensual and wonderful moments exploring all the XIXILI lingerie with hubby.

Congratulations to both of you!

she forgot

June 26th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Ah Moi !Ah Moi!

There will be 3 days in a week that she will forget to get ready 2 tumblers of drinking water by my bedside.

She has forgotten again last night!

For as much as I wanted to scream at her; I cannot.

I cannot just look at her minor flaws (can be major too especially when she shrunk my Motivi blouse) and ignore all the good she has done for the day.

I may not have gotten my water but my toilet and car is clean, nicely pressed clothes, squeeky floor to step on, etc etc etc.

Do not see it a half empty glass but be blessed that it was half filled.

3 mosquitoes

June 26th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

…….but where is the 3rd one?

Surely someone has to manage the camera, right? Yup, we were not the “3 Beauties”; “3 Princesses”; “3 Flowers” of the school. Why did we ever agree to be conferred the title as “3 Mosquitoes”?

Wendy, Belinda and I became best friends when we were in Form 3. Yes, SMJK Kepong, same class, same beauty and same brains….ha!ha!ha! Just to test if the Law of Attraction holds. Like attract like.

We met up for a fast lunch this afternoon. Rushing and everything was in small briefs and updates.

Unlike those lazy, crazy days when we were 15. We looked forward for school to be over and off we would rushed in our bicycles to the Hainam Village behind the bus station on the main street of Kepong.

Our favourite food? So tasty and so simple. I sort of picked up my cooking interest from here because my “customers” never complained. Fried Rice with Marmite Soup.

Simply satisfying…..

If Wendy hunched that there weren’t going to be any leftover rice in her house for me to fry; the curry noodle shop next to the cinema was where we will head to.

Of course, if any of us have spare money to treat; a Lin Ching Hsia movie we will watch too.

Kepong. Brings back so much memories…..

ah ma’s daily soup

June 22nd, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Cooked with love to nourish your soul

Just arrived home. Home Sweet Home…..

Traveling north brings joy of indulgence….Penang and Ipoh hawker specialties! We arrived Green Lane in the evening only to find out the hawker center there closed from evening. Twenty years ago, when I was studying in USM they opened till midnight! They served the best Chee Cheong Fun…try it!

Not disappointed. We still makan alot. I can give you a run down on our “Food Attack” list:-

21st June Lunch , Penang- The famous Bukit Tambun seafood. We did not have much time and mostly will have to miss it if we chance it for the next day’s dinner. Lunch sounded fair. Fried Oyster with egg(the oysters were as big as a quail egg); curry fish; steamed clams; and a mixed vegetable.

21st June Dinner, Penang – The famous Macalister Road Hawker Center. Josephine is crazy about Penang Chee Cheong Fun and its special sweet sauce. We had 3 platefuls plus Fried Oyster again……hahahahah! My favourite Penang Curry Mee, it has a special flavour. Of course, our table was filled with Char Koay Teow, Wanton Mee, Duck Vermicelli, Ikan Bakar….

22nd June Breakfast, Penang – A stone throw from our hotel. We had Prawn Noodles with loads of mantis prawns and Wanton Noodles.

22nd June Hi-Tea, Ipoh – Roti Bakar and Egg Tart! Nam Heong Coffee Shop Old Town. Greedy as ever, we ate Curry Mee and Char Koay Teow again. The Laksa was disappointing…..and the Famous Chicken Koay Teow SOLD OUT!

Despite this indulgent…..nothing beats Ah Ma’s soup!

Tender loving recipe by Ah Ma and passionate preparation plus careful attention by Ah Moi. Yes, Ah Moi our maid is very skilful in making the best soups ever!

When you get a bowl of homecook soup every night….it means someone loves you very much!


small talk, big memories

June 21st, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Mother still makes the Best Dumpling

Someone quoted:

” If you have wasted money, you have wasted money. If you have wasted time, you have wasted part of your life!”

While traveling north this time, I make it a point to visit Adrienne’s grandma whom I still fondly refer to as Mother. She offered me her homemade “bak chang” and they tasted as good. Only thing is she has replaced the fat meats with lean ones. She even quoted, “Healthy…more healthy!”

Old age and its related pains have not robbed her a life. In the mornings she will be busy getting the grandchildren ready to school. Soon after she will be preparing lunch to welcome them home. Most of the leisure time are spent watching TV and she carefully declined the Astro installation for fear of affecting the grandchildren’s concentration on education.

Pray God be kinder to her and give her many blessful years to come!

While Mother is a a veteran; Ah Ma is an amateur in dumpling making. Confidentially, Ah Ma is going to embark for a second consecutive year to make dumpling AFTER the festival is over.

WHY? After the festival?

Aha…Ah Ma kiasu and when it is monopolistic, we can only comment “Ho Chak”

doa bagi mu

June 20th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Kak Yan confirmed suffering from Stage 3 breast cancer.

Normally, it sufficed me to just have my morning scan of The Star paper.

Decided to scan through the Malay papers while waiting for the cashier to sort out my billing at the supermarket.

Azean Irdawaty confirmed with breast cancer blasted at the corner of a Malay paper. I was saddened. Another victim……cancer does not discriminate and it will never sleep.

Please do not sleep on it. By it, I mean the awareness, I mean the care you should accord to yourself.

Don’t worry if your face is going to have a wrinkle if you do not go to the beautician by this week.

Don’t worry if you are going to be less complete without a manicure or pedicure.

Don’t worry if you are missing another appointment with the hairstylist.

Start worrying that you do not have a breast screening regime!

Start being aware that you have to do your Breast Self Examination right after your monthly menstruation ends.

Start going for a clinical breast examination when you hit 30.

If you are above 40, like me….go for your mammogram!


Kak Yan has requested that we pray for her early recovery and combat with ugly cancer. She wishes to return to acting as soon as possible.

Kak Yan, my DOA goes to you and all those fighting cancer…….

female power

June 19th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

We are the Future

From Left: Sandra, Adrienne, Charlene, Michelle(petite gal) and Jaime

Eddie and family is here for holiday. Adrienne is so excited to see their family. It is a pity that I am unable to host them today. Kept thinking that I have a meeting tomorrow morning and can have the afternoon free to be with them. Looks like it has to be turned. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Sandra and Eddie been blessed with 3 lovely angels too. Children just grow up too soon. My memory or rather visual memory of them were pictures taken while my mate Adrienne was holidaying with them couple of years back.

I am not a feminist nor some sexist. Daughters are GREAT! They are FINE!

Don’t be too stressed out with traditional thoughts about continuing the line.

Live and love life as a family. Enjoy them as they are. They are God’s gifts to us and a bundle of joy. Sure there are pains….for without them how would you know what Joy is?

Long Live Daughters……..why am advocating so strongly?

a little reminder

June 19th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink


A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and sat down.
Before he ordered, he couldn’t help but notice a group of younger men at
the table next to him.

It was obvious they were making fun of something
about him, and it wasn’t until he remembered he was wearing a small pink
ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware of what the joke
was all about.

The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks began to
get to him. He looked one of the rude men square in the eye, placed his hand
beneath the ribbon and asked, quizzically, “This?” With that the men all
began to laugh out loud.

The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, “Hey, sorry man,
but we were just commenting on how pretty your pink ribbon looks against your
blue jacket!”

The middle aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to his
table, and invited him to sit down. As uncomfortable as he was, the guy
obliged, not really sure why. In a soft voice, the middle aged man said, “I
wear this ribbon to bring awareness about breast cancer. I wear it in my mother’s honor.”

“Oh, sorry dude. She died of breast cancer?”

No, she didn’t. She’s alive and well. But her breasts nourished me as an infant, and were a soft resting place for my head when I was scared or lonely as a little boy. I’m very grateful for my mother’s breasts, and her health.”

“Umm,” the stranger replied, “Yeah.” “And I wear this ribbon to honor my
wife”, the middle aged man went on “And she’s okay, too?”, the other guy

“Oh, yes. She’s fine. Her breasts have been a great source of loving
pleasure for both of us, and with them she nurtured and nourished our
beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am grateful for my wife’s breasts,
and for her health.”

“Uh huh. And I guess you wear it to honor your daughter, also?
“No. It’s too late to honor my daughter by wearing it now. My daughter
died of breast cancer one month ago. She thought she was too young to have
breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored
it. She thought that since it wasn’t painful, it must not be anything to
worry about.”

Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, “Oh, man, I’m so sorry

“So, in my daughter’s memory, too, I proudly wear this little ribbon,
which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others. Now, go home and talk to
your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends.”

“And here,” the middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the
other man a little pink ribbon.

The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head and asked, “Can ya help me
put it on?”