Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Love Makes the World Go 'Round

A good friend of mine asked me to blog about this. And I'd like to thank him for sending me this great reminder. It is a great video, with a very important message.



This song made me realise a few things:
1) I'm very very fortunate to have all my basic needs fulfilled
2) I must learn to appreciate what I have

On the other hand, it also made me think how it would feel like to be in their shoes; stranded in the streets, ignored, forgotten and unwanted, and how I'd wish that someone would hear my cry for help. Instead, I see signboards like "Please Don't Give to Beggars. They cause traffic."

How thoughtful is that? We get so involved in this rat race that we begin to want more of everything; more money, more cars, more houses, more riches, more fame, that we care only for ourselves. Our greed and selfishness have led to consequences that are affecting everything around us - the earth, the economy, the level of poverty and sickness, the people, the earth and nature, to name a few.

We get so occupied in fulfilling our own needs and wants that we begin to forget what we were created from - Love. God's Love.

Let's show this world what God's love is. Spread love and show more compassion.

Monday, March 30, 2009

You Must Be Free Now Hor?

My dear friends...who always say "Wah you must be damn free now..." or "So free now, come out yum cha lah" (Come out for drinks). Please do not misunderstand this term "Freelancer".... It doesn't mean FREE as in goyang kaki, doing nothing at home...Don't get me wrong....Not that I don't wanna come out and yum cha...I reaaaally want to,trust me, but really, I mean it when I say 'busy'.

Freelancers WORK, and we WORK HARD :P We are the writer, the sales person, the telephone operator, the traffic controller, the accountant and the HR executive. With all these roles in hand, HOW TO HAVE FREE TIME???? :P In fact, this job requires alot of discipline and dedication. That's why you gotta love what you do. If not, you'd be burnt out in no time!

But you know, I really wish that one day I could answer, "Yes, I'm free!" HAHA But I can't...coz I'm NOT! At least not yet la :P Who knows, maybe one day, I strike lottery! Then, I will hire people to do all the above job for me, while I goyang kaki and call you peepz go yum cha everyday k haha

Ok. I'm tired. Over and out!

(Btw, the women shelter plan had been postponed to next Saturday due to unforseen circumstances *sob*)

Image taken from: http://loser.miniwini.com/wp/images/Sleeping.Dog.jpg

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Name for Fame?

Came across this while surfing.

Kavita, if you're reading this, some inspiration from here maybe? hehehehehe

Weirdest Celebrity Baby Names
Here are the nominees:
1)Sunday Rose Urban (Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban's daughter)
2)Bronx Mowgli Wentz (Ashlee Simpson's son)
3)Zuma Nesta Rock Rosdale (Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rosdale's daughter)
4)Knox Leon & Vivienne Marcheline Jolin-Pitt
5)Nakoa Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa (Denise from the Cosby Show)
6)Atlas Heche Tupper (Anne Heche's son)
7)Mars Merkaba (Erykah Badu & Bf's daughter)

Guess which one won the title? haha

No. 2

I would have voted for No. 5 maaan....What was Denise thinking?!

Source: http://celebrities.ninemsn.com.au/blog.aspx?blogentryid=365088&showcomments=true

A stunt for fun?

My hubby shared this with me today (twas also in The Star), and I totally agree with the writer. In fact I shared the same sentiment with my hubby just yesterday haha

TheStar - Wednesday March 25, 2009
Earth Hour is a mere publicity stunt

I READ with amazement and irony the efforts of WWF Malaysia to latch on to the Earth Hour event and all the celebrities, media and corporations that have come up in support.

It is amazing that people are so easily taken in by a mere publicity stunt that fails at the very essence. Turning off our lights for one hour on one designated day of the year to save our planet surely is a PR event at best.

It shames the thousands of devoted people, government bodies, scientists and environmentalists that have for years been working on finding real solutions to address this global concern. Malaysians should see past this gimmick by international NGOs and start changing their lifestyles. Surely we can be more proactive and not be fed by an agenda of international bodies.

Why don’t we implement power conservation programmes, ride public transport on certain days in a month, car pool, etc?

It is also ironic that the organiser, WWF Malaysia, up until very recently, did not even have a climate change programme to begin with when all others (even local groups and individuals) have been persistent in their pleas for Malaysians to take action.

Remember, our leaders signed the Kyoto Protocol and there has been concerted movement towards reaching solutions. Please let us all be enlightened and move away from celebrations and gimmicks.

MARCUS,
Petaling Jaya.

What's your take?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

An Angel in Disguise

I recently picked up Her World for an assignment I was working on, and I was drawn to one particular article titled 'From the Heart'. This story is about Elizabeth Tan, 52, who was a regular homemaker until year 2000 when she was hospitalised. After a successful operation, she was determined to pursue a more meaningful life.

So she prayed for guidance, and this led her to joining the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). And in less than a year later, she decided to help out at Rumah Perlindungan Social, a shelter for girls and women. Now she dedicates most of her time to running the home and remains on call 24/7. Btw, she has a full-time job to juggle with as well.

Her story really inspired me. So I called her and asked her if there's anything I could do to help. We spoke for awhile, and guess what? I'll be paying the shelter a visit this weekend! Not sure what I can do yet, but I hope I can be useful! :)

To know how you can help too, click on this image!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thanks Shalline...

To my dear friend,

Thank you so much for meeting me and my husband today. I'm glad we get to catch up! :) Talking to you has always been fun, and now, we have Phil to talk crap with too! haha Ben and I really enjoyed our evening.

I'm sure we'd get to meet again. But this time, it shall be in Melbourne. What say you? ;)

Also, I'd like to thank you for sharing with me The Secret. Honestly, I didn't quite like the book. After flipping a few pages, I just put it aside and thought that it was a whole lotta bull HAHA But....when I watched the DVD, the experience was amazing...And I realised too, in some ways, it's true. We attract what we want to attract. Our minds are really that powerful, huh? :) (Did you know that I've long dreamt of going to Maldives and had had one of the islands in Maldives as my wallpaper before? It had came true :))

Those who didn't manage to read The Secret, try get a hold of it. Psst...MPH giving great discounts now hehe

But if you've read it and didn't enjoy it, maybe you'd want to try watch the DVD instead :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From Raja to Oscar

The book, Slumdog Millionaire, written by Vikas Swarup (who's a high-flying Indian diplomat btw) was called Q&A when it was first published. Swarup wasn't really happy with the change of names, but since it sold better, he let it go.

These are some astonishing facts I'd like to share with you:
1) The book was written in 4 months, 6 years ago (!!!)
2) It barely caused a ripple when it was first released in Singapore in 2005
3) Fewer than 100 people turned up for Swarup's reading in Singapore (Imagine those who went and got their books autographed!)
4) After the film's success, MPH has sold 15,000 copies since the start of last month
5) At a warehouse sale at MPH last year, the book was sold for only RM18.50 (The price is doubled now!)
6) The male protagonist's name in Q&A was Ram Mohammad Thomas, and not Jamal Malik

And I learned something from all this:
Believe in your passion and work on it with all your heart. Stop giving excuses to yourself. If you're already working on it, good on you! If it doesn't seem to be taking you anywhere, don't give up. You'll never know what God has prepared for you.

As they say, luck is when preparation meets opportunity :)

Images taken from: redhotfreebies.co.uk (Slumdog), fantasticfiction.co.uk (Q&A)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I'm Yours

I must, must share this with you :) Enjoy!



Dude, thx 4 sharing this!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pleasant Surprises

I had had such a great day today and am really excited to share it with you. All thanks to being a book lover! (Yes, this is my 2nd experience; the first being at a birthday party.)

Today, my hubby decided to bring me to SS2 Murni for lunch, since I heard the food there was great and kept pestering him to bring me there. So we ordered our drinks and I decided to order this weird-sounding food (forgot the name), then was told, 'Oh, Western petang baru ada' (Western food only available in the evening). I was soooooooo...extreeeeeemely disappointed! My hubby felt even worse, coz he'd have to bring me here again! (And he doesn't really like coming here at night :( ) So...I just drank my Milo kosong panas (plain hot Milo). Sulking, I tried hard to put in positive thoughts like: ok, at least now I know they serve Western food only at night. (the monk book

Then a petite lady, wearing something which looked a little like samfu, only her pants were 3/4 if I remembered correctly, passed me by, and sat at a table across ours, her back facing me. As she sat down and placed her food on the table, she took out something which caught my attention immediately. It looked as though a bright light was shining at it from above! Yes, SHE TOOK OUT A BOOK! This is seriously a rare sight I tell you. Especially in SS2. I was so excited and told my hubby I wanted to go and say Hi to her.

First he said, no, coz we were about to leave. Then I asked him, if we needed to go anywhere, he said no. So I said, 'Then, I want to go and say hi.' And so, I did! :)

I was praying hard she won't shoo me away, because when I greeted her with 'Hi (with a big grin on my face) I noticed you were reading just now, and I love books,' she looked at me rather disdainfully.

Then I said something like, 'Oh, I'm not trying to sell anything. Just that, I love reading too and I'm reading (I showed her the Monk book). Then, to my relief, she smiled.

I found out she's a book lover like me too! She said she usually brings a book with her everywhere she goes, and I replied enthusiastically, 'ME TOO!' (Almost jumped off my seat!) She told me later that she's an English and Literature lecturer in a private college in Subang Jaya. Oh oh, and....SHE THOUGHT I JUST GRADUATED FROM UNI! LOL! :D

After exchanging pleasantries, I apologised if I shocked her earlier on (saying Hi to a stranger all of a sudden, and being friendly, is not very 'Malaysian' if you noticed :P). She said, 'No. Not at all. It was really nice of you to come and say hi,' she smiled. She was probably in her 60's, and a very well-spoken lady too. We ended up exchanging numbers and email addresses. Isn't that awesome? :)

**** Part 2 ****

So that was part 1. It was really hot today, so after our lunch, we headed back. My hubby took a different route home to avoid the heavy traffic, or so I thought, because we ended up at another place. I asked him if we were stopping there coz he needed to buy something. He said no, and started walking ahead of me. I got so pissed coz it was hot, and I wanted to go home AND COMPLETE THE MONK BOOK! Then as we walked further, we passed by the old Lim Kok Wing building, and when I looked inside, I SAW SALES....MAGAZINES & BOOKS SALES. Then as we walked further, I saw this make-shift signboard: MPH WAREHOUSE SALES UP TO 70%!!!


I was elated, thanked him immediately, passed him my Monk book I was clutching just now, and headed in for my BIG HUNT :D I picked up quite a few books and was about to pay for them when I saw.........

THE WHOLE COLLECTION OF A Series of Unfortunate Events by LEMONY SNICKET for.....only......

RM336.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL HARDCOVER! With ALL THE ILLUSTRATIONS!

...I was in a dilemma: Buy all, or buy only the collection?

Due to my vow to tighten my belt, I bought only the collection, since I had been wanting to buy it ever since I saw the movie and read the first series.

I left the warehouse happy and satisfied heeeeeee (big grin)

** the end**


I hope you enjoyed your Saturday as much as I did. If not, try to make your next an enjoyable or memorable one by doing something different (nothing against the law pleease :P) because life is really full of surprises! and you only live once!

Image taken from: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/images/2008/04/25/festival_of_books.jpg

Friday, March 13, 2009

Always feeling tired?

Cheesy headline huh? haha Anyways, when I spoke to LS the other day, she mentioned to me this book called 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' by Robin S. Sharma, and that this author was coming to town. My dad had bought this book, my husband borrowed it, but nobody had read it yet. Truth to be told, I'm not a fan of such books. I thought they all beginning to sound the same. The last self-help book I read was eons ago.

So anyways, since this was a much talked-about book, and seemed like a simple read, I thought I'd give it a try. The start was quite a drag. It didn't "wow" me. But I didn't want to give up on it just yet, because I wanted to know what I could learn from it. And I wasn't disappointed.

This book is about this lawyer who had had a near-death experience, sold off all his possessions and headed off to India, where he found "enlightenment".

Let me start off with these passages:
"'...Have you had an afternoon at the office where you were reading your dry case reports and your mind started to wander and you started to feel sleepy?'

'From time to time,' I answered........'Sure, most of us feel drowsy at work on a regular basis.'

'Yet, if a friend calls on the phone to ask if you want to go out to the ball game that night, or asks you for advice on his golf game, I have no doubt that you would spring to life. Every trace of your fatigue would vanish. Is that a fair assessment?'

Now, if you agree to the above, read on...

'So your tiredness was nothing more than a mental creation, a bad habit your mind has cultivated to act as a crutch when you are performing a tedious task. Tonight you are obviously enchanted with my story and keen to learn the wisdom that has revealed to me. Your interest and mental focus give you energy. This evening, your mind has not been in the past nor has it been in the future. It has been squarely focused on the present, on our conversation. When you consistently direct your mind to live in the present you will always have boundless energy, no matter what time the clock reflects.'"

Ever noticed when we do something that we love or are passionate about, we could do it for hours and hours, without feeling tired? For example, a shopaholic could shop for hours without feeling an ounce of tiredness. I know people who could shop for the entire day without resting their legs, but when it comes to working at the desk from 9am - 5pm, they'd complain they're tired.

My ex-colleague once asked me, how I could spend time reading even after slogging for hours at work? I didn't have an answer, so I just told her I don't know. It never really occurred to me, though, that I could do it, because I loved doing it, and I focused all my energy on it.

Here's another thing I found interesting:
'The secret to happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. If you study the happiest, healthiest, most satisfied people of our world, you will see each and everyone of them has found their passion in life, and then spent their day pursuing it. Once you are concentrating your mind and energy on a pursuit that you love, abundance flows into your life, and all your desires are fulfilled with ease and grace." (Check out these movies: The Freeedom Writers and The Pursuit of Happyness. Or read this book: The Measure of A Man by Sidney Poitier)

And then you say, 'I so busy...where got time to sit down and reflect on my life? And think about all these nonsense passion crap?'

This author has the answer to that too :P
'"My friend, saying that you don't have time to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don't have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving. Eventually it will catch up with you."'

This is quite an inspiring read especially if you haven't gotten in touch with your 'inner' self for a long time or if you're still in search of something :)

Pa, I'm almost done with the book. I'll return it to you once I'm done k hehe

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

To Blog or Not To Blog...

I just spoke to a dear friend on the phone today who truly inspired me. We've known each other for not too long, but we work in the same industry, so we share some common interests. Chatting with her today has really inspired and motivated me to keep this blog going. (Not that I was planning to end it or whatever lah haha) But sometimes I do question myself; Why on earth am I doing this? Not that it has a group of followers like some other blogs...or am I paid to do this.

See, keeping a blog alive isn't easy, especially when you're tied up with other things. You need commitment. And you don't earn a single sen from this, unless of course if you're some famous blogger who's paid to travel and write stuff, and your visitors are by the thousands per day. My brother always says, "Ay I think you should follow their style lah. Write what people wanna read." And I'd always give him the same answer, "What they want to read isn't what I like or want to write about." And apparently, the stuff I like to write don't interest many people.

So it does sometimes feel kinda stupid. When I blog, I do feel like I'm talking to myself at times haha except when my crazy frenz comment stuff on the chat box. That really make my day! :)

Crap I'm digressing.

Back to topic. Anyway, today, my dear friend asked me, why I don't keep a visitors counter. I told her I did, but decided to take it out, because once upon a time, a friend gave his two cents worth, "Ay you put counter ah...it's a double edge sword la. Good when you have a group of followers and you can 'show off'. But what if you have only like a few of them? Not embarrassing ah?" After giving it a thought, I decided to take it out. Coz yeah, it is kinda embarrassing if people say: Huh? This pathetic blogger only have like 10 visitors per day? Laugh. Laugh.

Then she asked me, "But does it matter to you? Why did you set up this blog anyway?" I told her, "To write what I'm passionate about and to share it with others. So yeah, why should it matter whether this blog has many followers or not."

I was really touched when she told me she follows my blog regularly, and it made her get in touch with reading again, and to also check out Murakami's stuff ;) (woopee!)

So at the end of the day, I guess that's what truly matters - to share my passion with the people I love, in the hope that it'd make a difference in their lives as it did mine :)

Thanks LS, for you inspired this *huggz*

Image taken from: http://www.clipartguide.com/_small/0003-0702-2218-5734.jpg

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger is set in the 1940s in New York. The story is narrated by a 17 year old boy named Holden Caufield, who has just been expelled from his school, Pencey Prep, which is his fourth school after failing out of three others. Before the school term ended, he took a train to New York, decided not to return home for he was afraid to break the news to his parents, and spent the next three days roaming aimlessly around New York City.

Throughout the three days, he met some pretty interesting characters like the pimp, the prostitute, the two nuns (whom he quite liked), the cabbies (who both thought Holden was a nutcase), and dated his girlfriend, Sally. Holden is quite a bitter teenager, who basically doesn't like anything and anyone, except probably for his deceased brother, Allie, and his sister whom he affectionately calls old Phoebe. Oh and Jane too, someone whom he could emphatise with because she had also lost a family member. Besides them, everything and everyone else are "phonies" - a term used quite often throughout his narration.

Profanities is one of the languages Holden spoke best. He is one helluva cynical teenager full of teenage angst, paranoia and distrust. At one point, he thought his ex school teacher, Mr. Antolini, was trying to take advantage of him when he gave a pat on Holden's forehead while he was asleep (Holden put up a night at Mr. Antolini's because he had nowhere else to go). Well, he could be right, but we'll never know because we were only told that much.

Like the author, Holden loves children. When Phoebe asked what he wanted to do with his life, he said he wanted to be the catcher in the rye (the title was taken from a line in Robert Burn's song), someone who rescues kids from falling off the cliff on a field of rye, then sends them back to play.

Overall, it's quite an entertaining story told in a colloquial manner. It has some funny bits too. One of my favourite parts is at the final part of the story, where the psychoanalyst asked Holden if he was going to apply himself when he goes back to school. Holden thought it was such a stupid question. He said, "I mean, how do you know what you're going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don't. I think I am, but how do you know? I swear it's a stupid question." I really thought that was brilliant!

Picking this up for a read would probably bring you nostalgic memories of your teenage days haha :P

The book image was taken from: http://ww.fbley.de/img/b_catcher.jpg

East of the Sun by Julia Gregson

East of the Sun by Julia Gregson won the Romantic Novel of the Year, so I thought of checking it out, since it’s been sleeping on my bookshelf for a couple of months already. Some of you may already know I don’t dig romantic novels and chic lit. I have this impression that they all have cheesy story lines and cliché endings of happily ever after. And this novel proved me right. Maybe this is the only way to satisfy a romantic reader’s insatiable hunger for a good ending. Although I wasn’t really happy that there was a happy ending (I was really expecting some sort of a twist), I did however, enjoy the ride.

This story mainly revolves around three girls; Rose who was 19, the youngest of the lot; Victoria, or affectionately known as Tor, who was in her mid 20s (I can’t remember her exact age); and Viva (whose character takes most part of this novel) who were all on a trip to India for different reasons. Rose – to get married to a man she hardly knew; Tor her bridesmaid, who was glad that she could finally escape her mom’s clutches, and hoped to find a husband there; and Viva, Tor’s chaperone, to collect a trunk left by her deceased family. What they weren’t aware of, was the boundless adventures that were ahead of them. What’s a romantic novel without the men right? Here, we have a young boy, named Guy, who was also under Viva’s care. He was a very disturbed teenager who was about to meet his parents in India. Then we have the ever-charming doctor Frank, who was sent to India on an assignment.

The first quarter of the book tells about their stay on the ship that brings them to India. You’d also be introduced to the main characters that would shape the story. The plot thickens once they arrive in India, as you’ll discover that India wasn’t about to turn these ladies’ dreams come true, and things weren’t exactly what they should be.

Did I like it entirely? This is my first romantic novel, so I can’t really compare. It was to me, a slow unfurling read. I’d suggest you read this at night when everything else is quiet because its strong descriptions and narrations of India would transport you right to the place almost as immediate as the characters arrive. But to be honest, it wasn’t an unputdownable read for me, probably because I’m not much of a romantic. But here’s the thing, even if you haven’t read the book for days, you’d remember where you stopped without placing a bookmark because the story and images are vividly expressed.

Image of the book is taken from: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Books/Pix/pictures/2009/02/04/215east.gif

Saturday, March 7, 2009

My All Time Favourites

These are some of my all-time favourite reads:

1) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Can someone GIVE me "Girl, Interrupted" please please? I've exceeded my book budget *sob sob* Yes, I HAVE A BOOK BUDGET >P)

2) Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah (You'll cry, laugh, feel the rage, sense of loss and betrayal...I'll never forget the range of emotions I went through when I read this book)

3) Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (the suspense was good)

4) Totto Chan (highly recommended to those who "hardly have time to read")

5) Hurting Distance by Sophie Hannah

6) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

7) The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

8) The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (touching and inspiring)

9) The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley (I don't exactly remember the story, but I remember liking it alot, especially the drawings.)

10) My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

How Often Do We Listen?

There's a reason why God gave us one mouth and one pair of ears and eyes. In my opinion, it's because He wants us to talk lesser (talking excessively can cause chaos. Just look at what's happening recently. Even the newspaper's getting "noisy"!), and to observe and listen more. (Some may disagree to this) Anyway, I came across this interview with American Idol's Scott MacIntyre recently, when he was one of the top 12 this week, and his answer to one of the questions, reminded me the importance of listening.

Q
: How did you feel about Simon criticizing the lyrics of the song you chose?

A: I didn't hear what he was saying at first, and I actually had an answer for that. It was probably good I didn't interrupt him anyways (and how many of us practice this??), because he went on to say something very positive (Thanks to listening. You'll never know what the person might say next!). The lyrics of the Bruce Hornsby song, first of all, they are great lyrics, and Simon needs to get with it. [Laughs.] Bruce Hornsby's amazing, and I love Simon to death, but I chose that song because it's the only song I know that talks about listening. You know, "Listen to the mandolin rain." Listening to people's hearts break, listening to the tears roll. Listening is such a big part of my world, I thought it was the perfect song to start off this whole live venture.

(For more, go to: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1606418/20090305/story.jhtml)

Listening can help lessen miscommunications and misunderstandings, two of the most common cause of many problems.

*Scott's Image is taken from: blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/scottmac.jpg*

Monday, March 2, 2009

What On Earth Are We Doing?



This conference was in 1992. The people clapped, and teared...but has anything changed? If you've noticed the drastic weather changes, you'd get your answer. If you've not taken steps to do something about this, shame on you.

Thanks Adryan, for sharing this!

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