Saturday, December 29, 2007

What a year!

Again, it's time for us to ponder and think of all that we have done and all that has happened in the whole 2007. It's been a crazy year.

Personally, I got married. Then my mom left us. It was a shocking sad experience for all of us. But we managed to pull through, thanks to our relatives and friends who guided us through this rough period.

Within our country, ups and downs. Wong Mew Choo made us proud by winning her 1st title, the China Open. We also finished 2nd in the Korat Asean Games. On the downside, Nurin was sexually assaulted and killed in a beasty way. Another girl from Penang, forgotten her name...was killed my her mom's boyfriend, then burned! Shame on u, motherfucka. There has been a few street demonstations, which led to a few arrests. Mat Rempits are more daring these days, racing on the roads despite road blocks being held more often by our fellow policemen. Snatch thief also more daring, more and more cases of citizens injured in snatch cases.

Globally, I'd say, there are just too many happenings. The latest being suicide bombing at Pakistan which killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She managed to avoid death in the 1st attempt by her enemies few weeks earlier, but not everyday is Sunday la.... Suicide bombing is the latest and current trend used by extremists and terrorists in killing their enemies. It proved efficient, but I wonder how these people managed to psycho their followers to just give up everything, especially their OWN LIFE? Phew....what a crazy world...

Anyway, it's the end of the year. I believe many people are taking a long holiday. So am I!!! In just 4 hours, I'll be flying to Korea. It's my 2nd time there, this time for my belated honeymoon. Well, my wife and I are really looking forward to this trip. Hopefully, we don't freeze too much over there and start to regret going during winter.

I still gotta pack, while waiting for my chauffer to arrive. "Chauffer"...u know who u are. Haha.... Thanks a lot man.....and Happy Holidays & Happy New Year 2008.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Weekend Outing

Manage to go back to Melaka last weekend, to meet up with my childhood buddies.

After work, drove down straight away. No jam, but arrived late. Had dinner at Bei Zhan Restaurant, the food there not bad. There were 10 of us, Mick, Myke, Chris, Jason, John, Kia Hau, Alan & wife, Damian and me. Those fellas were lucky to have reached earlier, and played a round of futsal. After dinner, we lepak'ed at Sports Bar. Quite a nice place, minus the noisy music. Watched Liverpool trashed Pompey 4-1. Happy that Mike Lim and Desmond joined us for a few drinks. It's been so many years since we last met Mike Lim. He's in UK now, lecturing; while Desmond is in KL, with Sunway Group. We played pool and dart. Poor John lost the dart game and had to pay for supper, the usual dim sum that we frequent.

Sunday, we were supposed to play tennis in the morning, but as usual, our plan never always come true. Everyone was too tired. So we met at Dr Fabian's house instead. Dr Fabian's daughter, Chong Kar Yee celebrated her 1st b'day. Congrats to Fab. One daughter now, another kid on the way...Phew...u really work hard la... Me and Jason, were supposed to leave earlier, but the traffic in Seremban was bad, so we stayed till 11+. Drove back side by side, reached KL around 1.30am.

It was a tiring weekend, but overall, a nice one. We managed to have X'mas gathering every year, without fail. Hopefully, next year will be a better one, with a few additional members to the family. Fyi, Myke's wife is expecting a baby, due in June. Congrats to u too man...

Looks like I gotta work hard too....hehehehhe....

By the way, I guess none of us took any photo of our gathering this time...altho most of our phones are equipped cameras....sigh....

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter Solstice Festival

Jennifer Tan sent me this video...it's kinda cute, and it happens everyday. Misunderstanding due judging another person too soon. Have you experienced it before? And then spend hours or days explaining.... Let's just face it, life is tough indeed....

Today is a special festival for the Chinese. It's the Winter Solstice Festival. It's also know as the Winter Festival in China. Small little glutinous rice dumplings (tangyuan) is offered. It's a time for family gatherings.

I, myself, am also going home. I'll be meeting my dad and brothers, then join my frens for a bbq. It's been quite some time since my frens and I had a gathering. I really look forward to this gathering.

X'mas is near, I'd like to wish my readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I'll be away this New Year. Where to? I'm not gonna tell you yet. Surprise is good sometimes....

Enjoy your holiday ya....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Time Flies

It's been 2 long weeks that I did not blog. Phew....time really flies. I hardly have time to even check my mails. Frankly speaking, I've been really busy. It's end of the year once again. X'mas is just around the corner, so is New Year 2008. As for me, I have deadlines for my project. We are rushing to handover the houses to the purchasers. Worse still, it rains almost everyday here.

Okay....let's catch up on all the happenings these past 2 weeks.

Last Sat, we(my brothers) went home. It's the 7th week of my mom's passing away. Sunday morning, we got up at 6.30am, went to the pasar borong to buy some fishes(keli, in Cantonese is Sang Yue). We proceded to the Durian Tunggal Dam, made some prayers, then let free of the fishes. We believe this will bring good merits to my late mother, wishing that she might not be reborn into this cruel world again, or if she is being rebirth, may she rebirth onto the higher plane of existance. This is the believe of the Buddhists.

At almost noon, we went to the Jelutong Columborium, waited for the monk to arrive, and had some prayers. Altho we are all still sad that this misfortune has happened to us, still, we chit chatted with all relatives who came on that day. We proceeded to have vegetarian lunch, then waved bye bye to all who came.

At night, after saying good bye to my dad, we left. I could remember seeing my dad as a cheerful man 2 months back. He used to crack jokes and all would laugh. But things has changed. He has more white hair than before. He is very much quieter than before. And seldom put a smiling face in front of us. He really changed a lot. Physically, I mean. I could feel the environment in the house not as warm before. I really hope all these negative impacts will go away soon. I'm not blaming anyone, just that I feel it's different nowadays. Sigh....how I wish I could go home and enjoy mom's home cook food......and chit chat with mom and dad like we used to be....

Well, mom, you have been a great mom. We will never forget you, in our lifetime. We will cherish you, and remember all the good things that you have taught us. You are the best mom in the whole wide world. Thank you mom......

Other happenings....I bought a Christmas Tree....still got no time to decorate it. Will do my X'mas shopping later in the week. Hopefully Teluk Intan got nice and cute decos to hang on the tree.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Miss World 2007

Congrats to Zhang Zilin from China for being crowned Miss World 2007.

I did not watch the finals event but from the photos, I can see that she looks quite normal. I was expecting our really beautiful (maybe the most beautiful of all Malaysian contestants over the years) Boleh-sian Miss Deborah Priya Henry to be in the top 3 but she only lasted the last 16.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say here is, most contest in China thesedays has lost it's spark. It's a beauty contest, but the most beautiful did not win. And in the badminton China Open and Hong Kong open lately, there have been some bad calls by the umpire, even when the linesman did say the opposite. I'm quite worried by this upcoming 'unfriendly' and 'unsportsmanship' trend. Next year is the Olympics, and hosted by Beijing. If this dishonest and unfair decisions are being brought into the Olympics, then I think it's really going to be a big problem to the host country. I'm not gonna complain much here 'cos here in Malaysia, it happened too. Remember Andrea Fonseka? Those who do not know or forgotten about it, just google it thru.

It doesn't matter wether it's about me being a Malaysian or of Chinese background. I was born here and grew up here as a Boleh-sian. I believe there have been some racial incidents lately, but there is nothing that will stop us living harmoniously in a multi racial country like what we've been doing for the past 50 years. No matter what, I'm still up for fair game. IBF, do something about it ya....