Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Something To Think About

The first thing that greeted me when I went up the hill overlooking Songkhla Bay were these words. It suddenly struck me that these were the exact words my wife said to me for umpteen times. She must have either read it somewhere or she must have thought about it very deeply.

I think it was more like having thought about it for a long time. Christine is a very practical person. Sometimes she can be repeating the same thing over and over again but I guess that's only natural. My friend tells me that women are all like that. Now that my daughters are grown up they are also like that. But I suppose it is all a matter of getting use to.

I like it when my brother in law tells his wife " Just let it go ". Englishman too suffers the same agony just like me. This is probably international.

I recall Elaine telling me a few days ago that I should stop having beers and refrain from smoking. Having a beer or two had always been my passion. Smoking, well, maybe not too often now.

She asked me " Daddy, do you know how the body feels when you inhale the cigarette smoke ? " I said well it's like a relaxant. Noooo!!!!! its like standing inside a burning house fill with black choking smoke and that is how the body feels like.

Now that is an awful thought. I must have been exposing my body to so many burning houses. Sometimes 10 burning houses in a day.

Perhaps that's why i need to put out the fire. I drink beer when I smoke. Just to put out the fire - nothing else. Honestly !!! wink! wink!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What a Wonderful World

When I clear my mind, open my eyes. Think of the good things I have done in my life. I see a wonderful world. I see my family in unity. I see my life in peace. This is what I call living.
What is the point of constantly arguing over little little things. There is no point in trying to be better than your neighbours. So long as we are happy with what we have nobody can take that away from us.

Malaysian Cuisine is simply delicious

Cooking is a passion. Cooking is an art. I am still trying to create a signature dish. I use to go for quantity but now I know its quality that counts.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Beautiful City of Kuala Lumpur

Sometimes you hear of people complaining how terrible it is to stay in Kuala Lumpur or for that matter Malaysia. But if one is a traveller like me there is always no place like home. Malaysia will always be the best.

I love places like Japan, China, Thailand. Australia, South Africa, Canada, US and Europe but it is not like home. Home is where we grew up and it is where we know the inside out of everything. Try staying in China for a month and we will be craving for the laksa and cha koey teow.

Things here are also comparatively cheap compared to say Thailand where I just came back a few days ago. Some like to go to Thailand for the massage and the Tom Yum and the Spa but after a while it gets boring. For me I never get bored with the happenings in KL.

The view from my apartment in KL gives you and idea of what its like in KL. Five minutes from my apartment is Bukit Bintang and the rock and roll goes on until 2 in the morning. You don't have to get drunk to enjoy. Try Elcerdo where they serve the piglet from nose to tail ( Spainish style ) It is absolutely delicious.

So if anyone is looking forward to a nice friendly new government with Male Cabinet Ministers wearing a white, green or checkered bandage on their head and female ones with a batman outfit. As the Americans say " I'm getin outta ere ". By the way this is my personal view. Some may like it.

Maybe if that happens then I may move my base of operation to China and spend more time there where its now experimenting with Capitalistic form of Communism. Believe me it is not bad lah !!!

Food for thought!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chinese New Year - Going away time

Each year seem to pass by so fast and this is Chinese New Year again. Normally for workers this time of the year they will look forward to the generous employer who will give them a bonus and ang pow. For the Employer this is the time of the year they have to make a hard and tough decision as to how much to give or not to give.

I called up a few days ago to a Tour Agent to ask for information concerning the Matta Fair and the respond was " No idea ". When I asked them the second question, the answer was again - " no idea " but in a more sacarstic tone. I can't imagine how much was his bonus or whether he got one.

When I was running my legal firm, I always made sure that each and every one of my staff gets a minimum of one month, even though the business was bad. When times were good I gave 4 months.

We've got what we wanted more or less. So I always say give and thou shall receive. Give what we think we can and not to the extent of suffering and depriving ourselves.

I know of someone who is always asking for money and it never stops. What they do with the money? Gambling habit. It is a disease worse than death because it is suffering, eternal suffering. So I hope that this disease will not befall any of my family. I know of a Doctor. He is now bearing a burden because of his gambling habit. Imagine a Doctor. What a waste.

Happy New Year !!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Time - Chasing after Time.

Today I got up at 7-30am as usual and sent Pauline to school at 8-30am. I wanted to rush down to the Chinese Embassy to get back my visa latest by 9-30am but the traffic was so terrible outside Summit. Normally I take that way. Not that I wanted to, Christine and I had breakfast - Penang Curry Mee. Wow loading myself with Carbo. We normally share one bowl. Prices have gone up compared to those days when it costs about RM2-50 a bowl. Nasi lemak was 50 cents. That was when I started out as a lawyer. Those were the days when time was hard and money hard to come by. Not that now it is easy. Still hard. I think that's why they call it hard currency. Finally managed to get out of Subang and arrived at the Chinese Embassy. 10-30am. I had to park outside Wisma MCA along the road where the yellow line was so obvious. Everybody was giving me the looks as they drive past me. But the only consolation is that in front of me there is another car or two and behind me another car. After a while i just pretend I am invincible. Rushed down to my weekend apartment in Bukit Ceylon, got the files and made a dash for the TNB. Surprisingly traffic wasn't that bad. By the time everything got sorted out it was already 1-30pm. Had lunch at Sungei Way few doors away from Public Bank. Claypot Chicken rice. Don't go there ever!!!!. The Claypot Chicken Rice was yukky!!!.No taste and the rice was mushy. The guy that made the claypot chicken rice also looked like he forgot to take a shower. For at least a week. To compensate for this the officer at Public Bank was extremely helpful. Helped us settle a bit, the easiest way possible and even printed out detail breakdown of statements of account. Finally made one circle and is back in Subang USJ by 3-00pm sharp. Got to do some affirmation. It's National Service really. Can't make money out of affirmation as a Commissioner for Oaths. Believe me. Manage to talk to a client by 3-30pm and off to Giant Putra Height to get some stuff so that Christine can cook my favourite Curry Chicken. By the time finish shopping had to rush down to fetch Pauline from school at 5-00pm. It was raining ... nope... pouring. So at 5-40pm happiness. Free rain water which I pump the water out from my pool outside the house to wash the two cars, car porch, front entrance and walkway. i love water - especially when it is free. Always build a big pool outside your house to collect rain water. Manage to take a nice warm shower by 6-30pm, Hot water is free too cos i got a solar water heater on my roof top. Dinner by 7-00pm and write my Blog by 7-30pm. Now I am having my tea with milk. English tea imported from England. Well.... errrr. Evelyn left it behind when she went back to London. Her luggage was too heavy already. I just love it. Mey Mey wants me to fetch her from her friends house and Elaine wants me to accompany her to buy her food stuff to bring back to Indonesia. Being a good daddy I dutifully and happily said OK. Now my maid Martinez just brought me my fungus tea and said " Sir, Maam wants you to finish this horrible stuff that taste like urine - not that I have tasted urine -which I will not drink for a million years " Ha!!! Ha!!! Just joking. She just said " Sir, Maam the tigress of Malaya, said drink up now and she mean now, or she will come up and pump it down your throat " How's that for a full day.

Starting My Blog - First Ever

My First Ever Blog, I see that everyone had got a blog so why not. Might be interesting now that I have a lot more time. Many things I see and many things I do but does not get published. Maybe people might find my blog interesting.