Archive for April, 2008

Immune system breakdown

 My falling-sick-log book:-


24th – food poisoning day 1: headache, nausea, fever

25th– food poisoning day 2

26th– migraine: headache, nausea, non-stop sweating

27th– runny nose

28th– flu: sore throat, runny nose, fatigue…

Am I dying?


Income tax!



Ah Kao’s only earning RM 40,000 per annum.

Misfortune befell on him that he was diagnosed with CANCER! He poured RM 60,000 for his medical treatment throughout the year of 2007. Not only had he finished all his salaries, he also borrowed money from friends and family.


Worse still, by 30 April 2008, he still needs to pay income tax!


How pitiful is that???? Don’t you think there should be a way for him to get away with the tax?

Counting blessing…

Blunder at work

I was showing my boss an organization chart.

He then cracked up, “This statement doesn’t sound right…”

Rupa-rupanya I abbreviated “xxx in association with yyy” to “xxx in ass. with yyy” due to space constraint.

Kinabalu Trip – Part 2: My worst nightmare ever

Trust me when I say Sue and I make the best partner! Haha!  We complement each other, just like how my following blog completes hers.


On 22nd March – crawling my way up to Laban Rata


With my myopic eye power of 200, the fascinating rainbow was still visible from the balcony of our room at Rose Cabin!

Rainbow on your left! It reminded me over an old adage: the best things in life are FREE!


When we reached the I-forgot-what-hut, fatigue in body and mind, I saw a space next to where our guide was sitting, without any hesitation; I spontaneously sat on the tree trunk.


Aiyo! Ahmoi! Seluar kamu kena tahi tupai-tupai sudah!”


Yuckssss!!!!! Then I scurried for water supply to get rid of the yucky matter off my pants. Once I came out from the toilet, I shouted aloud, “I HATE SQUIRREL!” and all the people witnessing my misfortune burst into laughter.

I hate squirrel!!!!


It was at another I-forgot-what-hut that we were having a break. We saw a squirrel. Sue then asked, “Was that a squirrel anyway?”


“If it’s not a squirrel, then chipmunk it is!” I replied.


“No, it’s a RAT!” a humorous reply from the angmoh.


The transition of my level of energy went like these along my trail up to Laban Rata:-


5 minutes into the climb from Mersilau: I started to pant…

After Layang-layang: Lactic acid was forming… steps getting heavier…

1 km to reach Laban Rata: body fully manipulated by fatigue

500m to reach Laban Rata: I swore to myself that I WON’T JOIN ANY HIKING TRIP ANYMORE!!!

Wuu …. I wanna go home… I swear I WON’T JOIN ANY HIKING TRIP ANYMORE!!!!


Pity Sue! Actually she could go as fast as a rocket, but she slowed down to match with my pace… how sweet!

Introducing PEREMPUAN KUAT UNTUK 2008, TEO SUE CING!!!!!! See the difference? When I was almost half dead, she still can squeeze a smile!

This was actually her 1st official hiking trip! Impressive?

When we finally reached the Laban Rata Rest House, we needed to hustle for our hot shower, dinner and also the via ferrata briefing. I was so exhausted and very IMPATIENT! I did not comprehend why the impatience, I wikipedia-ed, it’s not the symptom of altitude sickness… I think my “blaze of impatience” almost burned Sue… Sorry, Sue!

I couldn’t sleep well that night too… was dreaming something bad about the twilight climb…

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Gonna miss all of you!

I would like to dedicate this blog to all those at PZKR.

April 2nd marked the end of my secondment. I really feel heavy to leave the firm: leaving behind the laughter and joy, and the warmth as well! How often you get to have this kind of treatment: knowing that you are unhappy, 4 “ma lat lou” bring you for dinner and while trying to cheer you up, they offer all sorts of advices?

Hopefully you guys will on and off miss my “不好笑咯!”or “有po甘ge树?”or even “apa lu mau?”

I nicknamed almost everyone at my department! (except the bosses) 

This is my sifu, Ms. Lye Lama (to rhyme with Dalai Lama)… hehe

Espirit de corps!!! We all use the same brand of bottle! Same volume some more! It’s so obvious to tell which one is the black sheep, rite?

Some of them like to append messages to my “post-it-corner” 

With papa!  both of us share so many things in common!

Yum sheng session on new year eve!

At annual dinner: old cucumber standing; seated from left: oyster, tbhan, lim ah pek

With PCC and tbhan

You, you and you! I know you are reading my blog!  MUST keep in touch! Feel free to abduct me for lunch on Fridays!

I spot you, creativity!

Creative job recruitment ad!

Reflection of the day

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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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Ich lese….

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The time keeper by Mitch Albom

The art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Fresh Start by John Chapman

Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
When you travel, it’s not like you take a part of each place away with you; rather, it’s as if you leave a part of yourself there, like a part of you forever belongs to that place – the time, the people, and the things you saw; and over time, it gets burned deeper into your soul - by anonymous