Archive for November, 2009

Kellie’s Castle

I visited Kellie’s Castle with Hippo on Nov 8th.


Teddy bears are cute; real bears are less cute; but this bear-face-like tree tumor is spooky…..


Can’t M*laysian be better than these?

(1) Source: Internet

(2) Laminated A4 paper! (We have somewhat consistent system, similar practice observed at National Zoo….) And do look at the vandalism…

(3) Read: “The spirit of xxx still believed to be wonderingaround this corridor”


Venting frustration

Working at a sleepy town like Sg. Siput, the weekly night market adds a little spice to our mundane life.  My colleagues and I have made it a routine to loiter at the night market after work on Wednesdays.


My mood to further dawdle at the night market has been totally spoilt last week for the rude service provided by the “lut-lut” stall which we visit almost every week.


I could still hardly calm my fury the day after the incident and to vent my frustration, I then made this indignant leaflet and sent via email to all my Chinese colleagues at my site office. I laughed my heart out together with a few colleagues who witnessed the incident at the draft of the leaflet and I really felt better after that.


1 of my colleagues risked his life to snap the photo for me


A good way to vent frustration! No????

Kuala Gula Trip-Part 1

Tempted by this website, 4 colleagues and I have our hearts set to visit the mangrove forest on Oct 25th.


We followed the directions given by our Garmin until a point where we were at least 20km into the oil palm plantation and saw a sign of trespassers-will-be-shot.


“Better don’t proceed! Later we get shot!” Chalor urged.

“The GPS is showing that the forest is somewhere ahead of this earth track…” I said. After 5 minutes into driving, the map was showing off road message and it started to keep on repeating the “recalculating” tone. Teetering on the brink of giving up the plan of visiting the mangrove forest and opted for Taiping Zoo instead, Yi Hao said he had to answer the call of nature, so we stopped by at the Hua Seng Keng temple.


I was staring at this banner while someone handed me a leaflet about the day tour available. One of the places to be visited was the mangrove forest! What a providence!  We happily settled with the RM70-day-tour package.


First stop of the day: Hua Seng Keng temple

I must say this is a temple of technologies (ok, maybe I’m ignorant…)!

Case 1:  


Kneel and you’ll be rewarded with the holy water!

Case 2:


Automated bell and drum! Make a donation and then you could hear the “tuk-tuk-qiang” by pressing a button

We still had fun, albeit we were at the 18-level-Hell!

I called this “Afterlife building”; the upstairs=heaven; the downstairs=hell

I was trying to tickle the 马面…

白无常 & Yi Hao: *tongue out* 

Yi Hao’s query: *pointing at the statue with the upper body naked* How come there’s somemone from Paleolithic era???

My answer: He lived long enough to die only during one of the Chinese dynasty…

We disported ourselves jadedly merrily by posing with the sculptures…

Initially, my colleagues were all smiles before the shot, then I said we must show terrified face as we were about to be gulped down by the dragon!

Seeing Yi Hao’s pose, people might think that he’s the next-life of one of the 四大天王!

Yi Hao’s trying to peep under 观音’s skirt!

Wearied by constant posing and laughing, we were then brought to Restoran Wan Ling for lunch.

Lunch included in our tour package, but we had to pay for the drinks ourselves!

…/Part 2

I spot you, creativity!

Series #9 Light bulb reuse!

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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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

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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
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“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
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