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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Perspectives | No comments:



When I was putting my son to sleep an hour ago, I was reminded again on how lucky I am to be gifted with a loving son. He may not be perfect to others, but he is perfect in my eyes and I couldn’t and wouldn’t have asked for more.

My son was holding my hand tightly and I can see that he is afraid that I would be gone when he wakes up the next day. And recently he has been asking me “Mamy, ma zai khi to lok?” (Mommy, where are we going tomorrow?) before he sleeps. It probably gives him an assurance that I will be there when I told him our plans for tomorrow.

My heart aches whenever I think about the emotional roller coaster that he has to go through at such tender age. What was on his mind whenever I told him that mommy is leaving for work tomorrow? He probably doesn’t understand the why his mommy needs to go to work yet. But hopefully he will be able to understand that mommy is deeply saddened too whenever mommy has to leave. And every time mommy leaves, she left with tears falling from her eyes.

Back in KL, friends and colleagues would have told me how lucky I was because I have all the free time to myself after work as my son is with my mom in Butterworth and I only see them once a month. Truthfully, if I have a choice, if we are more financially stable, I would have bring them back to stay with me in KL or I would rather move back to my small hometown to be with them.

That got me think about how funny life perspectives can be, one simple action or choice can mean so much different to people. It may look good on one hand but it may be a torture on the other. And we may never know what it is like unless we experience both sides ourselves. Which is why, it is important to always put ourselves in others’ shoes and I need to keep in mind to not judge people on the decision that they made as deep down, there must be a valid reason why they would make such decision.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Do You Believe in Spirits or Lost Souls? | No comments:

Photo credits to Rap Genius
According to Taoism and Buddhism, every 14th of the 7th lunar month marks the opening of hell gate. Which means, the lost souls will be out and about the street, hunting for food and to pay the livings an annual visit. I am not sure how it works or if the deceased needs any permit to go out but you can learn more about it on Wikipedia.

And this festival is what triggered me to write this post, I consider myself as a modern generation-Y girl who are rebellious towards traditional superstitions (or in my opinion stupistitions because some of them can be really ridiculous). But, I do believe in the existence of spirits, whether they come out or not during a particular month, but I believe that they are always around.

Since young , I have been told not to talk nonsense when I go to unfamiliar places, especially secluded ones such as mountains, island resorts and etc. Because the elderly believe that, if you talk about them, it will be regarded as an invitation for them to join the conversation.

Which is why I have a few things that I will not do and will forbid my family or friends from doing it when we are on a trip.
  1. Tell/ watch horror stories
  2. Talk anything related to it
  3. Play stupid games such as the Ouija board
  4. Drink alcohol, I refuse to drink in places that I am not familiar with. Not only I am afraid of the unseen, I am also scared of the humans who would take advantage or harm you when you are vulnerable.
So I can be quite bossy when it comes to this sort of things. Because I am sure no one would want to have an additional passenger in the car when you are on your way home. Prevention is better than cure right?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Girl's Weekend Getaway at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort | No comments:


Months ago, my friend extended her invitation to a complimentary 1 night stay in Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort. We jumped with joy upon knowing and started our planning way ahead of the trip.

I was especially ecstatic because if you've seen my previous post, this would be my first ever road trip with friends. 

 We had a really great time throughout the trip. And as all four of us clicked so well, the journey to me, was really memorable and this trip made me cherish our friendship even more.

I will talk about the trip in details once I get my hands on all the photos (which will probably take a month) as most of the photos are in my friend's phone.

For now, let me end this post with a #selfie taken on a buggy while on our way to check out.

clementine cheah, avani sepang goldcoast resort

Friday, August 08, 2014

First Road Trip! | No comments:


I am so excited! Tomorrow I will be going on a road trip with my colleagues. The last time I had a road trip with my friends was.. well, I can't recall because there was none. :S Yups for the first time ever, I will be going out without my mom's supervision and husband's supervision. Just us girls having a great trip together. (This made me sound like a small kid going to my first school trip..tsk)

For the past few weeks, I have been planning what to wear, what to bring, planned our food because food can be expensive in tourist areas so we planned to have steamboat in our balcony which has a full sea view. Can you imagine how lovely the steamboat session is going to be. Girls chat, delicious steamboat, wind blowing your hair sexily, champagne..yums..I can't wait

Yes, when I said I have been planning, it was a full checklist in excel sheet categorised by clothes, food, toiletries, electronic gadgets..yeah the whole long list.

I've even shared this exciting news with my mom, much to her objection. The first thing she said was, why didn't you object? Who are your friends? Bla bla bla..and after some persuasion, she finally agreed with a condition that I have to call her every 2-3 hours to report my whereabout.

The husband on the other hand has been reminding me on things that I should bring. "Did you prepare a first aid box?" Oh yes I did, and in fact I had gone shopping yesterday with a checklist so I didn't leave out any essential medicines and ointments, dettol, plasters, mosquito repellent and the lot.

What else?

Oh yes, how can you go to a beach trip without a nice looking sandal. So I went over to Vincci to buy a gorgeous pair of sandal.

Oh my..I can hear the ocean's calling already..

I was beaming with pride when I showed my colleagues the checklist that I have made on excel until one of them said..

"Uhm..you realised that we are only going to a one night trip right?"

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Going Towards Uncivilisation | No comments:

Nowadays, reading news make me feel really sad. Everyday, there will news on bad and tragic incidents, war that took away life of the innocents, and last but not least nonsensical stuffs that people do. I am not sure if this only happen in Malaysia, headlines on local news never failed to make me go wtf or complete speechless.

For example, the recent, ever so popular news on a bunch of nudist playing some silly sports games in Penang. Arrghhh! What on earth?1? I consider myself pretty open minded and all, but what the heck, a bunch a adults stripping naked, running around on the beach, body painting and a bunch of activities that look downright obscene. It's something that I can't accept at all.

I mean, what is the objective of this event? How is this beneficial to the earth or environment? I understand those nude protest that fight against animal cruelty and all, but this..this has nothing to do with any causes, even if there is, I see none.


Then there are news about people stabbing each other over some stupid argument, killing another human like they are some bug. Zapppp! Just like that. What is going on to our moral and compassion? Don't people have any sympathy and humanity anymore? Grandchild hitting the grandparents with wooden sticks because the grandparents nagged too much.

Seriously. Speechless.

And of course, who can forget the tragic plane accident that happened a few weeks back killing 298 innocence. Sigh~ I had troubled sleeping when I heard the news. And I believe this incident will haunt everyone for many years to come.

It's a very sad world that we are living in. And it somehow made me feel afraid of having more babies because if the world that we are living now is already so scary, I couldn't imagine what it is going to happen in the future.





Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crying Over Spilled Milk | No comments:

Illustration by karana-collyester.deviantart.com
June 2014 has been a stressful month to me, with so many negative things going on, I sometimes feel like burying my head to the pillow and cry out my anxieties. I always try hard to turn every problem into a positive thought because it will help make me feel better. Thank goodness it happen this way and not the other way round. I'm glad we only have to go through this because it could been worse. These are what I will usually say to keep calm and continuously be grateful with what the God had in his plan. But when troubles come one after another, it became a little too much for me.

I admit that most problem can be avoided if I would have think twice or thrice before doing it but I just don't understand why it all have to happen at the same month.

Two days ago, I spilled milk on one side of my company's laptop. The laptop had stopped working and now I might need to reimburse for the damages. I am not sure how much it cost but I know that it will definitely cost a lot because it is a new laptop.

I accept the punishment because it is caused by my carelessness but the expenses are too much to bear especially after spending so much curing my son's sinusitis and the traveling expenses up to Butterworth to bring him to the doctor.

I really wonder when things can finally go smoothly and I am still waiting for the day to come when I can have enough savings to buy a car for myself. Sigh...

Update!
My IT colleagues somehow managed to get the replacement part and had my laptop repaired! As my laptop is still covered under warranty, I didn't have to make any compensation. Oh my God. I almost cried when they passed me my laptop. I told my colleague that I will give him a great big hug if he is a woman. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cadbury Malaysia Commercial : The Most Unexpected Ang Pow | No comments:

I watch a lot of videos on Youtube,especially talk shows, music videos, cooking shows and whatnot. I am usually fine with Youtube ads because I understand that in order to continuously watch videos for free, I need to just endure the commercials.

Some commercials can be quite interesting, for example, the meaningful ones crafted by the PETRONAS team. But most of them are downright boring and some can be quite over the top where it don't make any sense or whatsoever. But for the past two months or so, this particular commercial from Cadbury sort of took over Youtube and annoyed the hell out of me and many others.

 
Oh hai Su!
 
So what is so annoying about this commercial?
The frequency of this ads is crazy. For the past two months, this commercial appeared on every single video that I watched. Every.Single.One. Thank goodness it is skippable after 5secs, or else I guess I would have just gave up on Youtube completely until this advertisement is removed.
 
But what really really really annoying is..
 
The storyboard!
 
Okay, so basically this commercial is all about Cadbury surprising Su (the "protagonist" of the video who was studying abroad in Adelaide) with a trip back to her hometown in Klang to visit her parents whom she hasn't seen for the past FOUR years. And the video showed how her parents cried because they missed her so much. And the parents talked about how a good daughter this Su is.. yadah yadah..
 
What an utter NONSENSE!
 
Let me share with you some reasons why this Su is one of the most selfish daughter in the world who only care about herself.
 
1) If Su really love her parents, she would have take the extra effort to work and save up the flight ticket back to visit her parents at least ONCE A YEAR. I made some research on Malaysia Airlines and found out that Return Flight Tickets from Adelaide to Malaysia cost not more around RM2,400.00. (Please note that this is not a promotional price.)
 
Which means, this Su only need to save up around RM200 (AUD$67) each month to buy the RETURN ticket.
 
I did further research and found out that Australian government actually encourage overseas students to work part time while studying to "complement student's study and living experience".
 
 
"Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.

Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break, but before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. Find out more at the
Department of Immigration and Border Protection website."


And I had some time at hand so I went and did some research on the salary paid as a waitress in Australia and I found this --> http://www.payscale.com/salaries/c6b62c10/Waiter-Waitress-Melbourne-Victoria-AU-Salary

According to Payscale, a part time waitress gets a minimum pay of AUD$10 per hour. Let's say Su is a little bit unlucky and she was paid less at AUD$7 per hour, let's see how much she gets in a month.

AUD$7 x 4 hours a day = AUD$28

One month = AUD$28 x 5 days a week X 4 = AUD$560 (Take note that this is counted based on less than minimum hourly rate)

So tell me why this Su couldn't afford to go home again?
 
2) Some people were saying that maybe Su really did work but she gave all her salary to her parents because she was the only one working in the family and her parents rely on her for money.
 
If she loves her parents so much, why can't she sacrifice her dream and further her education in Malaysia instead? I know I know.. education in Malaysia sucks, the quality or standard is no where near those universities overseas. But one gotta do what you gotta do right? If you can't afford and you know that your parents needed your financial support..then just freaking stay in Malaysia. Period! What's worst than having your parents cried their eyes out for you?
 
And eventhough there are many complains about how horrible Malaysian education is, mind you, there are still many successful entrepreneurs in Malaysia who got their education locally. So what's the excuse?
 
So as a Company trying to promote love and stuff I think Cadbury Malaysia failed terribly this time because the video doesn't convey Su as a filial daughter. The only impression I get is a selfish daughter who neglected her parents feelings because she wanted freedom. And let say she wasn't selected by Cadbury Malaysia to do this commercial, she probably won't see her parents anytime soon.
 
And I hate people like that.
 
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