Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Be Careful - Cuidado - 小 心

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Once upon a time in December 2009, I came across this situation. There was a metal pipe protruding, in a doorway.



And I voiced out to the people present then. Someone, who was not responsible for that, immediately tied a pink rag. I wrote a note and slip it into the tied rag, meant for whoever had that pipe positioned, that it was a safety hazard.

Next day I saw a piece of paper with the word "Cuidado" stringed to the top of the ceiling. Right then, I didn't know what language that was. But I guess it would mean either "danger" or "careful" (which I learnt later being the meaning of Cuidado in Spanish).



From his signed name, I believe he is a Hispanic. Did he think I was a hispanic? What irritated me was that he wrote on my note "Open your eyes". That does not justify one's action of an obvious safety hazard.

Some days later, I wrote 小 心 (read as xiao3 xin1). I wonder how the person reacted when he saw that - amused or irritated? I was just being naughty!



The sign is still there todate but the rag is gone.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Tree and Presents 2009

Friday, 25 December 2009

Some people like real Christmas trees. These pine trees were sold for $21.99 each.


We preferred the "forever" tree which cost more. For $25, including the coloured lights, I think it was a reasonable price. And furthermore you can use it for years.


Gifts, in material kind, is not my love language. But for some people it is. This Christmas we are blessed with many: Boroque glass candle stand (with the words: live well, laugh often, love much), ceramic scented candle holder in the shape of a dog reindeer, wooden cross inscribed with the "Lord's Prayer", Axxents 3 piece micro fleece set, Sephora by OPI daily hand moisturer, George Foreman the lean mean reducing grilling machine, Snuggie (the blanket that has sleeves), Compact 'Press 'N Open' Booklight, DVD "GoodFellas", bracelet.



Mike loves the B17 bomber model.


And I think this little baby doll is beautiful!




Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Harvested Cotton

Saturday, 28 November 2009

For many weeks the sight of the cotton fields amazed me. It was only 2 weeks ago when I decided to take pictures of the cotton plants before the field is harvested, and wrote about it.

This afternoon as we travelling to visit the Cows of the Sky, I saw more cotton fields, but this time the miles and miles of cotton fields are cleared of their cotton.




Bundled and ready to be sent for processing to ??????? Someone said China.



A part of the cotton factory.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Beauty of the Fingernails

Friday, 27 November 2009

It is not like I have not seen people doing manicure before. It is not like I have not seen manicuring and pedicuring done together with hair styling.

What striked me was the manicuring was done by both the male as well as the female workers. There were about 4 male workers out of 6 manicurists, each behind their own respective work desk.

This is a picture of a man working on a client's fingers. I almost wanted to type a "female" client's fingers. Has anyone seen any ordinary man (except for transvestites) going for manicure?


I admire those ladies - how they can keep their fingers long, clean and polished. I have tried but I still prefer my nails trimmed. Furthermore I find it hard to type or work with long nails.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cotton Fields

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Remember the cotton song called "Cotton Fields" sung by the Beach boys, that started with the following lines?
When I was a little bitty baby
My mama done rock me in the cradle
In them old cotton fields back home

Interesting to see the actual cotton fields


There are 5 segments in a cotton bulb. The cotton on the left was picked from one of the older bulbs in the field. The cotton had puffed out from its segment.


The bulb that I have picked home is now emptied of its 5 segments.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Milo" for People and Livestock

Monday, 26 October 2009

When I first heard the name of the crop, I thought it sounded like the "Milo" drink I love. It was. And it spell the same too! How interesting! I wonder if the farmers know about the "Milo" drink?

Technically known as grain sorghum, it is used as a feed grain for livestock in the United States, according to this website http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/AFCM/sorghum.html




The "Milo" that I love. I miss them! Usually I would make it a hot drink out of it but you could make it cold too. I have tried mixing them with agar-agar to make Milo jelly - it is nice. I have also used them as a substitute for cocoa into my cake mixture!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

9 Months In the Womb

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

This is an amazing video (in Indonesian). Evariny Andriana did a great job clipping the original National Geographic video. The music by Vina Panduwinata is lovely.



I don't know you, but it brought tears to my eyes - the miracle and creation of God.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Raccoons

Saturday, 12 September 2009

They were taken and cared for when they were only a few days old. Roger didn't rear them as pets but rather for education purposes. They don't bite Roger or his family but they could bite strangers and visitors.


Rico is the male and he is bigger in physique. He tried hard to stretch his hands out to catch me! I call the 2 front feet "hands" because they look exactly like our hands - five slender and flexible fingers that grasp and climb. And I was right to call them hands because I found out later in the internet that they were indeed hands. I don't like the look of his claws.





Bandita is the female and she is smaller. This is the only picture I managed to take a solo picture of her.


They look so alike to me. It is not easy to see Bandita and her actions. She is always hiding away in their kennel when I visit.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chihuahas and Huskies

Thursday, 10 September 2009


Chihuahuas


Prancer is the grandmother of Emma (the chihuahua puppy that I wrote about last month). I think she is the prettiest of the pack.


Princess is Emma's mother. Princess is the daughter of Prancer. Princess is expecting again and that is probably why she likes to lie down.


Emo is Emma's father. Emo is also Emma's uncle. Emo is the brother of Princess and son of Prancer. He is either shy or not very social. This pictures is taken under the house!


And lastly meet Emma's brother - Edward.


The female Chihuahuas are more friendlier than the male ones. Edward wouldn't come to me when I called his name. Emo would run under the house when I approached him.


Huskies


Buster is the male and white colored while Aspin is the female grey colored husky. They are kept inside the compound and so we are always separated by a fence. I wonder how they would react to me otherwise. Whenever they see me, they would walk to the fence and I would pat them over the fence.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Emma

Saturday, 22 August 2009

3 months old Emma was presented me on the 13 August, as a birthday present, because I said I would have her. She is a chihuahua.



And to complete the gift, someone else presented a dog bed, a twin dog feeding bowl, doggy pad for housebreaking, a pan/spade poop scoop set, a bag of puppy feed & a dog belt (which I have not used yet).

I returned Emma and her things back to her original owners today. Emma and another of her siblings were taken home by someone else right away. I am glad because Emma deserves a more tolerable master than I have been.

I have looked after 6 dogs at one period. My children and I love to play with them. I gave them bath, cooked for them. They were a mixture of terrier, collie, shih tzu. The difference is that they stayed outside the house.

Having a dog living inside the house, running about, pooping around and biting clothes and shoes, is just not my cup of tea.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Book: Learn From Successful Entrepreneurs Part 1

Monday, 10 August 2009

It was the 1st part of the "Learn From Successful Entrepreneurs" sold to me by a worker, at the publishing company, who answered my call. There are no more copies on sale and no more inpublication. We met at an LRT station. She came with a colleague and I went with Yean. We have never met each other.

It was her personal copy. Although the cover is stained the inside is still good. Initially I asked if she could lower her price. She told me to give me whatever I could paid her. In the end I just paid her the full price (MR10) because the contents is okay and that is more important.


There are 40 business entrepreneurs listed in this book too. I enjoyed reading it.

(1) Azim Hasham Premji - Founder of Wipro Limited (India's biggest and most competitive IT Company)
(2) Bill Gates - Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

(3) Charles Wang - Co-founder of Computer Associates International, Inc.
(4) Colonel Harland Sanders - founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken

(5) Craig O Mccaw - Pioneer of Telecommunications
(6) David Beckham - English Footballer

(7) Elliot and Ruth Handler - Co-founder of Mattel and creation of Barbie Doll
(8) Fred Smith - Founder of FedEx

(9) Jackie Chan - Stunts Movie Star
(10) Jeffrey Bezos - Founder of Amazon.com

(11) Jerry Yang - Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.
(12) Johanna Quandt - BMW

(13) Karl & Theo Albrecht - Founders of supermarket chain Aldi Nord
(14) Kim Sun Joo

(15) Kumar
(16) Kumar Mangalam Birla - Chairman of Aditya Birla Group

(17) Lakshmi Mittai
(18) Leo Burnett - Advertising Executive

(19) Levi Strauss - Founder of Levi jeans
(20) Lim Goh Tong - Transformer of Genting Highlands to a resort

(21) Matshushita Konosuke - Founder of Panasonic Corporation
(22) Mikhail Khodorovsky - Founder of Menatep Bank (Russia)

(23) Mohamed Al Fayed - Owner of Harrods Departmental Store (Knightsbridge)
(24) Narayana Murthy - Co-founder of Infosys Technologies

(25) Philip H Knight - Co-founder of athletic apparel maker Nike
(26) Pierre Omidyar - Founder of eBay auction site.

(27) Robert Johnson
(28) Tan Sri Robert Kuok - Malaysian Chinese businessman

(29) Robert Saxe
(30) Roy Thomson

(31) Sanjiv Singh Sidhu
(32) Steve Case - Co-founder of American Online (AOL).

(33) Sumner M Redstone
(34) Tadashi Yanai

(35) Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary - Malaysian Business entrepreneur
(36) Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan - Malaysian Business entrepreneur

(37) Toyoda Eiji - Managing Director of Toyota Motor.
(38) Vijay Singh - Fijian professional golfer

(39) Warren Buffet - Most successful investor in history
(40) William Ding Lei - Founder of NetEase.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Book: Learn From Successful Entrepreneurs Part 2

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Learn From Successful Entrepreneurs Part 2
(Publisher: Vanakkammalaysia Dotcom Sdn Bhd) (Price: MR10.00)

If it isn't for this book, I wouldn't have recognised the names of these successful entrepreneurs. I won't remember all the names listed in this either after reading this book but it has been very interesting to read about how they founded some of the branded things that I have heard, read, seen and used, and how others succeeded in their respective businesses and interests.

(1) Akio Morita - Sony radios
(2) Amar G. Bos - Bose speakers. Never came across them until a recent visit to a classmate and I was amazed by the quality of sound produced by the small Bose speakers

(3) Arun Netravli -
Bell Laboratories.
(4) Ashok Kumar Goel - Laminated tubes.

(5) Brownie Wise -
Direct selling of Tuppware. I think the plastic ware are the best.
(6) Carlos Slim Helu - The Book said he is King Midas of Mexico

(7)
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh - A prominent Malaysia business entrepreneur.
(8) Gianni Agnelli - The book said he is the king of Italian Industry.

(9)
Henri Nestle - First infant cereal. Now I know how "Nestle" started. It is a brand that I like - Nestle Cereal, Nestle milk, Nestle chocolate, Nestle drinks. etc.
(10) Henry Ford - Ford trucks.

(11) Jamsetji Tata - Indian business entrepreneur
(12) John D. Rockefeller - The book said he was history's first billionnaire and founder of Standard Oil Company.

(13)
Katherine Graham - The book said she is the most powerful woman of 20th century and winner of the Pulitzer prize.
(14) Larry Ellison - Oracle Corporation. This is interesting to know as I have come across the Oracle system.

(15) Liu Yonghao - Chinese business entrepreneur.
(16) Mary Kay Ash - Mary Kay beauty products. I have heard of her products but I have never tried them.

(17) Masayoshi Son - Broadband business.
(18) Michael Dell - Dell computers. I have used Dell computers before.

(19) Michael Lee-Chin - Canadian business entrepreneur.
(20) Olivia Lum - Huflux water and fluid treatment.

(21) Oprah Winfrey - Oprah Winfrey Show. I like to watch her talk shows.
(22) Ramalinga Raju - Satyam Computer Service Ltd.

(23) Ray C. Anderson - Interface Carpet.
(24) Ray Kroc - McDonald's Fast Food Restaurants.

(25) Richard Branson - Virgin Group.
(26) Richard Li - My first time reading about him.

(27) Richard M. Schulze - My first time reading about him.
(28) Roy Allen - A&W Root Beer. I prefer that to the Coca-cola.

(29) Sabeer Bhatia - Hotmail free email services!
(30) Sam Walton - Walmart. I enjoyed shopping there - good prices and plenty of choices.

(31) Soichiro Honda - Honda motorbikes.
(32) Stelios Haji-Ioannou - Low cost air travel.

(33) Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar - Malaysia business entrepreneur - MK Land.
(34) Thomas Watson Jr. - IBM

(35) Tiger Woods - Golfer
(36) Tokuji Hayakawa - Sharp Company

(37) Tom Monaghan - Domino's Pizza. I don't think I have tried this yet.
(38) Dato' Tony Fernandes - Air Asia, Asia's first budget airline. Thanks to Air Asia, everyone can fly.

(39) Walt Disney - Animated Characters, Disneyland, Disney World.
(40) William Wrigley, Jr. - Chewing gum.

Out of the 40 persons mentioned in this book, I know only Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods, Dato' Tony Fernandes, Walt Disney! That shows how much I have been reading!

Book: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May be Killing You

Sunday, 9 May 2009

I don't know what had gotten into me. I haven't been able to finish reading any books until recently. Thanks to my new pair of reading spectacles.

What your doctor doesn't know about nutritional medicine may be killing you
(Author: Ray D. Strand, M.D.) (Publisher: Advantage Quest) (Price: MR29.90)



Dr. Strand wrote about nutritional supplements as complimentary medicine and not as alternative medicine. He also spoke about us controlling the disease and not letting the disease control us.

It is interesting to read how he treated his patients (suffering from Fibromyalgia, leukoenoephalopathy, multiple scelerosis, cardiomyopathy, ovarian cancer, neuroblastoma, macular degeneration, Crohn's disease, systematic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, asthma, bronchial asthma, cystic fibrosis, Parkinson's disease, multiple scelerosis, Syndrome X (insulin resistance), Diabetest, etc.) with the nutritional supplements.

I think one of the reasons by I enjoyed reading his book is because I believe in nutritional supplements. I know my body does not get all the nutrients, from the food that I eat every day, and therefore I need to take supplements.

Nobody wants or enjoys being sick. I personally feel more sick when I am on medications of any sort for an extended time.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Eating Live Fish and Human Flesh???

Friday, 31 July 2009

What is happening to us? Today, I was forwarded 2 videos.

Eating Live Fish in Shanghai - The fish is still breathing when served. Don't the customers have feelings? What if they were the fish instead? Do fish have feelings?



And eating human in Thailand - Look at them smiling! They must done this before and enjoying it. Looked like cannibalism is not a thing of the past

***4 August 2009: oops! I noticed the video has been removed from Utube***

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dengue Fever

Monday, 29 June 2009

Dengue Fever was not in my thoughts at all. It is a disease that I know exists in Malaysia. I have not experienced any attack on my immediate family, my siblings, their families and people whom I have associated with.

There was no empty containers with stagnant water in the KL condo where I stayed. I have no clue where I was stung. It could be anywhere - corridors, lifts, parks, swimming pool, roads, LRTs, etc.

I am glad the Aedes mosquito chose me as its victim instead of my two children. There is a reason why I have to experience this. Thanks to God, my immune system had fought back.

Let me share with you my experience relating to the dengue fever and what happened during those time.....



I had a sebaceous cyst operation on Friday 5 June. For me, it was just a minor operation, nothing to fuss about, so I went about doing things with Lian and Yean for the rest of afternoon and evening. I was a day-patient from 8am to 2 pm.

Traditionally, I have been brought up to believe that one should not eat any kind of shellfish, fish with scales, certain kind of fowls and animals, eggs, after an operation, because they could cause infection to the excision. You would think I would be wise at my age to heed to traditional beliefs but I chose to listen to the surgeon's remark that I could eat anything! I ate a few fried clams (maybe only 3 pcs) that night.

The next day was Saturday, I visited a friend in Segambut. GY was a friend visiting from Kota Kinabalu and I didn't want to cancel the meeting because it was not easy for us to meet. Furthermore, she had never ride on any public transport by herself, so we couldn't meet somewhere in between.

I was with GY from 12 noon to 5 pm. I started feeling lousy at about 3 pm. I felt a temperature and a sense of fatigue. I didn't understand why. Anyway, we walked to the KTM station and I took the Intercity Express Train from Segambut to KL Sentral. Then I took the LRT from KL Sentral to Jelatek.

Lian and I had agreed to meet at the Jelatek LRT station at 5:30 pm, but due to unforeseen circumstances, she only arrived about 6 pm. I didn't remember ever feeling so lousy and reckless for a half hour wait!

We walked to our church from there to attend the night's district conference. After that it was bus from the church to the Ampang LRT station, train from the Ampang LRT station to the Salak South LRT station, and finally bus from the Salak South LRT station to our condominium. By the time we got back home at about 10:45 pm, I felt so sick that I went straight to bed without taking any medicine for my fever. I thought I would be okay with the course of antibiotic pill (Unasyn Tab 375mg - 6 tablets) given by the surgeon. I was given Beafemic Cap 250mg - 10 tablets, but I didn't take any because I didn't have any pain.

Sunday morning, I felt too feverish to go to church. I would like to be in church but I wouldn't be able to concentrate - sitting and participating in meetings for 3 solid hours. After taking a panadol soluble, I sweated and felt good for 2 or more hours, then the fever came back again.

GY was a nurse before and she expressed her concern that my excision might be infected and advised me to consult the surgeon. I didn't, until the following Thursday 11 June.

There was another KK friend, and she has moved to Puchong in December 2008. JC has not ride on any trains yet. We have agreed that I would come and stay with her from Sunday night to Thursday. I don't feel that sick enough to stay home and miss this time with Josie. We never know when we are going to see each other again.

Josie applied Aloe Vera cream and also "Minyak Batu Sai Kong" to help with the healing of the cyst excision.

I started taking "High Strength Yinqiao" capsules because it had helped with my fever before. Also due to lack of appetite, my gastric problem had returned and I felt that the panadol soluble only worsened my gastric.

Because of my brought up and experience in Chinese medicine, I continued administering to myself the "Super-act Linyang Yinqiao" tablets since they have now replaced the "High Strength Yinqiao". The Chinese Medicine shopkeeper said birds' nest would revitalise my well being and so I bought 2 bottles. Luckily I only bought 2 bottles because I did't like their taste. Tasted like old stock. On top of those purchases, I also bought chewable Povil Antacid tablet for my gastric.

I got Yean to take me back to our condo on Wednesday night. I didn't feel like staying until Thursday. I did feel good, for a few hours, only when the medicine was taking effect. The over production of acidity in my stomach added to my already lousy feeling of being sick.

I got Yean to take me to a pharmacist who recommended me Oprazol pills 20 mg for my gastric and Duzen-B Antiobiotic cream 5gm for my excision area.

Thursday11 June, I phoned my surgeon and voiced my fear of infection on my cyst excision and my concern of my fever, loss of appetite and fatigue. He was off that day and also the next day, but he told me to come and see him the next day.

Apart from the above symptoms, I have felt light-headedness sometimes. I thought maybe it was due to my lack of appetite and not eating enough. I had felt that my whole body (bones and muscles) was aching. It was a feeling I have never experienced before. I have just learnt that Dengue fever is nicknamed "breakbone fever". Now I know why the nickname.

Other symptoms that I experienced was redness and pain in the eyes (which I assumed to be just sheer tiredness and not enough sleep), nausea and vomiting (which I assumed to be associated with my gastric because it did happen before). These symptoms, I have learnt, are some of the symptoms of Dengue fever.

I am glad I did not take Aspirin because it could cause severe bleeding. I had taken the right medicine - the Panadol soluble (paracetamol) to relieve the muscle, joint aches, fever and headache.

Back to the visit with the surgeon. Dr. L looked at my cyst excision (on my back) and commented that they were good and not infected. I voiced my fear of H1N1 Fever (Swine Flue). He ruled that out after learning that I had returned a month ago - 12 May 2009. He said he would take my blood and sent it to the laboratory to test for dengue fever. Dengue fever??? It had not crossed my mind at all. He said he would call me tomorrow when the result is out and if I am infected I would be admitted into the medical center. Dr. L prescribed Panadol Tablets 500mg (30 pcs) and Suprim Tablets 400/80mg (16 pcs). I returned the latter tablets to the pharmacist the next day as I have not started on it nor needed it either.

An hour later, while Lian & I was shopping, the surgeon called and said it was positive and that I have to be admitted. However, I have to see the appropriate physician first, that he had referred the case to.

It was not fun returning to the medical center because it was Friday afternoon and the traffic was bad bad.

Dr. C asked me when I started having the symptoms. He said that my platelets counts (76) was not a cause of concern. The onset of the Dengue fever had already started last week and I was recovering. Dr. C told me to come back tomorrow (Saturday) to have another blood test to see if my platelets would increase. If it lower, he would have to admit me.

Thank God, it went up to 112 the next day. The blood test also confirmed that I have antibodies. I went home with: Prevacid Tablets (Japan) (28 pcs), Motilium Tablets 10 mg (6 pkts x 10 pcs), Essentiale Forte (Germany) (50 capsules), Prednisole (7 tablets) and Xanax (10 tablets). I had requested for some kind of medicine to help me sleep. I have not been able to sleep.

Because of my continual gassy feeling before and after food, Dr. C recommended that I take a breath test for H pyloric bateria and another test on my intestines. I don't remember if it was colonscopy. I could not take the breath test that morning because I had been munching biscuits while I was waiting to see the specialist.

I am grateful nowadays we can just do a breath test to check for H. Pyloric bateria. I don't know if I would go for another gastroscopy (if I have the choice) even though I am under the influence of anaesthetic and didn't feel anything except being drowsy after.

The breath test next Thursday 18 June, came out negative. It was a relief!

Dr. C's last remarks was I would feel exhausted for sometime. He didn't say how long. I guess it depends on my body. I would still feel ligh-headedness, fatigue.

It is now past 3 weeks since that Saturday afternoon of the 6 June. I don't feel sick but I don't feel the same energy that I have before. I feel tired easily.

One thing for sure I am grateful to learn is that I have antibodies in my bloodstream that will prevent me from having a relapse for about 1 year.

I have learnt also that the the bitter juice from papaya leaves can cure dengue fever. I also read that pegaga juice is also a natural cure. I don't know what pegaga is.

I didn't know about the papaya leaves' juice until I came to Kota Kinabalu. GY, whom I visited in Segambut, blended me the juice, after learning that I had dengue fever. It was alright to drink the juice even though I am recovering. The juice tasted bitter.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I Am Back to Blogging

Saturday. 20 June 2009

Finally, we got internet connection to the condo last Friday, 12 June, but didn't get around to blogging until today. Friends have been wondering what is happening to me. I have not been writing to them either. If they read what I blogged they would know.

I have updated (1) http://renejenny-wonderland.blogspot.com (2) http://renejenny-kl.blogspot.com

Hope you like the pictures.

Friday, May 22, 2009

What is your Interest?

Friday, 22 May 2009

A lady friend called yesterday, asking if Lian or I would like to buy a ticket from her for a 3-day course, starting today, by the famous writer of "Rich Dad Poor Dad" - Robert Kiyosaki.

She has bought 2 tickets a year ago but she alone could attend the course as the other intended participant is away from the country.

The tickets were RM500 each when she bought them a year ago. They were gold seats because they were seats in the 4th row from the stage. Now, the general seat is RM2990 and the budget seat is RM1998. So her seats now cost over RM3000. She welcome to part her spare ticket for whatever one can offer on top of her original cost.

Lian and I were not interested. I know other people would grab that opportunity. They say it is worth it, an investment to the accumulation of monetary wealth and financial independence. Besides being not interested, I don't have that kind of money to invest and no matter what people say I don't care about this Robert Kawasaki.

I suggested my lady friend contact a man friend, who I know greatly admire this icon figure of Robert Kawasaki and, who incidentally was arriving in Kuala Lumpur this morning. Maybe he would be interested. Unfortunately this man friend had prior appointments.

Finally, my lady friend asked if either Lian or I would want to attend, free of charge. She didn't want to waste the ticket.

I am so sorry, my dear friend. We can't. Even though they say it would be an experience of a lifetime with this famous man, this 3-day course would take away the precious weekend time with our family members, who we don't see during the weekdays and sometimes for many weekends and months. Maybe it is only A weekend but life is unpredictable. We may not have ANOTHER weekend. And, also I prefer attending church meetings on Sundays.

I asked if she could sell back the spare ticket to the organiser to resell it for whatever the present price is and thus making a profit. Sad to hear that she can't. Well! consider that it is still cheaper to attend the course for RM1000 (the total of the 2 tickets she bought) than to pay for the present price of RM3000 plus for the gold seat.

Know you have a great time, my friend. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Using Computers at Cybershop

Thursday, 21 May 2009

What do you do when you have a computer but you don't have Internet connection at home? I have always been blessed with both, in the comfort of my homes, until now. It is not because Internet service is not available in this area. It is because we chose not to subscribe yet.

Having been so used to taking all the time I wanted do my email, Facebook, blog, surf, etc. I still can if I am willing for the time, which is more expensive.

I don't dare to go into the https:// even though they are secure sites for fear that this public computer have been fixed with device to store our personal particulars. I don't dare to upload pictures from a pendrive for fear that it might be virus affected. It happened once when a photoshop uploaded pictures, for the purpose of reproduction, from my pendrive to their computer. I just can't trust public computers, and even private computers unless they belongs to people I know and trusted! I guess that is why we say "personal computers" where you have your own settings, favorites, etc.

Anyway, I am thankful that there is a cybershop, that is only a few minutes walk from where I am staying for this time. They charged MR2 for members and MR2.50 for non-members, so I signed up for membership even though I am not a permanent resident. It is life membership and you don't have to pay any fees of any kind to maintain that membership, except to top up when your credit runs out.

At least I am able to do my email and be connected to my friends as well as to blog (minus the pictures) for the time being. That will do.

And for not having Internet connection at home, I will just use the computer to do other works that don't need Internet access. I have a weakness to be glued to the computer, especially when the Internet connection is on, so this is a time to enjoy other things in life!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Learning to Love?

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Thank you Sister Cathy for forwarding this to me. Maybe the Lord wants me to hear this. You didn't know it is my second wedding anniversary today.

I wish I have learnt this and your presentation on the five languages of love when I was young and single. I guess there is a reason for everything that had happened.......... and it is never too late to learn.



This is a very good article, read it.
Those who are still single may learn something from here....
Those who are already married may take it as a guideline to improve your marriage....



DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?

During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question.

She said, "How do I know if I married the right person?"
I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, "It depends. Is that your husband?" In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?"

Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind.

Here's the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies.

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love...

Because it's happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, "I was swept off my feet." Think about the imagery of that __expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience.

But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades. It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, "Did I marry the right person?" And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it. I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could.

And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):

THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON. IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVER just happen to you. You can't "find" LASTING love. You have to "make" it day in and day out. That's why we have the __expression "the labor of love."

Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work.

Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage.

Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. Just as the right die and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable... you can "make" love.

Love in marriage is indeed a "decision". Not just a feeling.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mum said "Don't Waste"

View this movie at cultureunplugged.com

Monday, 20 April 2009

This morning 2 friends forwarded me the same video. I got teary towards the end. When we were little, our mum would always reminded us not to waste our food and think of people who can't afford to buy food.

Thank you Karen and thank you Tan for sharing the video.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Weather Report

Saturday, 11 April 2009

This morning I receiving an inspiration poem, by B.J. Gallagher, and I want to share it with you. I hope I will remember to say "Great" even though I don't feel that way, so that I can make it so. Isn't that lying?

"Any day I'm vertical
is a good day"
...that's what I always say.

If you ask me,
"How are you?"

I'll answer, "GREAT!"
because in saying so,
I make it so.

When Life gives me dark clouds and rain,
I appreciate the moisture
that brings a soft curl to my hair.

When Life gives me sunshine,
I gratefully turn my face up
to feel its warmth on my cheeks.

When Life brings fog,
I hug my sweater around me
and give thanks for the cool shroud of mystery
that makes the familiar seem different and intriguing.

When Life brings snow,
I dash outside to catch the first flakes on my tongue,
relishing the icy miracle that is a snowflake.

Life's events and experiences
are like the weather -
they come and go,
no matter what my preference.

So, what the heck?!
I might as well decide to enjoy them.

For indeed,
there IS a time for every purpose
under Heaven.

And every season brings its own unique blessings.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Someday When We are Wiser .......

Sunday, 29 March 2009

I have been wondering how I can have music in my blog and I am so happy I did it all by myself. "Someday" by the Celtic Woman, is one of my favorites.



Someday, when we are wiser
When the world's older
When we have learned
I pray someday we may yet
Live to live and let live

Someday, life will be fairer
Need will be rarer
And greed will not pay
Godspeed, this bright millenia
On it's way, let it come someday

Someday our fight will be won, and
We'll stand in the sun, in
That bright afternoon
'Til then, on days when the sun
Is gone, we'll hang on
If we wish upon the moon

There are some days, dark and bitter
Seems we haven't got a prayer
But a prayer for something better
Is the one thing we all share

Someday, when we are wiser
When the whole world is older
When we have love
And I pray someday we may yet
Live to live and one day, someday
Someday life will be fairer
Need will be rarer
And greed will not pay

Godspeed this bright millenia
Let it come
If we wish upon the moon

One day, someday....soon

Friday, March 27, 2009

Who is the most important person (mortal beings) in your life?

Friday, 27 March 2009

Who is the most important person (mortal beings) in your life? There had been times in my life when I have answered (1) my mother (2) my husband (3) my children. I didn't think of "me".

"Isn't that selfish?" Haven't we been taught that when we put others first before our own needs, we would be blessed with joy and happiness? On the other hand, aren't we blessed with the freedom to choose our course of actions?

Are we willing to sacrifice ourselves? Are we willing to forgo our interests for another? Are we willing to go along with another's ideas or plans (just to keep peace) even though we felt no confidence in them?

I realized that the most important person in my life, on earth, is myself. I don't think loving oneself is selfish because if we don't love the persons we are, how can we be truly happy? And when we are not happy, our health would be affected. And when we are not happy and not healthy how can we even service others what more to say love others fully?

There are 2 quotes from Anne Morrow Lindbergh that say:
When one is a stranger to oneself,
then o
ne is estranged from others too.
If one is out of touch with oneself,
then o
ne cannot touch others.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mistake Unnoticed???

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Nobody came to me and tell me that the skirt was worn wrongly. I would guess that it was not obvious because of the floral print. Maybe those who have noticed just smile and didn't care less. I really don't know.

It is not like I have not worn this skirt before. Today I didn't check the label for guidance. Labels are worn to the back if I am not wrong. The label of this particular skirt is together with the zip. And so this skirt was supposed to be zipped to the back and not to the left hip. I also forgot to check the cuttings as well!

It was at home when I looked at the pictures taken after the church meetings, that I realised something was wrong. The lining of the skirt, captured in this picture, fortunately was only in this picture due to me leaning against the car.

Mike said he didn't notice so I guess I looked okay! Where is my mind again? I know Lian and Yean would shake their heads and exclaimed "Mum.. Mum.."

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Open Toilet

Friday, 13 March 2009

11 months ago I posted about a public toilet. Here is another public toilet and for me a funny one as well. It would be interesting to see the expression of all the ladies, including yours truly, who entered this restroom.



There was no sign on the door to say that it was under maintenance. I walked into the room to discover that a wall missing and that it was opened to the cleaning section! I just can't help laughing to myself. A lady thought it was funny too walking into this particular "restroom".

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vitreous Hemorrhage

Tuesday, 11 March 2009

Mike drove (it was a 3 hour drive) me to see the retina specialist (Anthony De Beus, MD) that the Yuma Ophthalmologist referred to yesterday, at the Southwestern Eye Center (5251 West Campbell Suite 102, Phoenix, AZ 85031).

The retina specialist couldn’t see any tear in my retina or find the problem that caused the ‘oil floater', and therefore could not fix the problem. He asked that I come for review on the 14 April 2009 when he comes to visit Yuma. Until then, if I see more floaters or dark shade descending (which is a sign of retina detachment), to seek medical attention from the Ophthalmologist immediately. His diagnosis was Vitreous Hemorrhage.

He said it is common with people who are near-sighted like me! He said the floater would slowly fade away over time, between 2 to 6 months. My goodness!!!! If it is really annoying and I can't stand it, surgery can be performed to clean up the floater but he wouldn't recommend it unless it is very necessary.

Retinal Detachment

Monday, 9 March 2009

Because it was not advisable to take chances, I was advised to go straight to the Emergency Department at Yuma Regional Medical Centre (2400 South Avenue A, Yuma, AZ 85365, 928-336-7100). A physician (Jennifer Gray, FNP) examined and diagnosed me with Retinal Detachment.

Since there was no eye specialist there, I was referred to a Ophthalmologist (Eric Farber, MD) at Southwestern Eye Center (2149 West 24th Street, Yuma, AZ 85364, 928-726-4120). He said the ‘oil floater’ that I saw was blood. However he could not find any ruptured blood vessels or torn in my retina. He said I should see the retina specialist who would be in Yuma this Friday. Michael said he would rather take me to see him tomorrow and so asked where the retina specialist would be tomorrow.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Posterior Vitreous Detachment

Sunday, 8 March 2009

About 7:50 pm, I emerged out of my night gown and saw a few lines of black thread in my right eye. I thought some thread had come out of my gown. I looked down at my gown but there were no threads tangling down. I looked at my glasses. They were clear. I covered my right eye with my right hand. My left eyes were clear. I covered my left eye with my left hand. I saw those threads again but this time look like cobwebs of black oil floating in a pool of tiny tiny drops of water. From information that I found in the internet, I thought I have posterior vitreous detachment. I told Mike and he said we would call for appointment with a ophthalmologist tomorrow morning. What I was scare of is retina detachment which happens to people with high myopia, like me.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Treasure in the Junk Mail

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Luckily for the Hotmail, there are not as many as the Yahoo or the Google, otherwise I would have delete them all with a few clicks.

This is probably the 3rd time I found a friend in the Junk. A friend, whose new address, is not yet listed in my contacts.

She wrote: Hi! Guess who l m? l bought a laptop about 3 weeks ago, so far only know how to e mail, ............................................

It was her subject title that caught my eye. It was how we met. It was what we did together. It was what causes misunderstandings between us, but ultimately strengthen our relationship.

I have been thinking about her a lot lately and missing her.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Return to Sender AGAIN!

Tuesday, 2 March 2009

Today I received a returned Christmas card from friends.

One year ago, I was annoyed by the Postal Services as regards to mail, that were addressed to me 100 percent correctly, but were not delivered to me for I don't know what reason - maybe terrorism because I don't bear an Caucasian last name.

It happened again in December 2008. A Christmas card was returned to friends in Oklahoma. They showed to me the returned envelope when I visited them.

The address was correct. The Post Services yellow label on the envelope said:
Return to Sender
Not Deliverable As Addressed
Unable to Forward

I called the Post Services and they took down my name(s). I wonder if this happens to other people. I can only remarked "Stupid". Whatever the policy is, it is definitely not clever. Address correct, name alien, if there is a threat inside, dictating device would be incorporated in the system.

Interestingly, we received mail that were addressed to people that we have no idea of, which I marked "Unknown" and left them in the mail box for the delivery man to collect. Sometimes you wonder what the heck is going on. Racial discrimination?
I can only remarked again "Stupid". Maybe I should give myself a local Penname.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Teddy Bears

Friday, 9 January 2009

I guess I am attracted by teddy bears!

This is in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

And this is a Christmas decoration in Yuma Foothills, Arizona, USA.