Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy Ending

Hi everybody. Just a few hours before the countdown begin for the new year. I just can't wait to say good bye to 2005. It's such a volatile year for our economy as well as our political scenes. Let's move on to the next level and see what's in store for us in the year 2006.

I haven't used my digital camera for quite sometime now ever since I've lost the battery charger of my SONY cybershot. I've no intention to replace it just yet because I am still enamoured to play with my camera phone rather than the digital camera at the moment. Yeah, you are right, I like to pose infront of the camera. That is why you see so many of me in this blog. I got freaked out if I see unwanted changes in my body size or my complexion.

Being a woman is not always as easy as being a man. That is a statement. Hold it. We'll discuss about it some other time when I am really into it, okay.

I strongly believe that in every good beginning, there will be a good ending. So let's start everything with good intention. Make sure you all set your resolutions right and start the New Year with a positive and happy mode.

2005 is sure the most memorable year. We ended 2004 with the heaviest of hearts over the tsunami. We don’t even celebrate the coming of year 2005. And so I believe that the tsunami was some kind of omen to warn us of year 2005. It’s indeed a year full of trial and tribulation. Let me state in random some of the most significant here; the earthquake in Pakistan/India/Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina in the US, the bird flu pandemic all over the world, Bali bombing, London subway bombing, racial violence outbreak in Australia, the demise of the Pope and the demise of Malaysia’s First Lady, the rise in oil prices, the dispute over Approved Permit (AP) issue in Malaysia, Proton issues and many more. I think it’s the most testing time for all of us.

If not for the importance to end this year with the happiest mode as can be, I would have written something more serious or something real sad that we all could think about. I almost did but well I’ll keep it for next year (if time permits).

I hope all of us must always feel grateful to be living in a peaceful country. Be thankful that we have our family and the roof on our heads to protect us. If ever we are feeling down or unlucky, please think of those who have no homes, no money and no family. If ever we are not happy with our political situation, think of those countries where there is no democracy. If ever we feel sorry for ourselves, well think of those who are even in a sorrier state of affairs and surely we will think of our problems as being so small like nothing in comparison with theirs.

I know I’ve said it many times already but still I want to say it again as a happy ending;

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

~ The End~

Thursday, December 29, 2005

What's with China?

I’ve been watching a lot about China on TV lately. One of them was the obsession of the Chinese towards cosmetic surgery. You know those surgeries to enhance the eyelids, the nose and the jaw line to make it look more western. The cosmetic surgery industry is booming in China like mushrooms after the rain. It has been a great concern and discussion of the China government.

Then there was the Travel and Living Channel also highlighting a lot about China as tourism destination. Even in Taman Botani, we have hosted a delegation from Yunnan, China under cultural exchange programme whereby we donned our traditional costumes for the Yunnan media.

Well, my point is, it’s all about China nowadays.

I used to read one of the Nostradomus prophecies in one of the many books about it long time ago. He said something like there will emerge a man with black hair to rule the world and something of the sleeping dragon to be awake. Somehow, while I was reading those prophecies, I can’t help but to relate it with the emergence of China as a great power. I remember those prophesies but I can’t recall the exact verse or the title of the book anymore.

China used to be and will once again be the great power of the world. It’s like it has been fated that way always. In the Islamic teaching, the prophet Muhammad s.a.w. has a famous saying that goes ‘tuntutlah ilmu walau sampai ke negeri Cina” or translated to “seek knowledge even to China you have to go” (from hadith Al-Buqari).

We have seen this throughout history beginning from the Voyage of the famous Treasure Fleet by Admiral Cheng Ho (or Zheng He). China has marked its foothold in many countries around the world as early as the 15th century about 80 years before the great voyage of Christopher Columbus. That’s just so amazing. China could have conquered the world!

The National Geographic Channel showed the documentary of the Admiral Cheng Ho and his seven voyages around 30 countries in the Indian Ocean. They traced back the route and it’s really amazing of how well they traced and revealed the proof of those voyages. The host Michael Yamashita has done a great job in elaborating the story in an interesting and positive ways.

It makes us wonder, what if China really conquered the world at that time. It would have been China who ruled Asia region and most probably Europe too. This is because China has the power to do it. Even their armada was way above the European might and technology at that time. They have so much to teach the world as what Cheng Ho did to all the places he had visited throughout his adventures, exchange of cultures and trade. The seven voyages made by Cheng Ho were on the basis of diplomacy and fair trade. An honourable characteristic of the one known throughout the world and it has been recorded in our history of Malacca.

Through the history of Admiral Cheng Ho, it was clear that he had traveled far and wide with bigger ships than the Columbus and also with the kind of technology that has sustained him seven voyages covering a distance of about 50, 000 km. This is something unusual for that era. However, China had destroyed its fleets during the rein of Ming Dynasty under the third emperor named Zhu Dhi as China mysteriously retreated from making any more voyages outside the world.

The National Geographic Channel recently has concluded that China could really conquer the world at that time in the 15th century but they didn’t. Why they didn’t was because they were not a greedy society and they were a content society who has strong belief in their culture and the Confucius teaching unlike the western countries at that period of time who later set sails to conquer, rule and destroy in the basis of power, out of plain greediness and selfishness. There, I’ve said it all. The last part was from me.

Look at what happened to our great city of Malacca. We have all the traces left by our conquerors, i.e. the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. It has shaped our country and the society of today. Isn’t it ironic?

Back to the subject of discussion of what’s with China? Believe me, there are lot of things to do with China. It is the centre of the world’s economy. We are talking of volume here. Imagine, with the population of 1.3 billion (as of July 2005), you could sell almost anything. It’s the ultimate place for trade. With economy, comes wealth and with wealth comes power. That’s the fact about China.

One last word though, better not mess up with the sleeping dragon. It’s lying in wait learning to use its power to burn you with fire. That was from Nostradomus, not me :)

Sunday, December 25, 2005

MEERY CHRISMAS!!! HO HO HO….

Santa Clause and his girlfriend :)


You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout.
I’m telling you why;
Santa Clause is coming to town!

“Mummy, I’m scared”, says the little girl almost crying.

“It’s okay honey, you can touch him. See… he’s not that frightening”, says the mother to her 4-year old daughter to go near to Santa Clause.

Later the little girl touches Santa Clause hand; she smiled and took the candies away from him with bright laughter. Sooo.... sweet.

In the spirit of this festivity, we are trying our best to make the occasion as merry as possible for our staffs and our visitors especially children. Unlike Deepavali and Hari Raya, which we got to wear our traditional costumes, for Christmas, we donned the Santa’s hat and above all, I got to play the Santarina! For a short while of course.

Nobody wanted to volunteer, so the boss did it herself. In fact, I loved it because it’s fun and no pressure at all. Ho ho ho ho…. The Santa approved.
They feel happy and I feel happy too :) That’s all that matters. A different style of celebrating but still in the same multi racial spirit. A merry Christmas indeed.




Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light...
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight...

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

GREAT EXPECTATION 2006

We are leaving year 2005 very soon. There will be lots of thinking and planning about life next year for all of us and I will definitely crack my head doing calculation of things that I have achieved and not achieved or where to head to next year. I wonder if I will be able to stop and think all those. I am overloaded with other things that sometimes I lost the count of time and suddenly we are reaching on a new year. I wish someone will understand.

I am anticipating year 2006 with great things to come. New resolutions have to be made while I need to discipline myself to keep them in check all the time. Surprisingly I am a good planner other than financial planning which I suck very much. I don’t even know how much I have in my purse that when I ran out of money completely I still go for shopping confidently. It is very inconvenient sometimes when you go to the food stalls or groceries and they don’t accept credit cards.

Reflecting the things I have done in year 2005, well it’s been an eventful year for me. I’ve recorded half of my life in 2005 in this blog. Those who follow them from the start will know it because I started this blog in June. It’s been a wonderful year for me despite of all the turmoil and tribulations. After all, life will be boring if it’s all smooth flow and sun shine.

Let me announce here that my blog is one of the best things in year 2005 for me :) How’s that? I am writing this posting and reflecting my life in 2005 at the same time.

I want to share with my very few loyal readers (I know I’m not that famous, I like it this way) and my dear friends out there who are shy and hiding from me (but I know you all read my blog, so I forgive you) of the journey that I have taken to arrive here today. Time really flies and you don’t even notice it.

Okay, in 2005, there have been some colourful events in many areas of my life. Career wise, I had made a few major decisions that have changed the whole direction of my career. It all started in early August when I quit my job with the MALAYSIAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY IN HEALTH (MSQH), a very respectable organization dealing with hospital accreditation. I still have some fondness of the society because there I made friends with distinguished personas of the medical world and also good colleagues that until now remain my good friends. I have written many postings in the past about how I got to quit the society which I still feel deeply about. Check it out for those who had missed it. Many people told me that they like the posting and find it interesting :)

Family wise, I went through a very difficult phase of my life when my beloved father had to go for a bypass operation. He had a high blood pressure and he’s also a heavy smoker which made his recovery period longer than others. It was the most exhausting period of my life, mentally and physical. I realized how much I love my parents and how important it is to take good care of one’s parents no matter how hard it is. The episode had given my family a time to reflect our situation and we are a lot closer now than before.

From MSQH, I tried to work with another non-profit organization, i.e. PERSATUAN BENCANA ALAM NEGERI KEDAH (P-BANK), where I helped a few of my friends with promotion of a ‘Dangdut’ album for a charity cause. Some proceeds of the album will be channeled to P-BANK to be given to the natural disaster victims. It’s such a noble cause that it attracted me to do it in the first place, but unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. Well, I was with the project halfway because I don’t have passion or patience for the entertainment world nor socializing with the so called rich and famous royalty world. I feel suffocated and trapped with rules and protocols so I leave immediately when I received an offer from TAMAN BOTANI PUTRAJAYA.

Now enough telling about work and career because I wrote so much about it already, let’s move on to other things vital to life such as love. Hahaha… just kidding. I wouldn’t want to write anything about it here. Who wants to know anyway, right?

Interestingly, apart from my busy schedule I managed to go for vacations twice earlier this year, first to Langkawi in February and then to Kuching in March. Both had been fun, memorable and special. I wish to do that more often next year.

Then also importantly, I took salsa dancing which is truly fun. The dance will make you feel sexy and beautiful like magic. That’s what I like to tell my friends who asked me to describe it. Unfortunately, I haven’t got the time or the energy to practice ever since working in Putrajaya. I’ve forgotten most of the steps except for the most basics. It all goes to 1 2 3 and 5 6 7, right turn and left turn. I hope next year I will be able to pick it up again with a partner this time.

I think this is it for now. I’ve written too much already. I don’t know when my next posting will be. But I will try to write something about Christmas. Till then, have a nice and merry Christmas to my Christian friends and Happy New Year to all.

GOOD LUCK FOR 2006

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Uniquely Singapore

The National Orchid Garden of Singapore


Malaysia and Singapore have always been in a love-hate kind of situation ever since Tunku Abdul Rahman great decision in letting it go its separate way. This has always been an issue. I will not want to elaborate on that matter. You will have to read both sides of the stories in order the understand the complicated situation at that moment of time.

I just got back from the Discover Malaysia Fair 2005 at the Suntec City, Singapore. I was there for five days last week for a 3-day exposition in promoting Putrajaya as one of the tourist new attractions. It's been a very hectic three days of my life because it started at 10.00 a.m. and ended up at 9.30 p.m. everyday. However, it's been a memorable trip that I enjoyed. A few things that I will never forget such as trying to go back to Johor Bahru for late dinner and then back again to Singapore the same night via Woodlands. Wow! That was amazing with the traffic jam and all. I wonder how many Malaysian could bare the jam in Woodlands' checking point? How could they bare working in Singapore and living in Malaysia? The jam is just too massive and horrible to me.
Anyway, I am glad that everything ended up not as bad as I thought it would be. All the hassle and bustle of the exposition and the problem with my cellphone which almost cost me so dearly has finally been resolved.

The only thing I like about Singapore is the greeneries. The trees are matured and big enough to give lots of shades to the motorists and pedestrians. It gives you the pleasant feeling while walking by the streets even in the afternoon when it's supposed to be very hot. I like the road as well because there's not many cars and there's no huge highways that are confusing like in Malaysia.

I went to Singapore Botanic Garden on my last day before going back to Malaysia on 28th Nov'05. My father used to tell me about the garden which is why I wanted to go and visit. I am now working with the Botanic Garden in Putrajaya and it makes it even vital for me to see all the botanical gardens in the world. I hope I could do that as time goes by. My love for plants and nature obviously comes from my parents whom both are into horticulture. I still can't believe that I am now working with something that I truly love doing. It's like a dream comes true working in a beautiful garden. A pleasure to my eyes everyday of my working days which helps me to forget my tiredness sometimes. Some people might not understand this passion of mine. How I wish I could just share the feeling of tranquility that I am feeling at the moment :)

The Eco Garden - The Wetland
I just can't help myself with the cute tree. It looks so cuddly for hugs :) And the black swans are very 'jinak'. It won't run away when you go near them.

Dragon Boat Grand Competition @ Singapore River

I was lucky to see the Dragon Boat Grand Competition along the Singapore River after my lunch at a place called Clarke Quay. Nice view. Truly something worth to be seen. I saw so many teams were competing for the race. The whole bunch of them are crowding the place. They really took it seriously. Going through the MRT for the first time in my life was an interesting experience because I hardly use the public transportation nowadays. I haven't tried the monorail or the ERL services even in Malaysia but I got to try the MRT in Singapore. That was interesting. The system is quite efficient as it goes to all the shopping malls.

Well, okay I have to stop now. My posting will not be so often from now on because I hardly have time to do anything else but work. Like my friend said, "kerja sampai mati ke?" Hahaha.... well, I give myself another year to work like this. I might be thinking of slowing down in year 2007.


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