Sunday, December 30, 2012

Land of Cik Siti Wan Kembang

Famous Kelantanese delicacy, Nasi Kerabu
2012 has almost come to a close and I find myself racing to post more stories which I have been procrastinating lately. Reason being, I was too busy or too caught up with numerous hobbies.

Yes, I went to Kelantan, the land of Cik Siti Wan Kembang. I wrote about the history before in my posting. Just click on the link. 

This time, I went with my good friend Pava as he was conducting one of his team building event at the state. We had our event at the Villa Danialla Beach Resort, a very tastefully decorated resort located in Tok Bali, Bachock, Kelantan. Surprisingly the resort was so beautiful, it took my breath away. May be I shall write about it in another posting.  

In this posting I just want to write about my craving for Nasi Kerabu and my trip to Pasar Besar Siti Kadijah. 

Ground Floor - The Wet Market
The Big Market of Pasar Besar Siti Kadijah
So we went to Kelantan via flight. It took us only about an hour from KL to Kelantan via flight in comparison with the unconventional method via driving a car, it took about 5-8 hours. So we saved a lot of time and energy. By the time we reached the airport, we rented a car to mobilise ourselves. The drive from airport to the resort took us about 45 minutes. 

The last day before we went back to KL, I urged the team to visit Koto Bharu, the capital of Kelantan State. I wanted to visit Pasar Besar Siti Kadijah to buy batik caftan dress for my sister. I promised them the dress. The journey from Tok Bali to Kota Bharu took us about 45 minutes. We do not know the way being non-native but thanks to the GPS, we found our destination.

Yours truly from the 2nd floor.
I managed to buy the batik caftan as promised for everyone with a reasonable price. This is also contributed by the fact that we went to the market early at the time the shops were just opening. I was excited since we left the resort because I knew I could bargain a good price for just about anything. It is believed among the traders there that first customer whom visited the store is important to 'pecah telur'. It means to break the egg. They believed that if they could sell it to the first customer who enters, they will get a continuous sale throughout the day. 

3rd floor  is for the dry stuffs.
Do not leave the market without buying some kepopok
Happy with my batik caftans, we went into the market to buy some other stuffs. I bought some keropok too. Keropok ikan tamban is my choice because it was made from ikan tamban, my favourite fish when it's fried. Nyum nyum.

Just before we go off to the airport, we went looking for Nasi Kerabu as what have been decided at the beginning of our trip to Kelantan. We promised ourselves, never to leave Kelantan without having one. And we got one! 

In Kelantan itself, the taste was out of this world. I ate every single grain of rice. Not even one left on my plate. That good it was! 

Satiated with all that we have desired, we reached Kuala Lumpur safely with a happy heart. Nice trip to be remembered :)






Bestest Friends Reunion 2012

Bestest friends reunion 2012 - Mona, Liza, Bibi and Bibi's daughter
I must record this historical meeting with my bestest of friends, Mona and Bibi. This unplanned meeting happened early this December. I was taken by surprised that Bibi called me out of a sudden for a meeting. It has been soooo long that the three of us didn't meet up due to our different directions in life. We forgot to even say hi to each other until this fateful meeting at Tony Roma's @ Pavillion, KL.

I have written about our last meeting in 2005. My Goodness! That long we had been separated. Unlike with Mona, I met her all the time. Our meeting was quite constant since graduation. We even met quite a lot during lunch time because both of us are in KL. But Bibi was totally in a different land. She is always in Miri, Sarawak and she was always busy with her family. Now she has 3 boys and 1 daughter.We got to see her latest addition, a 5 months old baby boy. Huwaa!!! I just can't believe it myself.

She was in KL for a family annual holiday. Although she has come to KL numerous times, she had never called us in fear that she might interrupt our lives. We keep ourselves updated via facebook and once in a blue moon by phone.

Once met, it was like the olden times. It was like we were never been separated. It felt just like home. Unfortunately time flies. We find it hard to say goodbye. I had lots of stuff to update her and she to update me. We promised to meet more often in the near future.

I love these two ladies, Mona and Bibi with my life. We have been best friends since our university's days. We were inseparable. We have known each other like nobody has even known us in this life. Old friends indeed is like wine. It gets better when it's aged :)

Nobody likes to be alone

Little bird in a rain taken from listofimages.com
December is also a monsoon season in the East Coast of Malaysia. A few states like Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang usually will have the annual flooding. Some had to be evacuated to temporary shelter as their homes are submerged in the flood water. As for West Coast Malaysia, December is also a raining seasons. Everyday is a rainy day. It's quite cooling and soothing. I like it but not everyone have the same opinion. For traders and pedlars who sell their wares in the outdoor, they have less appreciation of the rain. Well, surely Mother Nature can't please everyone.


I fell sick twice in December of this year. The first one was because of really bad flu and the latter was of too much stress. I had too much in my mind lately.


At time of sickness, we would realise many things in life which we seldom think about. As for me, I realised, I am actually very much alone. If I were to die during my worst sickness, nobody would have known. Meaning, I shouldn't be alone.

2012, was not really a good year but a better year than 2011. Hopefully 2013 will be as bright and colourful as the rainbow. I love colourful life, not a boring one. But well even when it's the worst year, it was never a boring year.

Sleepy kitten from listofimages.com
I would say till this December, I am about two months officially living as a single person. I can never get used to being alone too long. I hate being alone. It sucks.

When your mental was weak, you care less about other stuffs in your life. Everyday was like another meaningless day, going to work to get things done and to pay your bills. That's it. I do not like to do anything else. Some days are better than the others, so you went out with friends. But most of the days are like missing that person you used to have yet could never have. Tears...

It's not about having problems being with another guy. It's about getting over the last guy. It took me seriously two years to get over the first one of whom I think not worth all the sufferings. I hope this one will be a lightning speed and in time I might give my thanks to God for not wasting my time.

On a positive note, I am truly blessed with lots of love. The love of family and friends are aplenty. More than an average person could claim they have. These good friendship have been tested throughout time. I have great family bond that they keep me warm with blankets of love. What more a person could ask for in this world. . When I cry, I have a shoulder to cry on, when I am lonely and need someone to talk to, I have people to lend their ears. That is good enough for now.

2013 will be a year everyone should look forward to. The world is still revolving. Surprise! We are still alive. Make the best of it! 

Monday, December 03, 2012

Patchwork Quilt

Piecing it up together using a machine,
unlike in the olden days.
I had many praises for my late Mom. One of it was she was a great artisan. She has many unimaginable skills that many would have not the capability to learn in their lifetime. But my Mom was one of those special person on earth. Al-Fatihah. May she find peace in the life of the hereafter. 

I was properly brought up by my Mom. Not so much by my father. He was pretty much an outstation person most of his life. We hardly saw him at home but we do love him nevertheless. Unlike my late mother, she was our world. Living away from our home town had brought us family closer. She made sure the girls in our family has all the womanly skills needed to face our womanhood including a few skills that will ensure our survival in case of being jobless :) 

This is how it looks like in the close up.

One of my Mom's best talents were sewing. She handed it down in our blood. Although myself do not have the same blood type, I have all her features in terms of looks. Girls in my family including one of my brothers, all of us were forever grateful to God, that we can sew something or just anything and make a living out of it. She was my greatest inspiration in this entire world. How I miss her everyday. Thank you Mak (Malay endearment for a mother). 


The finish product.
The motif is called monkey wrench,
What I am about to share here in this posting is about patchwork and quilting. It is one of my many hobbies and now has becoming a real part time job. As always, this talent was handed down to me by my late Mom, my greatest Guru. She used to piece together little remnant cloths from her sewing project to make blankets and doormats. She was very diligent in sewing it by hand. I was impressed since I was very little. Everyone in our family has their own patchwork quilted blanket made by our Mom. She made it as gifts for relatives and friends too. I started making my own cotton blanket when I was 14 years old. A bit later though because I had too many interest in life. One of them at that time was making my doll's dresses, LOL! 

How it looks like in the baby crib.
So as you can see in the photos, these are my latest work. A baby gift to my younger sister who gave birth to a handsome baby boy, little Syaheem born in November 2012. I am so in love with little Syaheem already. She wanted it to be a baby set, which includes the baby quilt for mattress, 2 pillows and 2 bolsters. And another request was it has to be in green. So I made it exactly like requested. It took me about 3 days to assemble the whole thing together to completion. The hardest part was making the pillows because it was so tiny. The patchworks were made in smaller size in comparison with the baby quilt for the mattress. It was a relieve that my sister liked it :) 

Baby quilt is a great gift to your baby. It would be most memorable if you can make it yourself. It is not really difficult to make if you know how to operate a sewing machine, then you can do it definitely. Just find time to watch the tutorial on Youtube. It will help you a lot. 

Well, that's all for now. I never thought of sharing this part of me here in the blog. But on a second thought, why not :) 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Reminisce the Deepavali Journey

DEEPAVALI NALVALTULGAL :)
Deepavali is around the corner. Ever since 2005, I have never miss celebrating it in a way. I love visiting my friends' Deepavali Open House. It was the time to reconnect and revitalise friendships. I have lots and lots of Indian friends. And most of them are not mere friends, they are my dearest so close to my heart. I have known them since they were single and now married with families. 

Beside the celebration of triumph over evil and shine-your-light-always kind of feelings that Deepavali always brings, I have my own agenda. Dressing up is the reason I love festivals of any kind. I love to dress my self up to nine. It's my bread and butter. Or you may say wine and dine. One of those things that makes me feeling high. Lol! Crazy woman talking.

Can't refuse to pose near the flower basin
Being born in Selangor, then started schooling in Pahang, later find my glory in Sabah for the rest of schooling years and spend my life now in KL most of the time, I am pretty much a multicultural person head to toe. I will never tolerate racism in any forms. I will bash out all those who demote anyone in my presence.  Years of seeing many different things in life, years of experience with other cultures and ways of living, now I can never change to being a normal low profile person. I am never such words. I like it colourful like the rainbow. Colours bring cheers. I apply colour in every sector of my life. From the cloths preference, the shoes I wore, my hair style, my handbags and purses, my jewellery and my house deco.; all in wonderfully coordinated colours. Colours bring out your personality. And in my case, I love bright colours mixed with subtle colours to make it look right. You know, colour combination must always give the classy result. That's my style. Classy colours and never a dull moment.

Beautiful deco of a friend's wedding
in 2011
Reminiscent of my Deepavali milestones, here it is: 
2006 - Deepavali in a low profile manner being jobless and in a turmoil relationship. 
2007 - Celebrated Deepavali full swing with lots of love in the air
2008 - Celebrated Deepavali as a single person, broken hearted, away in the jungle or on top of  mountains.
2009 - Starting new job and having a new muse
2010 - Deepavali celebration full swing again
2011 - Deepavali was nice but on the edge of breaking down - Mom passed away
2012 - Expecting a fun loving time with old friends which have come long way since 2005.

Okay, that's how long I have been directly involved with Deepavali celebration. Before 2005, I have never had real Indian friends . However working in Putrajaya Botanical Garden had changed all that. And I never regretted that special place. Am really grateful to God. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all my friends who have made my life so colourful and meaningful all through these years. God bless each and everyone of you out there. 

HAPPY DEEVAPALI EVERYONE!!!



Sunday, November 04, 2012

Can A Man and A Woman be Best Friends?

We often wonder if there is a possibility of a man and a woman to be best friends. 

The answer is NO, man and woman can never be BEST FRIENDS
May be GOOD FRIENDS, YES.

Photo from Friends with Benefits Series
WHY?

Because the opposite attracts. Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. So eventually there will be some kind of love blossoming. It's fine if both are singles. But it's not fine if either one party has already been married or attached with someone. The friendship might turn to heartache at the end. FULL STOP.

Because of jealousies from spouses. If both man and woman have been married, the spouses will not tolerate it. Things can become ugly. You can never be able to 'lepaking' (chill) at your best friend's house whenever or wherever you feel like it if he or she has already been married. You can never be able to kick each other's ass or slap each other's face silly in the presence of the spouse. And worst of all, you can never be able to chat, sms, text or call the other often enough. Sometimes when you needed them the most, they were not available. But best friends need to do these stuffs. So how??? There are always restrictions. The spouses are always in the way. PERIOD.

Another thing to consider before you declare your best friendship is that, men and women have limitations in what they can do and share. The boundary pretty much determined by the society, religion or values in which they have been brought up with or the environment they live in. When people see a man and a woman having lunch or dinner often together, going out to movies or spend time together, the general perception was that both of you are a couple. A single man going into a single woman's apartment/house, the society will mark this as an immoral behaviour even when you did not do anything wrong in the house. These are the norms of most society. SAD BUT TRUE.

In Asia, most cultures can't accept the fact that men and women can be best friends. Tell me about it. I have one and failed. Now I am not a believer any more. STOP DREAMING.

However, with globalisation and the hype of media in all its form, the society has gone through a radical change. It is not spoken but yet it exist. Men and women now enjoy each other's company in a non-platonic manner but still a no string attached arrangement. We call it friends with benefit. In my opinion, this is the closest thing you can get in being best friends and yet trying to justify that there's no lovey dovey thing going on with the opposite sex and no intention of getting married to each other. Huh! SICK SMILE.

There you go, all the reasons why a man and a woman can never be best friends but just good friends. This is from my own opinion and personal experience. CIAO EVERYONE :) 

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Music Heals your Soul

Halloween make up - an attempt to be a cat
I went out partying more than ever. I am picking up life where I have left it. Piece by piece. Yeah. Four nights less than one week in the same month of October. Nights of music, dance and a test of friendship. Being single gives you this privilege to do anything that you like. No one to restrict your actions. Just go out and enjoy like there's no tomorrow. I kind of like it this way. For now.

The place I frequented lately is called Backyard. Yes, true to its name, it's located at the outskirts of nightspot areas of Sri Hartamas, KL. It's an old place that I have not visited for years. It's not known for being loud or crazy because it's more to a place for one to sit and chill with friends over dinner or drinks and be entertained by good music. They have live band every night. And a dance floor too. The food is great. If you love games of pool, you can have it there too. 

Every girl should have a best friend. My partner in crime
I was lucky that my birthday was on Sunday, so we went to backyard on Saturday's night to celebrate. The next day, we attended a wedding and went again at night to celebrate. On the eve of Halloween and night of Halloween we were there too. I am the type of person who enjoys being in the company of people, so I just can't sit alone too long by myself. I need to listen to the music, to sing out loud. I need to move on the dance floor, I need to celebrate this life. It's my escapism. 
Arumugam goes to Alabama - funny name for a band
Every performer in Backyard has been awesome. I have seen many of them and none have failed me. I love it. The photos I have here are one of a few that has performed in Backyard, one was the 'Arumugam goes to Alabama' and the other was a great songstress namely Poova and her band. The earlier band sang rock, reggae and pop music with an exotic twist in the music arrangements. They have 'sita' and 'tabla' instruments mixed beautifully into all the songs. And the singer sang beautifully with husky very manly voice. Pretty much impressive.
Ms. Poova and the band - she was like an Indian version of
Celine Dion - Fantastic voice!
As for the latter band, the singer Poova has proven that Malaysian can sing like the blacks. Her voice was so soulful and a bit of Celine Dionish kind of quality to it. She sang soul R&B and pop songs from her own album as well as others. She wrote her own songs as well, as she claimed. Very talented. At first we thought she was a bit reserved with her diva'ish style. But later, she gave in to the crowd and interacted quite warmly. We cheered over every song she sang. Fantastic voice.   

That's how I celebrated 2012 most memorable episode. I guess from now on I will update this blog more frequently. You know why? 

I got more to say this time. Huhuhu....

My last word for this posting taken from quote we often hear:

"A woman is like a rose, if you treat her right, she will bloom; if you treat her wrong she will wilt. A man's lost is another man's gain."








Sunday, October 28, 2012

Live and let live

My birthday, why wearing sari? Well, God knows why :)
I had the most memorable birthday ever in my life. A day in 2012 that will always be in my memory. Last year, I bought my new car on my birthday. It's the best present I have ever bought for myself. I was happy in a way. Although I didn't get to spend it with anyone special. In fact I didn't want to celebrate at all. Period. 

Without facebook and smart phone, very few people can remember birth dates. It was different in the olden days; when that person matters to us, we remember easily. So I kind of tested my family and my loved ones by hiding the date from my facebook. Voila! I can count with my fingers those who wished. I felt dejected, what a fake world and relationship we are having. The console was my new car. So nothing can be that bad if I had my new muse.

Now, I have a changed mentality. Who cares any more who remembers and who doesn't. In the end, nothing will ever last forever. Happiness, health, love and life, all will end eventually. It's an evanescent world we live in. I have lost too much. I am a mourner, yes. I've lived a life most normal people will not get a chance to experience. It took years to be okay. Yes what a wasted years. I know. People advice but I just wish they wear the shoes and try to act their advices. Now, I just say live and let live. 

This is not a good post but it has to be posted. I will remember it for the longest time. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

2012 Crystals


My current must wear accessories
I have been receiving a lot of inquiries and comments on my crystal postings even the ones that are very old. I think the new visitors to my blog came by from googling their favourite crystal names. When they stumbled upon my posting, some asked ridiculous questions such as can I give a reading of which crystals are most suitable based on their date of birth. For God sake! I am not a crystal expert nor a Feng Shui Master. I hope everyone is clear about that.

The postings I had in my blog are exclusively about my own crystal collection. I love semi precious stones and I believe that natural stones possess natural energy that can bring positivity into one's life. That's all. Natural stones are so colourful, they made my heart sing just by admiring their beauty. I do not practise nonsense stuff such as praying with my stones or using my stones for spiritual healing. No, I don't. I pretty much believe in God and all things on earth is created for a purpose. It has its own functionality and energy but all things are by God's willing and of our own effort.

Again I am writing about my private crystal collections. I just love them and wanted to share more stories about them. The above photos are my crystal bracelets that have been revived; i.e. restringing. Since it uses elastic rubber string, it needs replacement at least once a year because it is easily worn out or the band loosened  its elasticity.

Crystals are semi precious stones created by nature just like diamonds millions or thousands of year ago. However, it is not as expensive as the diamonds, rubies or sapphires because they do not have the flawless clarity of those stones and they are more fragile in comparison. You can break it to pieces with a hammer unlike diamond which is hard and made of carbon. It takes another diamond to cut a diamond.

Why do people wear crystals?
You might ask this question. I would answer simply that crystals are beautiful. They made you feel at peace by just admiring its beauty. Again, they are not as expensive as diamonds and rubies but they are as beautiful to be had as jewellery. Almost everyone can afford them. Some of the most famous type of crystals are agate, amethyst, opal, tourmaline, quartz and turquoise, to name a few.

Another reasons why crystals are popular is because some people also believed that crystals have special powers. Different type of crystal carries different type of aura or energy to its wearer. I do not believe it its special powers, however I do believe that it reflects positive energy. It triggers positive feeling because of its colours and beauty. As simple as that. Again, if you believe it, it will be your truth. Thoughts become things, that's what law of attraction say.


Green Water Agate


21-Eye Dzi Beads + Obsidian + Petrified Wood (new addition)

Citrine

My new crystal addition in 2012 is a Citrine bracelet that can be seen in the photo above. I love Citrine because it's colour, yellow and clear. I bought it during the Venus transition over the sun moment. It feel so special just by that fact. Hahaha :)

Petrified Wood - a crystallised real wood
And I added two (2) Petrified Wood beads into my existing Obsidian-21 Eye Dzi Beads bracelet. The story was like this. One day as I walked out from an eatery, my bracelet broke. The beads flew everywhere. I had to search it on the ground. I thought I've lost two of the obsidian beads so when I went for restringing, I tried to match it with another Obsidian but the shop didn't sell the stone. I have no choice but to choose a different stone. Petrified Wood was so unique, I decided to have them in between the Obsidian. It looks great when combined. You can see the photo above.



Wednesday, June 06, 2012

21

Yours truly
21 is a significant number to me. I bought my first mobile phone, a Motorola flip phone on 21st day of October 2000. It was my birthday. The number starts with 21 too which makes it so special. I remembered the details of that day even after mote than a decade. The sales man told me happily that it was his girlfriend's birthday too and they are going to celebrate later that night. I thought it was just me but I am not alone. 21 is special to many people. Before we go on, I would like to share the meaning of number 21 in many ways possible.

Birthday
Here are some of the famous people in the world that was born on 21st October. Lol! Source wikipedia.
  1. 1833 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and founder of the Nobel Prize (died in 1896)
  2. 1886 – Eugene Burton Ely, American aviation pioneer (died in 1911)
  3. 1924 – Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa (d. 2003)
  4. 1931 – Shammi Kapoor, Indian Actor (died in 2011)
  5. 1948 – Shaye Cohen, Historian and Professor at Harvard University
  6. 1969 – Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, crown prince of Bahrain
  7. 1980 – Kim Kardashian, American socialite, model and reality television star

Numerology
21 make up to No. 3, i.e. 2+1=3
Meaning of No. 3 -   This is the number of self-expression. 3s are often happier when they are in an environment that allows them to express themselves. This number often denotes the creative soul. If you have always been drawn towards artistic endeavors, chances are that you have a 3 in your numerology profile. Some of 3’s positive characteristics include being friendly, popular, versatile, passionate, talented, witty, romantic, and charming. Some negative traits for 3s include vain, wasteful, gaudy, domineering, critical, fickle, and egotistical. (from numerologist.com)

Horoscope
Venus transiting the sun at 10.37am (Malaysian time)
Observed @ Sandakan, Sabah, 6th June 2012
Copyright photo: Redzuan Tahar
21st October falls under the 7th astrological sing in the zodiac of 12 signs. It is ruled under the planet of Venus. Today marks a special day of Venus transiting the Sun. I thought today was really a special day for me too :)

Libra's symbol is scales. It is the only non-living symbols in the zodiac too. Here are a more elaborate explanation of being a Libran woman :

Libra woman mostly has an egg oval facial shape. She has a nice smooth skin and a good figure. She will spent so much efforts to keep her skin clean and pretty. She can be easily allergy to cosmetic and make up, but taken care of her face and avoid wrinkle is her hobby. She is good at it and tend to look younger than her age. She can be very naughty like a little boy, but yet fully 100% woman. She looks nice in either Jean or night gown. She thinks woman is equal to man. Sometimes she can think faster than you, but she will not leave you far behind. She will try not to make you feel like you are competed or defeated in any games she plays with you even she is winning. She is a little flirt even she has no idea what she wants. She can not decide what to do, and what not to do, so she can not set her schedule very well in all cases. She is gifted with how to dress, and how to match her dress. She likes to dress in black and wear perfume. She likes a mild flowery scent. In any argument, she can really argue. She can argue for hours, and mostly win the argument. If it is not a serious argument, she could argue and once a while give you a smile also. Woman in other Zodiac might not care what other people think, but Libra woman care what other people ,or what you feel as much as her own feeling. She can adjust to her environment very well, so at work she will be at the ladder up. She likes team work in doing things. If you ask her for help or advice, she will help you except if she does not like your guts. She can change you and make you think you change by yourself without her influence. Good side of being with Libra woman are she never interfere with your privacy. She will not make you loose face in front of your friends. Even she cares about how much money she has left his her bank account, she will never forget to let you know how much she cares for you. She think taken care of the house is a woman job and she can do it well. But if you expect a Libra woman to fear you, then you are wrong. She is a strong woman even she looks at you with that sweet innocent pairs of baby's looks and may loose you (let you win) in a few poker games. (This was sent by a friend via an email. Seriously, I do not know the source).


Al-Quran
Verse 21, Surah 30 (Chapter 30); here it goes. Coincidentally, it is very interesting surah where Allah SWT explained of his existance in within men and women that they are created in pairs to love each other's companionship.




21-Eye Dzi Beads


The Tibetan beads are believed
to protect its wearer
The word "Dzi" translated from Tibetan means "shine, brightness, clearness, and splendour"; and the Chinese interpretation of "Dzi" is "heaven's pearls" (Wikipedia). Dzi beads are precious beads with symbols such as circles, waves or lines that have certain meaning to the Tibetans. It has been worn since the ancient time about 2000 years back. The original beads are handed down from one generation to another and it is very precious as well as rare nowadays. What we have in the market now are new Dzi Beads made from agate  that has been etched with the patterns. Though not as old as the original, still, it carries certain aura or protection to its wearers.

21 eyed Dzi is believed to be very powerful. It helps one attains highest level of enlightenment; materialises wishes, strengthens one's reputation, power and influence. It is also believed to dispel obstacles and ensures smooth-sailing luck.












Fashion
In fashion, you will find Forever 21, a clothing brand for the young and trendy. This brand is for those who likes vibrant colours and outstanding appearance that turns heads. People with outgoing personality will want to wear Forever 21. The brand produces clothing accessories as well. So you just mix and match to bring out that wonderful personality that you have.

TV Series/Films

In the late 80s and early 90s, there was this popular cop series that marked the success acting career of Johny Depp. The TV series is called 21 Jump Street.He was the teen idol of that era. Drop-dead-gorgeous kind of look. Making your heart to skip a bit. Now the series has been made into a movie starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was released on March 16, 2012.
Jonas Brothers acted in this movie

Another movie with number 21 as a title is 21 Grams. I was not aware of this movie when it was out, though. I stumbled upon it when googling everything that is 21. Quite interesting movie. 21 Grams was a movie in 2003 starred Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. You will get the details about the movie here.

The title refers to a belief propagated by the early 20th century research of physician Dr. Duncan MacDougall which attempted to show scientific proof of the existence of the immortal human soul by recording a small loss of body weight (representing the departure of the soul) immediately following death. The research by MacDougall attempted to follow the scientific method and showed some variance in results (21 grams is the reported weight loss from the death of the first patient). His final report was not fully recognised by the scientific community at the time. The film presents MacDougall's findings as accepted scientific fact as a form of dramatic license (info from Wikipedia).

Hmm... what a research. Interesting but can't be proven and not recognised, ya.

Movie 21
One more movie is '21'. Yup, as simple as that. It was released in 2008. The story is about a bunch of brilliant youngsters (students) playing blackjack in Vegas and won big time. The rest you have to watch. I have not, of course watched it yet. Just one to mention it here.
Music

Ahhh.... This one I truly love. The world has seen another rare talent. ADELE. She sang from the heart and so beautifully. It's hard not to like her. She's just so awesome. Apart from being naturally beautiful like an English Rose, she has great personality, very articulate, funny, bubbly and yet humble at the same time. Her album was named '21' depicting her journey towards maturity. As of this posting, she's only 26 years old.

21 is her second studio album. Most of the songs were written or co-written by herself. It tells story about love and rejections. What makes her album so special was that, everyone could relate to her songs because it was so sincere. She won many awards in Britain as well as in the US for this album. Her most popular songs are Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You and Set Fire to the Rain among a few. Other singles were received well and topping most of the radio charts everywhere in the world! Amazing. 

Science
In medical science, 21 can be related to Trisomy 21 a condition where there is an extra copy of chromosome No, 21 in a person. This condition is also called Down Syndrome, a name derived from a British Physician who first described the condition, namely Dr. John Langdon Down in 1866. A chromosome is an organized structure of DNA and protein found in cells. It is a single piece of coiled DNA containing many genes, regulatory elements and other nucleotide sequences. Chromosomes also contain DNA-bound proteins, which serve to package the DNA and control its functions.  (Info from Wikipedia). In the case of a child born with Down Syndrome, the No. 21 chromosome has three genes, unlike two or in pairs for all the 23 chromosomes as in normal case.


Environmental Protection
The United Nation initiative for a better world. Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment. Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

Wedding
21st October 2012, my birthday and I will be attending my good friend's wedding. How cool is that, LOL!. I am going to have a blast on the Eve and on the Day itself. It's a double celebrations :)

I have revealed too much about myself, I know. Well... sometimes, we just need to let go, share it to the world to make it meaningful. Happiness or sadness will have no meaning if it's kept secret to self, isn't it. Being human makes us so vulnerable. We need constant stimulation and constant companionship. No one wants to be feeling alone in this world. That's why social media is a huge success. I am a sucker for social media. It's part of my life and my work :)

Many of my friends will not agree but again, everyone lives by the own rules. We are the author of our own lives. I choose whatever is mine and I choose to write my story away, share it and be happy. After all, sharing is caring :)

Chiow. Have a nice day everyone. Mwah! Mwah!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Blues

I couldn't write anything nice about Mother's Day because it has been marked with sadness and tragedy. One year is not enough a time for me to forget. The wound is not healed as I still feel the pain.

I pray everyday for her soul to rest in peace and be blessed in heaven. I pray for myself to be released from the pain. I couldn't see the road in-front of me because it blurred by the tears. And I am desperately wanting to go forward to the next destination. Amin...

I felt better today for great comfort from a friend.  When many close friends we thought would have understood but yet abandoned us, the most unexpected comfort came from some where far away. Thank you so much dear. I hope you read this. Mwah! Mwah!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Little Climb for A Big Girl with Big Ambition

9 members went up the hill
"Liza you buat apa malam ni? Jom ikut aku naik Bukit Tabur" (Liza what are you doing tonight? Let's follow me climbing Tabur Hil)

My usual partner in crime in the outdoor world sent me the unexpected sms. I was a bit sceptical whether to go or not because I've been out of the outdoor scene for almost 2 years now. I don't even know if I have enough stamina to climb the 1000m pure quartz hill. Although I've climbed it many times in the past, but still it needs some kind of a stamina especially climbing with my good friend Mahfiz who had just came back from major climb in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

"Mahfiz, you all go ahead, I think I am not ready for this climb. Nanti kena tinggal belakang jer sebab tak de stamina" (I might be left at the back because I had no stamina). Then Mahfiz replied "Ala, tak per, ni kawan-kawan Langkawi jer, diorang pun bukannya laju sangat" (It's ok... the Langkawi friends are going and they are not that fast either). I replied again "It's ok, you all go ahead, I will come anyway to send you off and to say hi". Mahfiz seemed not to be happy with my reply, he said "Tak kira, ikut jugak!" (I don't care, you have to follow in regardless!). I didn't say yes or no. I just text him a smile :).

It was Friday, the plan was to go after work, around midnight. This is our usual time to climb Bukit Tabur because by the time we reached the top, we could have supper and sleep for awhile. Early in the morning, we could see the sunrise and decent without having to queue with lots of people. Bukit Tabur on weekends was like a carnival for climbers. Lots of them and at difficult points, you might have to wait for hours for your turn. It could be very hot as well if you climbed in the day time. As you are reaching above 500m level, trees and vegetations are scarce due to the quartz stones.

That night, we met around 10pm, I decided just to go with it. Who cares if I got left behind for being too slow. I just need to do this because I've not done it for so long. I missed hiking and the outdoor so much. I've put so much weight being depressed and not doing anything. This is the time to kick start my active mode. So the rest was history. I went to the climb and I was not slow. In fact I never lose my gait and my usual pace in the jungle. It was so natural to me. God knows I felt like I was at the top of the world. It felt so good :)

The climb started around 12.30midnight. It took us about 2 hours to reach the top and start the camp. Not our best time. Usually we did better than 2 hours but this climb is all about leisure and feel good with friends.

The next morning we started our day a bit late because we slept late around 4.00am. We woke up almost around 8.00am and we missed the sunrise! Lol! We took some photos at the top, we met with people already on the track. The decent took us less than 45minutes. You can simply run down if you like but be careful of your knees and footing. Some people might stressed too much on the toes because it's very stiff decent and needed a sure footing. Beginners are advised to use a trekking pole to give a better balance.

Well... that's all for now. I hope to do more climbing from now on. I have ambition to go again to Mount Rinjani. It was my most beautiful climb ever. Till then, hope this posting is useful to beginner climbers out there. Till then, take care... chiow!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Riang Riang Cicada

Picture of an adult cicada courtesy of Ecotourism Society of Himachal Pradesh
It was the most frightening thing. The invasion of a cicada. Oh no!!! I am so frightened by it.

I knew it the moment I heard the first annoying buzzing sound and the constant flipping of wings over closed glass. Sounds like a really big tough cicada to me. But I was like who cares. You can't come in.

I thought my windows were neatly closed but NO! It scared me out to see, a single very tough-ancient-looking-cicada victoriously flew into my living room. Banging its head to the ceiling as if trying to attack. Oh yes I got scared now. I ran into my bedroom but couldn't let my self leave the creature be. I need to scare it out of my space.

I took a towel to cover my body. Of course, its necessary. I have to. Everyone who has lived in a jungle for 2 months and more will know what cicadas are capable of doing. This cicada was like a giant. Black brown and it's huge. Body length of almost 3 inches. If it banged your body, you will feel the pain like someone poked you with a stick real quick. I had it many times when I was in Mulu. 2 months living in the deep jungle of Borneo. A serene life indeed and a life I will always miss. Love every moment of it.

In Mulu, cicadas have its season. During the season, you'll see them everywhere invading your living space, on your porch, your veranda, on trees and everywhere. It was the most annoying experience. They sang to you the ancient song as if they were singing their last song to die or to mate, I don't know. They banged into you in every direction till you scream as loud as their noises. Every night was like a battle. We used umbrella to cover ourselves from colliding with cicada and we never opened our windows in the evening. Very troublesome creatures. If one stuck inside any room, you will not have a goodnight sleep for sure :)

Song of a cicada, from a distance, they sing in unison, it was sometimes soothing to the ears. But singing alone, as if screaming in a closed room can really drive you crazy. I tell you truly.

Surprisingly, cicadas have a longer lifespan compared to other species, in lay man term, bugs species. Some can reach a lifespan of 17 years. They do not bite nor eat other insects. They are herbivore. Young cicadas looked like some kind of unattractive earth bug living underground by suckling liquid from plant roots. I think I have found it at one particular instance of my life. Young cicadas without wings, live underground for a few years before they shoved out of the earth and stick themselves on plants to shed their skin to become a mature cicada. And nobody knows why a cicada appeared one moment and disappeared the next time only to come back next year at almost the same period of time. The wonder of nature. Love the mystery :)
 
Back to my cicada story, finally it got itself settled near my front door. I opened the door. I used a broom to encourage it to fly again so that I could sweep it out of the room. Finally it fell down on the floor, I managed to do just what I intended to do. Bye bye...

Oh yeah, in Malaysia, we called cicada, 'riang riang'. It means, a plural of happy happy or jolly jolly or joy joy feeling. Lol!

Now I feel much better and at peace. Continue with American Idol 11. Good night all :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Life is full of surprises

I googled this photo and this the closest
to the little girl who smiled at me.  
Life is full of surprises. I had a pretty bad day earlier in the morning.

During my lunchtime, I went home to pick up something I left for my work. On my way to the lift, there was this Indian child with her mother. I walked beside them I wanted to go to my apartment as soon as possible to beat the time. While waiting for the lift, the child looked up at me with curiosity written all over her face. I wondered what she was thinking. She showed so much interest and fascination. She didn't bother to look away when I looked back at her. Then she did the most unexpected thing; she waved her little palm at me as if saying hi. She was smiling brightly like a little sunshine brightened up my day.

I couldn't help but smiled back. Then the lift door opened, we all went inside. Surprisingly they were going to the same floor. And that little girl was still looking at me. I tried to avoid making an eye contact. But it's very hard in the small lift. So I smiled at her again. She did another amazing thing. She came towards me, grabbed my hand as if pulling me towards her. I was a bit taken by her surprising act. I hold her hand softly then I said hi... how are you babe? The little girl could not be more than 2 years old. She was looking so adorable with her brimming smile. She waved at me again, and she said hi back. The mother was getting embarrassed, she pulled her away from me with an apology. But it was okay. The lift door opened and they went out first to the end of the opposite corridor from my apartment. That was it.

I said to myself... God wants me to know that I am loved no matter what, it's going to be okay. I said my thanks. Thank you God. I noted that.

Then on my way back to the office, another amazing thing happened. I was lost in my thoughts. I heard someone honking, so I looked to my side. A driver in a SUV with a passenger was showing his thumb up to me. As if saying, 'Is everything ok, Miss? I was spontaneously showed my thumb-up back to him, as if saying 'I am good, no worries'. The driver honked me again before overtaking. Smiling together with the passenger at the side. God knows what they were thinking.

Okay, God wants me to know that I am not alone no matter what, someone will always care for me. I see God's grace through perfect strangers. God sent me the message. What a blessing. I said my thanks to Allah. Thank you for showing me all the signs.

What a day. I will never forget the event before I met the little girl. One thing I know for sure is that I am going to be okay :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hunger Hurts

Something came to me today, a realisation that simple things of gratitude heals your soul in many ways. I came to realise today that not everyone in this world is fortunate to live like me. When I listed down all my gratitudes, I realised, how endless it was. In comparison with other less fortunate people of the world, I feel ashamed of myself. We constantly asked for more thinking we never had enough. This time, I wanted to immediately share my thoughts here, before this feelings left me.

Lately I tend to eat a lot. More than I should. My hectic schedule makes me hungry often than not. Sometimes, I ate in my car rushing to the office. By the time I reached my destination, it's work work work, almost non-stop. My friends from time to time reminded me of my time management and my weight. I need to make time for other stuffs in life such as proper exercise and quality time with family. I know... I know... 

It's TGIF today. The lunch break is longer than usual. So I went to see my sisters at their respective working place. I asked my little sister, let's go for lunch. She was having an oatmeal drink. She said, she's on diet. I said; 'What died? Let's go eat'. She hesitated for awhile then said, 'No lah I am dieting on my pocket'. I realised my adorable little sister was talking about money. My heart immediately touched. I said, put down that nonsense drink. Let's have proper lunch. She jumped immediately and off we went lunching together. 

Friday is always my most favourite day because of its long lunch break. I get to see all my sisters. We will have lunch together most of the times and catch up with one another. My tight schedule and various interest in life makes it hard for me to spend time with my own family even on weekends. Ever since my Mom passed away, I hardly go back home. It's just too uncomfortable and sad still. I prefer to not be reminded of the pain.

Back to the eat thingy, I realised that not everyone has enough money to eat all the time. Even a-well-to-do people are short sometimes that they had to limit themselves to certain things in life. But worst to the not-well-to-do people of the world. The impoverished people of the world like in Africa. It makes me sad to think about my sister skipping her lunch to save money. It's even worst to think about African children who looked like living skeleton not eating for many days. I almost feel like crying having these visual in my head. 

I wanted to post some of the pictures that shows these impoverished children of the world. How it hurts to not being able to eat regularly. It hurts just to see. How it hurts to experience such thing called hunger. I will pray and do my best to contribute towards a hunger free world. I hope all my readers out there, please reach out to your neighbours, see if they have enough, help if they are not. Lend your hand to the needy, search in the web of any organisations that you could lend a hand or material to help to ease their burden.

Never waste your food unnecessarily. It's a sin! Remember those who have nothing to eat. The amount of food that we wasted can feed the poor. So eat less. Save the money to give to the poor. 

Just my thoughts and advice to myself. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Little Lost House Sparrow

Flying aimlessly in the enclosure of our office
As we are turning our surroundings into jungle of irons and bricks, have we ever wondered how the animals fare? We can still see birds flying in between the skyscrapers. They live amongst us human who reaped them of their real habitat. Surprisingly, many animals adapting very well in the city. Scavengers like the crows, the alley cats and loosed dogs for examples. But I only want to talk about birds and definitely not crows.  

Birds can live alongside humans, nesting whatever trees, roofs and places they thought would be safe from disturbances. But still, if you looked closely many birds died of banging themselves into glasses of our skyscrapers. They couldn't differentiate between the open sky and the reflections on the glass windows. Sometimes at home, you might see a bird attacking your window especially those that were tinted that has a mirror effect. The male bird would think that they saw another male bird and was trying to defend its territory. A sadistic death awaits of course. Sigh...

Poor little creatures, they had to live with the hustle and bustle of human development.

I have special connection with birds. Where ever I go, I will have myself surrounded by this little creatures. How? Well... I myself do not know how. They just came to me naturally, many special encounters. I wrote about them very often in this blog too. My regular readers will know it. I love birds dearly. My favourite creatures :)

So my story this time is about how I saved one lost little house sparrow which has been trapped in my office, for a few days I figured, because it was so weak. Can't even fly proper. One fine Monday morning, I went into the printing room. A girl was a bit frightened. I asked, why? She said, looked, there's a bird trapped inside here. Immediately I saw it, trying haplessly to fly out of the closed window. I wondered how it got in. The windows were all locked. I couldn't open it. So I catch it in my hand. Easily. Big smile cause I love birds. Everyone else were taken aback seeing me holding the bird as if it's a disgusting thing. So what? I am a jungle girl! 

The little lost house sparrow that I saved coming out from
its delirium after being passed out

I carried it to the nearest window but by carelessness, it got itself freed before I could even open the window. It banged itself towards all the glasses and finally passed out. I thought it has died. It didn't move but still breathing. Quickly, I took it to the washroom, get it to drink some water. It gulped in eagerly. Obviously very thirsty. And a few second afterwards, I could feel it in my hand, writhing to free itself. I took it to the open window and released the poor little thing. It flew just fine from the 4th floor of our building. Big smile :)

So, that's all folks. My simple little lost bird story that made my day on Monday. Hehe... 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

True Love is Never Selfish

Grief is the price we pay for love. ~Queen Elizabeth II~

If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point. ~Dirk Benedict~

Talking about love, human beings are mere weaklings. Prone to break down over small matters, some even die of heartaches. Surprised? Well... don't be. Although, human brain is said to be the best in the world. Our intellect precedes all kinds of living on earth but when the heart rules, priceless brain goes to the drain.

Talking about love, some are lucky some are not. It takes two to tango. One hand can never make any sound.  Love has to be mutual. Successful love brought meaning to a person's life. Frustrated love brought misery and sometimes permanent damage to a person's life. Which one are you?

Still want to talk about love. The good side of love, it makes our life beautiful. Great problems of the world can be solved with just love. It changes negative to positive, anger to compassion and impoverished to aplenty. The list goes on and on, so endlessly. I love this part about LOVE.

Again, let's talk about love. The bad side of it. Love is a process. One day you are in love, and next, you fell out of love. Love is a solid stuff. Metaphorically speaking, it is solid like a thing that can be cut into pieces, and also can be divided into two pieces, three pieces or maximum four pieces for Muslims. Meaning, you can love truly more than one person. It's not exclusive, for everyone. So count your blessings, girls.

Finally, talking about love. True love is never selfish. When you love, you want your other half to be happy. Their happiness is your happiness too. You wanted to give as much as you receive. Not all true love end up in the holy union. Unselfish side of true love is the ability to let go and the ability to sacrifice the bliss of a union for the sake of others. Even when it hurts, even when it breaks. Only time will heal the pain.

Never lose faith in true love.
Love unconditionally and love selflessly.
Give as much as you can, and allow others to give as well.
Spread only love to everyone, human and animals too.
Coz loving does not cost you a single thing.

The Greatest Love of All.... Rest In Peace W.H. for we will always love you. We never had enough of this fragile legend. Just like Michael Jackson 'Gone too Soon'.

Friday, January 13, 2012

EXUBERANT 2012

Spread only love for 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!

Not too late I supposed. This is only the 13th day in  January 2012. Already we can feel the exuberance of the year and what's in store for us all. Be it good or bad, apocalypse what not, we need to stay positive. We fake it till we make it, LOL!

I don't care about the Mayan Calendar. I don't care if it's the end of the world or Friday the 13th. If it happens, it happens and nobody can prevent the work of God. At the same time, we shouldn't be pessimistic, live in fear and forgetting to make the best of the present. Do not waste our time. JUST LIVE, PEEP!

There were instances that broke me into pieces in 2011. I had to deal with lots of pain and heartache. I lost my beloved Mom in May, just one day after Mother's Day celebration. It was the worst episode in my entire life. Thinking of it alone brought back the pain. Then my father got married again less than 6 months after her demised. I was heartbroken. It's the end of the world for me. But life is for the living. Everyone has to move on eventually, so does my father. I forgive him for doing it so fast and no choice but to love him :)

YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS BUT NOT YOUR PARENTS :)

My career was going downhill in 2011. But I never regretted it a single bit. I got the chance to really find myself, be with my Mom more and discover my hidden talents. The greatest blessing was that I got a new job. One of my dreams has come true. It was the closing of a chapter in my life and the opening of another.

SOMETHING ENDS, SOMETHING BEGINS.

I have people around me who still love me in regardless of my situation. 2011 was the test of friendship, love and perseverance. My sisters were always there to support my ups and downs. They were there to share my pain and my emotional turmoil. I was lucky to have my friends to patiently motivate me to stay strong and to move on. I thank God for the blessing of good friends and so much love in my life.

GOD IS GREAT.

End of 2011 was the première of more good things to come. I am so looking forward to a better tomorrow. But for now, I just want to live in the present.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, WORLD!

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