searching the extrodinary in something ordinary

Friday, February 24, 2006

I was reading this post when i came across the part about the "open secret" about how no one can insult u if you don't let them. Then something i read sometime ago just came back to me. I am quoting this from a book titled "The incredible phenomenon of karma". And i feel its pretty right. Not meant to be preachy though. But religious material or not, it still does apply no? So here goes

One day, a non-Bhuddist insulted Buddha. Buddha kept in silence without talking back. Later a disciple asked Buddha, "Someone just criticized you a few minutes ago. Why didn't you talk back to him ?"
Buddha asked the disciple, "If someone gives you a gift but you don't want to accept it, what will you do with the gift?"
The disciple answered, "The sender should bring the gift back"
Buddha said, "That's right. If someone blames you but you keep silent without talking back, then those bad words will be brought back by this person. Therefore, silence sometimes is the best solution"

Perhaps some might feel as if silence means admiting defeat. I was contempelating that too, But then the winner is not the one that wins the physical battle, but the one that overcomes the psychological battle.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Lets see, what have i been doing this few days. Other than last Sat's k and scary movie session, Sunday was for breakfast get together. And since its been quite a while since we went dim sum, i suggested that eventhough i didn't have a particularly strong craving for it. Then somehow we decided to pay summit's dog show a visit. So many cute and big dogs around. my heart was just melthing. But sigh..... i can't own one anytime soon. No pics there since i was busy admiring the dogs. And those that i took were too far away to see much.

Later went grocery shopping with my mom and i discovered this

its a limited edition kit kat. And its lemon cheese flavour. Some how i saw it, picked it up and turned to my mum and just smiled and say, " buy ya ;p" ha ha ha. I think the lemon cheese flavour somehow got to me. Not that i used to be such a huge fan of cheese not too long ago. But i think it was absolutely delicious. It does have that lemon cheese flavour. Without refrigeration the outer coating has a nice smooth and soft ish creamy feel to it while the inner layer is of course the wafer. But too bad i only had one stick and its gone. The rest of the bounty was shared with my mom and two brothers. It goes for about rm 2 ++ for a pack of 2 with 2 "fingers" in each pack. Something different from the normal chocolate kit kat.

Besides those i bought ingredients for my cooking adventure as well. Unfortunately yeast wasn't in that list. I thought i had some at home. Turns out it expires 2000 instead of 2006 as i heard it. So i got all ready for some baking and couldn't do bread. So i decided i shall do cakes instead. No recipe though. Took 2 eggs, seperate white and yolk. Whip whites till stiff. took 3 table spoons of butter about 4 table spoons of sugar mix everything with the egg yolks. Half a rice bowl of flour dumped in and mixed. Then fold the mixture into the egg white and bake. This is the result.

Doesn't look like much, but its surprisingly edible. Just not fluffy enough. I plan to reduce the amount of flour used the next time. In fact it reminds me of the cake my mom used to make. Just that mine isn't as dry thus not crunchy enough ;) ha ha ha.

Monday morning went for basketball with Oon-Ee and totally felt old and unhealthy. Well at least i am getting some exercise. Played 2 on 2 against 2 kids which are in form 1 and form 2. And hmmm got owned :P. But i was seriously exhuasted. I am almost twice their age man.

And later in the afternoon mom brought me over to summit for facial and later i managed to squeeze in a haircut. I have been wanting a fringe for a while. Was thinking of something like this

The hair dresser that was suppose to do my hair didn't know who rainie was, so she asked this other guy who knew to take over. But then he was telling me her hairstyle is very severe in a sense where almost half a head of hair becomes the fringe. He ask me if i really wanted that. Sigh but i chickened out. Maybe i should have sticked to the plan. So what i got was this instead.

I guess it could have been a little thicker on the front. Ah well, maybe next time. Besides will see how some make up will look with this. Anyways it was suppose to be just a cut but ended up being a cut, wash and blow. And the straightened my hair for me with the iron so everything was nice and smooth.

so i spent rm 35 unexpectedly. sigh. I wanted to curl my hair though. But that would have to wait.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

A lady walks in through the main entrance. Stops in front of a shop that is under construction and shielded from the public eyes by ply woods which are the norm for shops that are under construction in a shopping mall. The signs on the ply wood says Heinstand swiss gourmet bakery. She pulls open one of the make shift doors in the ply wood fort to look inside. Looks around and shuts it again. Looks around outside and then finally found who she was looking for. A mat salleh guy walks towards her. And they exchange a hearty hand shake. And both of them walks through the ply wood makeshift fort.

Thats what i saw when i was sitting in summit waiting for my friend's arrival. I can't wait for that shop to open. I wonder what kind of delicious wonders is going to come out from their kitchen. But i wonder if i will be able to afford it. Well, stay tuned and i shall have a few photo entries on the stuffs that is going to be sold in this shop.

Anyways, went for k in summit song bird today. i should seriously come here for my future karoake outings. Its 9.90 for buffet lunch and 3 hours of singing bliss. Then later got draged to watch a "ghost" movie called 49 days. But it turns out instead of being scared out of my wits, i was actually crying more than screaming. A rather sad show indeed. Either that or i am pmsing. Ha ha ha. but i am sure there are quite a number of ppl crying in the cinema other than me. Sigh sigh. But anyways, i highly recommand this show so give it a watch. Then u can tell me if u find it as sad as i do. Oh besides that its kinda funny too in someparts. There are parts which are predictable. But there are parts which leaves u guessing too. So i think its not a bad movie to watch.

Friday, February 17, 2006

This is it. The last hour of my work. Nothing spectacular but well much awaited. One thing that i noticed though is that me and my supervisor are hopeless at communicating on a level more than just work. We basically don't talk much beyond that. Which i find kinda amusing and a little bewildering, given that i am able to at least talk about other stuffs with other ppl's supervisor. Why ah? Is it that we both just don't have the best skills at communicating or that because he is my supervisor, that's why a degree of seperation has to be maintained. Which i really don't agree la. And even if i can't admit to being the most charasmetic person around i tend to try to at least find a common topic.

Anyways, since this was the last day, i was planning to go up to him to thank him and what nots 30 - 15 mins before work ends. But unexpectedly, he came up to me so much earlier and gave me his calling card and said good luck for my future endevours. I didn't even get to thank him properly coz i am not good at this before getting prepared. But all in all, he is a great guy and a great supervisor seeing as to the rest of the ppl never got a great explaination as to what they are doing. Ah well, another hurdle completed. level up!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I am guessing no one or at least very little people would know how to read this. But anyways this is the song that i have been kinda hooked to. Don't ask me why though coz i don't think the melody is that great anyway. But it sort of stuck itself in my head. But i feel the melody sounds kinda old scholl hong kie. Gives a nostalgic feeling. The singer is a new artist. Sort of anyways, since she won some new comer award or something for the 28th RTHK award thingy. If you are interested you can stream the song from here. Just follow the two words on the very top and click on the first link to the title's right.













It was raining swimming pools yesterday. The rain was the heaviest in a long time man. And what do i do, but to call on my dad for help though he was home and had to drive all the way here to pick me up and then send me back home before heading out again. But i should have known better than to expect there to be no jam. But it really makes me wonder how would it be if i were to be on my own and have no one to rely on in situations like this. I guess i will survive. Its just that i tend to get lazy and dependent when help is around. Unfortunately the traffic was so bad that i ended up being droped at pyramid to take a bus home while my dad rushes off somewhere else. He should have used the LDP in that case. Sigh.... Anyways, as i was on the bus i wasn't able to get a sit as is expected. So i stood at aisle. And as usual i tend to try to take care that i do not get pick pocketed by paying close attention to my bag especially in the presence of shady characters. But i hate to do it too obviously so i was slowly trying to pull my bag towards the front since its a sling bag. But sometimes life just throws you some pleasant surprises. But perhaps i am just over paranoid. But its not like i was particularly suspicious, its just that i am being more careful, but one of the guy sitting next to the aisle closest to me actually stood up and offered me a seat. Which was a really pleasant surprise and pretty refreshing too since you don't see too many of this gestures in the present society. But then again, this is still not reason enough to put down my guard in future bus rides, sadly. Because it only takes one ill intentioned person to loose your belongings, and you don't know when you actually meet them. A very demoralizing fact.

Other than that, I have been awoken in the middle of the night this few days by wierd dreams. Its not the scary kind, but i just jerk awake when i reach a certain interesting part of the dream. Not a good thing, since that means i haven't been getting good sleep, although it means that i have been getting good entertainment. Pretty interesting dreams that sometimes reflects what information which has been passed to me during the days sometimes. But this morning i was awaken again by a dream. Kinda amusing one for me. But this time it has nothing at all to do with reality. Only thing being it gets irritating when you are jerked awake at the most interesting moment and you don't find out what happened next. Now the only thing i can remember is that it has wang lee hom in it. I think ...... :P and he is having the career of his life time or something doing concerts and all. And i was ahem... his girl friend i think. But somehow his career was backed by some gangstas fella. I am not very clear about this already. But then they decided they wanted to snub him. For reasons that i do not remember already. So his popularity plunged and he was demoralized. Now the interesting part is the next scene where the background seems to come from the young and dangerous movie where e-kin cheng was about to recognize the guy in the show to be his tai lo. It is really the same guy in the movie! And then Wang Lee Hom decided that since his singing career was no more, he would join the gang as well. And he would wanna be under that same tai lo. And then i was doing the hug from the back thing which us cliche for those love story scene to try to stop him from going. And i was actually able to not let him move eventhough he was struggling to move forward. And then after a while, i just shuddered awake. And to think back, i was actually thinking about that young and dangerous show yesterday i think. Hmmmm its getting strange that my day thoughts are manifesting into my dreams. That has never happen to me. And not as if i was really contempelating that thought too hard either.

Ah i guess by now you would have figured i am very extremely free, telling grandmother stories about my dreams. Anyways time to go off to the HR department to settle some stuffs. toodles

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Yesterday was *drum rolls* surprise! surpirse! val's day. And guess what i gotta do :P. Celebrate it with a big bunch of guys. Only thing being, they are my course mate and we were sending off two fellas to aus. But ah well, no biggie. I hate cliches anyways. So val's day is just another cliche. If i had a special someone to celebrate it with then fine with me. Else what's the lost. I know there are ppl who bemoans this day just because they don't have anyone to celebrate it. And then they get all depressed. And then there are those that make it a love everyone besides your bf/gf day as well. I was buying into that for a while until i started thinking, " hey isn't st valentine's day about this priest guy marrying couples". Ah well, to everyone their interpretations. But besides the whole farewell thing, i actually unexpectedly got to meet up with a bunch of old high school friends. It has been some time since i met any of them. And if not for Oon-Ee i probably wouldn't have since he was the one that "told" me i was going to go with him to ee-wah's farewell party right before we were suppose to go. ha ha ha. It was really great and interesting to have been able to meet up with them :). And had some nice laughs too ha ha ha. We should really organize a bigger get together ;). But then again i guess it wouldn't be the same coz smaller group makes for closer and cozier gathering while bigger groups just seem a little less personal. Anyways, since i was messing with nail polish again, i decided to try out the patterns in the nail art book michelle gave me. So i chose a heart theme just coz val's day was near how ever hypocritical this sounds.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

You know i find it funny how some ppl write in such a way that you just feel the warmth in each words. It just makes me feel as if i really want to get to know the person in real life. I feel that what they put into words are not mere words at all but a soft and gentle lulling of sentences. I know sentences are just words put together, and i am not sure how is it that the way these singles words put together in different ways can give out such different sort of aura.Maybe its also the things that they write about i guess. I wonder if other ppl agree with me on this though. Take for example this 2 different bloggers :- B1 & B2

Now tell me what kind of aura does this two person evoke through their writing.

They seem to be ppl that actually managed to observe the world as it passes as compared the rest of us who are mostly self absorbed. We never manage to notice the things that actually goes on around us, or rather all we talk about is ourselves. I am no different either. Most of what i write about is what happens to me. Theirs are quite a refreshing blogs to read. But most importantly, i guess is a reminder to you and me that in our daily lifes perhaps we should slow down and smell the roses a little bit and observe what is going on around us rather than be submerged in a world of our own.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Had a really nice break for cny. But sigh..... this wonderful time is coming to an end * sob * . My one week holiday is almost over. Its saturday and another one more day and my ass will have to be back at the office again. But i really enjoyed how lazily the week has passed. I wasn't entirely at home most of the time. But i wasn't entirely busy rushing here or there anyway. But mostly since the bunch of them are either back in their hometown or off somewhere having a nice relaxing holiday, most of my time was spent with my mum, which suits me fine.

So anyways, reunion dinner was the usual fare, steamboat and all. I didn't take any pics coz its nothing much to see i guess. But this year around safe to say i didn't stuff myself silly. Either that or my stomach grew bigger. But it is a refreshing feeling to not feel so full that you can't move. I know that is really up to me, but cny wo, got food don't eat meh. Some more so delicious food. So i am like a search and destroy unit. In this case, see food == eat. ha ha ha .

Anyways, first day of cny we started something new. As i say usually dad will be going to the famed tin hau kong. Well he didn't, and so i didn't have to chance to refuse. But i ended up attending a mass buddhist prayer + releasing of life (i.e fish in to pond/ birds into sky thingy) ceremony. Which i do use to attend on normal basis till i got lazy :P. I actually had a wonderful picture in mind, if i had manage to take it. It was a view of sun rising hidden between clouds with birds flying everywhere when released. But i didn't feel it was nice for me to whip out my phone while prayers were going on, to take pictures. So no pics as well. After that went to mines shopping mall to eat at the wong kok char chan teng there, coz mom insist they have the best yin yong. Not too bad, but the food was just alright, provided we were only eating bready stuff.
Then we went home and later made hon tai. Yup just like i said.

2nd day of cny was hoi lin fan, which not mant ppl does anyway. Its probably just to signify the begining of the year of some sorts. This i have pictures, since dad was so excited about how nice the dishes looks, he asked me to take pictures of it. These are almost the usual fare we have for the hoi lin fan except my nice duck dish this yr.

some dish introduction is in order i guess

nian nian you yu - a recipe which mom got from the recipe book i bought her a few birthdays ago

this is the chicken dish. This year we did herbal chicken. I think usually its just steamed chicken.

hee har tai siu - another adapted recipe from the book i bought.

siu yuk - enough said.
my fave dish - hou si fat choi with mushrooms

vege dish with yummy mushrooms

lap cheong + shi ku

Thats all for the 2nd day of cny.


Now on wednesday, it was the sister's "reunion" dinner. Just an excuse to eat ? :P Anyways, suppose to lou sang, but since chinese restaurants are going to be a bomb, we went to a restaurant which is owned by the company jenni works with. A thai restaurant. The food was not bad at all, and the pricing was alright.

this was wat we had + a tom yam soup which was not in the pic

from top left - basil chicken ( not too bad. could be more spicier, mango kerabu with fried catfish ( nice and yummy), some platter thingy with assorted munchies, pandan leave chicken ( absolutely tasty and tender) and baby kai lan.

And we had free dessert wine cos jenni's church mate + manager was having dinner there and they had some left so since she didn't want to bring it home she asked us if we liked some. It was really nice and sweet. I could really drink a whole bottle of this. :P

Anyways, since i was wearing something different from my normal style they insist in taking a pic of me body length. So this is the skirt that i bought for cny. The bag wasn't mine btw. Its daphi's. But if i were to bring my green bag, i think we would havd been better off exchanging bags coz she was wearing blue :P

and here is one for the group photos. Hmmm looks like we have been meeting up quite often. Oh well better do it while we can. Else everyone will be so busy=======================================================

Anyways, yesterday, my mom's bro i.e my uncle came down to visit. And since he has always wanted to catch a movie when he gets down here we went for a midnight show. Since this is prob the only time he is really that free, not to mention the ticket price being 2.4 times lower than singapore.He wanted to catch fearless, which was the only show worth catching at the time being. Went earlier to buy tickets since we were afraid the ticket booth might close. We still had 1 hr to kill before show started so we were contempelating what to do. Then he saw the pool place near the cinema. We had quite a nice time there. We started off with foosball, which i really sucked at. But we had 2 games anyway. Me and my uncle vs my bro ha ha ha . We won once. Then decided pool will occupy a longer time. It was quite fun since i haven't played pool in a long long time. And it took a long time indeed. But we made it on time anyway :P. And there was a really long ad time. *snores*. Talking about snoring, some one did snore in the cinema. Aiks. he slept through almost the whole show. Hmmmm wasted, it was a nice show. But the cha doh part is, there was an uncle which was prob my grand pa's age or perhaps younger, and he stayed awake through the whole show. Ah well perhaps the snoring person wasn't chinese. But the show was nice, not by storyline, but the fighting scene was mouth watering. But what little story line there was, i actually couldn't understand how ppl can be so blinded by power and being the best when it really doesn't mean anything in the end. But i guess life is about learning. In the end he finally realized his mistake. But too bad he had to die.