Archive for August, 2008

Some People Never Learn

August 29, 2008

I was talking to ML today on how some people just never learn. There have been scores of theft of sports shoes around her condominium. The cases were highlighted repeatedly in their residence forum.

As of today, there are still people posting comments and complaints in their residence forum about shoes theft. First of all, everyone in their right mind – or have the slightest common sense would start keeping their shoes in the house instead of leaving them outside. These people never learn from other people’s mishap. Serve them right! Some people just never learn.

As I was walking towards the photocopy machine just now, I overheard a conversation among some colleagues.

A colleague aired concern and told the clerk not to wear too much gold. The clerk said, the bracelet she was wearing is not of pure gold and merely for decorative purposes. I joined the conversation and agreed with my colleague that, nowadays it’s not safe to wear gold anymore especially if you are taking public transport. We advised her to take it off. It is better to be safe than sorry. It would be most unfortunate if we fall prey to those barbaric thieves because of what we have on our body due to vanity. We didn’t advise another moronic colleague though – who wears her gold dangling all over her neck, ears, wrists and ankles, thinking she is a Christmas tree.

I remember once, a colleague told me, her neighbor was robbed in front of her house of her “gold” necklace. Apparently, the neighbor was wearing fake gold for ornamental purposes. A few days later, the same robber came to her house and waited for her to return from work. The criminal was very angry because of the fake gold and forced this neighbor to eat dog shit found in front of her house pavement!! I don’t know how true this story is… I know it cracked me up real good!! But ever since we heard of this (hahahha!!) story, we kept telling our common friends that in order to avoid being forced to eat dog shit.. we better not wear gold at all. Some people just never learn.

On the recent mother of all by election, some people still have the cheek to conduct a post mortem on why they lost so badly. They blamed it on everything – the weather, the choice of candidate, lack of funds, the cat, the dog, the mosquito, but never themselves. And they thought they are such a genius by barring a website that exposed their misdoings would stop people from getting to know of their misdeeds. It’s like piling up one shit after another. They ended up “stinking” even worse than ever. Some people just never learn.

PS. In another story – I lost a pair of shoes to the thieves before. Once, I went to stay overnight at a friend’s condominium in upscale Bangsar. Who would have known – such a prestigious place would also have such thieves? This happened 10 years ago when the crime rate was still not as outrageous as the present times. And for God’s sakes, my shoes only cost about RM15/-??

I ended taking a pair of shoes from the cleaner’s closet next to my friend’s condominium. I left them at the lobby of the expensive, prestigious apartment when another friend picked me up. I went home bare footed and kept quiet about it or else, I would subject myself to constant nagging from mom. I learned my lesson. From that day onwards, I never leave my shoes outside the condominium unit whenever I visit a friend.

The 100,000 Hits

August 28, 2008

Beautiful KLCC

Why photo of KLCC? To me, it’s a landmark of achievement for Malaysia!

Yeah. I know I know. Not even 1,000,000 like in Tun Dr Mahathir’s achievement in a month in his blog (You rock, Sir!) and I am already gloating! *Gloat gloat gloat*

Well, like I’ve said before, I prefer to see my glass as half full than half empty.. so, in order to commemorate my 100,000 hits, I got myself a new domain. Actually, thanks to Peking Duck for this. Much appreciation.

So, please update your bookmarks and links. There are still some kinks to be ironed out – so please bear with me. I am not IT savvy mah!

Hitting 100,000 is a good start… and I pray for a good start for all Malaysians. In fact, I wrote this post two days before the Permatang Pauh election and prayed hard that, things would finally fall into their right nooks and crannies. No more nonsense and bullshit from the government. The people are liberated!!

On 24th August, I watched the closing of the Olympics on the final award ceremony for man’s marathon. When Samuel Wanjiru set a new world record of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 32 seconds received his gold medal, I couldn’t help but wonder the overwhelming feelings that he must have felt, to have won the first gold in marathon for his country, Kenya. As the Kenyan flag was being hoisted and his lips muttering his country’s national anthem in full view of millions of people in China and the world over; I could see from his facial expression how proud and joyous he must be. He controlled his emotions well and did not weep. Instead, I felt the overwhelming pride in him and my eyes welled with tears.

I believe that the people’s sentiment regarding the country’s governance was highly emotionally draining. I sincerely hope that, from now onwards, Malaysians would be able to instill the same overwhelming feelings of pride of Samuel Wanjiru, when he won a gold medal for his country – by simply being a Malaysian.

Zapped!

August 26, 2008

The Aliens have landed!

Please do not press CTRL+ALT+DELETE. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

The aliens have landed and kidnapped the owner of this blog.

After conducting an experiment on this blogger, the aliens have found she is too whiney and bitchy for their liking to let them learn about the human race and decide to throw her back into the blogsphere.

So, here she is again. But instead of going back to the good old blog, she found herself in this new blog, with dangling Christmas ornaments above her head. Guess Christmas came early this year.

This is the new blog address for absolutginger.

This blog has a new loft! :D

Please update all your bookmarks to this new address! Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Project: Watermelon

August 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, Alex!

Sailor Boy: Can you get me a present for Alex? I pay you when I get back.

Me: We are buying him an SD card liao. Never mind la. When you come back, buy him dinner.

Sailor Boy: Okay. I thought of getting him a watermelon.

Me: Oh!! Ha ha. I have boxes. Ha ha. Ok. I will buy and wrap up nicely. Lol!

Sailor Boy: Thanks a lot. I will pay you when I get back.

Me: Yellow or red?

Sailor Boy: Colors don’t matter. Bigger the better.

So, this morning, I went to shop for the biggest watermelon.

The chosen one
Final touches on the watermelon.

The present
Sis helped to wrap it up nicely.

Cupcake

Happy Birthday, Alex! May your years be filled with much love and happiness.

Love of Literature

August 21, 2008

Thanks to CC for this meme. I need a break from my routine bitching session!

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I was quite a lazy child. I spent most of my time playing in the sun when I was little. I think I didn’t really read much (till much later at age 10) except memorizing Bible verses being taught in Sunday School where my mom forced every child in my family to attend to improve our English! Haha! But I remember instead of the toy section, my mom would leave me at the book section in the supermarket while she did her marketing. Yes. In those days the security was THAT great!

What are some books you read as a child?
I read mainly Malay books when I was a child and not English. My command in English was quite bad then. I love the Malay language. My mom spoiled me rotten whenever I requested to buy books from the school program at a fraction of a price. (I think it was about RM1.90 per book only!) I seized the opportunity and read every single book from Alfred Hitchcock (The Alfred Hitchcock series), Enid Blyton (Famous Five – I love Georgina!) and Franklin W. Dixon (The Hardy Boys) in Malay! My top favorite is a collection of folklores from Asean countries. I remember buying 6 books (8 short stories per book) and finished reading them in two days! Proud to say my mom’s contribution and my zealousness for the Malay language paid off when I scored distinctions in both SRP and SPM. Chewah!

What is your favourite genre?
It has to be mixture of literature, fiction, biography and comedy. I am always intrigued by how an ordinary individual can do extraordinary things. People in the likes of Mahatma Ghandi, Fidel Castro, Princess Diana, Francis Coppola, etc fascinate me. Also human struggles and sufferings of great magnitude, for instance, Dr. Haing S Ngor, in the Survival in the Killing Fields. I prefer reading Asian literature. And I am with CC. I am one of the very rare breed of people who don’t fancy reading Harry Potter and don’t give a rat ass about the big hoo hah over the book! I fell asleep even before finishing the last sentence on the first page. The movie is okay though.

Do you have a favourite novel?
If I have to choose only one, it has to be the Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami. I’ve been Murakamized after that! And amongst others – A Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan, Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding, the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, Farewell to my Concubine by Lillian Lee and Wild Swans by Jung Chang.

Where do you usually read?
When I was a child, I used to read in the toilet. Haha! Or lying on the floor in the living room with half my body tugged under the wooden couch with cushions, where the floor was cold. As I got older, when I was still taking the public transport – I read on the bus. Now, I read when I am traveling or on my bed .

When do you usually read?
Only when I am in the mood.. and usually, moments before I go to sleep.

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Yes…. that is a bad habit. If the book is boring, I would switch books then go back to the same book again. I would try to finish what I started. But then nowadays, my bad habits seem to get better hold of me. Sigh.

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
I tend to get very serious and emotional when I read non fiction. Haha!

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
I bought most of the books I own now. Most friends know I love books, so they sometimes buy for me! Yay! A friend, Kat, usually would chuck me whatever she has read to me. I don’t know why but I cannot read e-books. Prefer them in hard copies, with cover and the mildew smell of the low quality paper!

Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?
Yes. I think todate, I have about 400 books stacking at every corner of my house much to the chagrin of my aunt! I still have some of the books I read when I was a child!

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?
This is a bloody tricky question. For now, I would like Sasha and Lok Lok to read the Asean folklore that I loved so much. Even till today.

What are you reading now?
I am hit by the lazy bug now. So, I am reading books with lots of pictures! Haha! I recently bought a few series on history of the world in pictures. And I am also reading Paulo Coelho’s the Witch of Portobello.

Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
I have a list in facebook but I never follow! I read as and when I feel like reading.

What’s next?
I think I will try reading the Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. I can’t seem to get pass the first chapter. It’s quite mind boggling. I am waiting for Khaled Hosseni’s A Thousand Splendid Suns as Christmas gift. *Hint hint*

What books would you like to reread?
When I get my Norwegian Wood (by Haruki Murakami) back from Sailor Boy, I would like to re-read that! And Love in the time of Cholera (by Gabriel Garcia Marquez).

Who are your favourite authors?
“I’ve been Murakamized” says it all! Haha! I am also a fan of Paulo Coelho (reading almost his entire collection!) and Gabriel Garcia Marquez (top favorite – Love in the Time of Cholera).

I know only a few people who read and tag Zing (fantasy!), Mr Fat Dragon (or should we call him Slim Dragon now?), Mrs Short Horse (My English Teacher!), Lil Ms Pinky and The Hermit (it’s about time for her to start blogging again!).


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