Archive for October, 2011

How Bizarre

October 22, 2011

There were a series of events which made Friday the most bizarre day to date.

Bizarre #1

I was driving back to office after lunch when I stopped at a junction, I saw two men on two motorcycles struggling. I thought it was a case of snatch theft. Both motorcycles were moving, so it was really dangerous. Then, I saw one of the men on the vehicle was a policeman. I was in shock and hope no one falls off their motorcycles and then, I saw what was really happening.

The other guy on the other motorbike was pulling the gun off the policeman’s pistol holster. Jesus! And I thought it was a snatch theft case till I saw the policeman laughing! He managed to pull back the gun back to his holster and sniggering away.

I am not sure if the gun was loaded, but what if it was and the gun misfired and somebody got hurt. I, for instance was in my car at the junction, waiting to cross the road when this happened. It’s a good thing that owning a gun here in Malaysia is illegal. Imagine the guns in the hands of such idiots. Wait a minute.. one of them is an idiot with a gun. Geez.

Bizarre #2

I went to watch “The Thing” in Kepong TGV last night at midnight. It was a cold, cold night. When we got to the hall, it was almost deserted and my cousin, Gas Stove shouted rather loudly – “Wah!!! Nobody ah???”

It was then, we saw 3 head bobbing at the front few rows. She sheepishly went to her seat and toned down her voice. After awhile, a few people came in. As I was talking away with my cousin sister, suddenly she froze and stared to the front right. I followed her gaze and saw a “zombie” walking towards us. I thought we were in the wrong hall for the movie.

The zombie was dressed in security guard’s uniform in blue and was holding a police baton. Full make up, etc that made a couple screamed. Then, he said, “Congratulations!” and another guy neatly dressed, gave the couple a magazine and some free movie vouchers. I wasn’t sure what was it all about, but Gas Stove said rather loudly – “How come we don’t have one??”

Then the Zombie came to us pulak. Hahaha. It was hilarious. Watch out for TGV’s facebook and you will see Gas Stove’s picture inside –pulling punches with the Zombie and suffocating him!

I guess it’s just part of Halloween and TGV is doing some promotional stuffs.

Bizarre #3

Continuation from #2, before the movie even starts, droplets of water fell from the air conditioner vent right above me. Luckily, the water fell on me before the movie starts! Couldn’t imagine if this happened when we were half way through, and the alien got away and was hiding. Suddenly, a drop of water, followed by a few more fell on my shoulder! It would be so creepy!

Also, if you wanna watch “The Thing”, for a better special effect, please do so on a cold, cold night after a heavy rain in a dark cinema. It would be as if you were also in Antartica together with the scientists hunting for the Thing! As for me, together with the water droplets on my shoulder – I got more than I bargain for! Please bring along your sweater!

Aiyoh!

October 20, 2011

Yesterday, I reminded my boss that I will be on leave next week.

Me: Boss, I am going on leave next week ah.

Boss: Oh? How many days ah?

Me: The whole week.

Boss: AIYOH!!!!

I tried not to laugh out loud at his unprecedented reaction. It was really hilarious. You should see his face.

Me: …(as calm as possible) But you are also taking leave what. 27th to 28th Oct. 26th Oct is Deepavali. So… technically, you will be on your own for only two days.

Boss: Oh… yes hor… hahaha. *Sheepish*

It’s good to feel that I am totally “indispensable” for a little while.. even if he didn’t mention the word “indispensable” – I guess a loud “aiyoh” would suffice. *Happy*

Anyway, I am going off for a week to Beijing. So, wishing you guys a good weekend ahead and, Happy Deepavali to all!

The Dusun

October 17, 2011

I was away for a weekend getaway to the Dusun in Kampung Pantai Baharu, somewhere near Seremban. When Jazz suggested going over there, I was a little apprehensive. Nature? You mean like a jungle? Geez… haha. Somehow, I was taken by the photographs in the website and agreed to it readily.

Pork noodles at Subang

We started our journey, having breakfast at the famous pork noodles place in Subang. Took us almost 50 minutes waiting for a bowl of goodness – luckily, the pork noodles was really good. It’s damn expensive though. RM5.30 for a small bowl and RM6 for big. Since we have time to kill while waiting for another kawan, we just obliged.

Went to Jaya Grocer to shop a bit for our BBQ stuffs and went to pick up a friend. In Seremban, we made a brief stop at the wet market. It was a good thing that the market is still open at 3 pm, so we basically get all the raw ingredients that we wanted – some minced meat and ribs, sweet potatoes and lamb chops.

Before going to Dusun, we had our late lunch at Nasi Ayam Kenyalang. It’s rice with grilled chicken. It was good too.

Ah.. it’s durian season

We reached the Dusun about 3 pm and Helen happened to be standing nearby the swimming pool with other guests. She showed us to our house – the Tembusu, perched at the top of the place. We learned that this site that housed Tembusu now, was previously the first atap house for the Todd’s family, built by orang asli. There are pictures everywhere in the Tembusu house, we learn history of the place, basically by looking at the photos shown.

View of Tembusu House towards the BBQ deck

I like Tembusu House for its privacy. This house could fit 4 persons maximum. It has its own kitchen and BBQ pit. It’s truly a relaxing get away spot.

One thing though, since we are surrounded by nature, presence of mosquitoes is expected. I don’t know why that I don’t have my Tiger Balm ointment with me when I needed it the most! I always pack my first aid kit with Tiger Balm ointment and Minyak Angin and never used it during my travel but this time, I want to use it and don’t have. Haha! So people, remember your mosquito repellant, tiger balm ointment or Mopiko.

Stuffed capsicum with minced meat, bacon and cheese

We prepared some dishes – actually, more like my friends prepared the dishes for BBQ while I walked around and took a nap. Hahaha! I am such a lazy ass. Got lah.. I was busy taking photos and videos of them preparing food. Haha! After we finished preparing the food, it was about 6 pm when the rain started to drizzle. We didn’t let it dampen our spirit though – so the gang went to take a dip in the pool while waiting for the rain to stop, while I spent the time taking a short nap and watching some tv series on Yuin’s lap top. Ah yes, bring along a socket extension too. They have an ipod player too.

It was indeed a blessing that it rained that night. Otherwise, it would be too hot to BBQ. Sailor Boy went to start the fire while we girls prepared food. We were given a tray of mosquito coils, tea light candles, matches, fire starter. So basically, we were all set for BBQ.

Our kawan, Sailor Boy got all excited to put his culinary skills to practice. He has been watching all kinds of cook shows on tv and couldn’t wait to dazzle us with his skills. He even brought along his own set of kitchen knives, grater, chopping board, sar-pou-lang-chang, etc.. and even a blender! Talk about obsessive! Well, even if he only use the blender’s container as a shaker for his oil + kikoman concoction to be used on BBQ meat , we think he did great! LOL!

Kudos to the gang for the lovely food, especially our Chief Chef – Sailor Boy or his new name now Gordon Mah (after Gordon Ramsey) or Juice Blender if you prefer. LOL. It was an experimental time for us, to marinate the food ourselves and surprisingly, almost everything was good! We even have siong tong lala – too bad we didn’t bring wolf berries, otherwise it would pass as the authentic thing – Lau Heong’s style!

View of the hills

At night, as we prepared for bed, since it was an open air concept – with the balcony open to the woods, I was a little worried for creepy crawling insects and mosquitoes. I remember going to Titi Eco farm and we had bugs flying all over and got themselves caught in the mosquito netting. However, my fear was unfounded as it was really comfortable sleeping, without mosquitoes ringing in your ears. It tends to get really cold at night too, so no air conditioner is required.

Jazz asked me if I could sleep with the crickets sounds at night. She must be kidding me. Hahaha. I could practically sleep anywhere and anytime. I guess that is why most of my pictures in their cameras are in comatose state. It was a lucky thing that they didn’t take a video of me snoring away.. or did they???

A short walk around the Dusun

The Tembusu House reminds me of my late grandmother’s house in Balik Pulau, Kg. Genting. We used to stay in our grandma’s house when we were children during Chinese New Year. Since it’s hot in the afternoon due to the zinc roof, we would go out into the woods to play. The water we took bath in was sourced direct from a waterfall nearby grandma’s house. At night, because of frequent electricity tripping, we actually use gasoline lamps to guide us. It was so much fun. Unfortunately, they reclaimed the land and paid off the “squatters” to do a major development, which didn’t even materialize and caused the owner bankruptcy. I guess my grandma’s house is still there, dilapidating. What a waste.

The nice and cozy swimming pool

You can also opt for jungle trekking to the nearby river, which would roughly take an hour to get in. It can be arranged. We didn’t go for trekking because we are a bunch of lazy asses. Haha. Also, we didn’t bring along our trekking shoes.

The Dusun is a nice place to get in touch with nature. Back to the roots, the basics. Rain water is harvested and used to wash utensils and bath. Organic wastes can be recycled as fertilizers. Glasses and plastics are recycled. This is what sustainability is all about.

Being Considerate

October 14, 2011

Yesterday, I saw a hostile glances exchanged at the pantry when I walked into it, to get the new tea lady to prepare drinks for guests. It was between the tea lady and the moronic sempit woman.

Since the new tea lady is here, things have been great. The toilet never runs out of toilet paper. The pantry is spick and span. We have 5 boxes of recycled paper all ready for use, unlike previously; we have to hog our own recycled paper because they would disappear into thin air mysteriously. The hand towels in both toilets and pantry are changed every day! The table towel is actually faded white and not like previous times – always coated in black dust and God-Knows-What. It’s a miracle that they could keep the previous tea lady working here for 10 years, doing nothing but to make other people’s lives miserable. Not to mention, letting maggots breed in the water container! Euw….

Ok back to the gist of the story here.

Some people just don’t have common sense. The moronic sempit woman is the epitome of people with no common sense. Whenever she washes her hand in pantry or washroom, she would shake her hands as if they were wet dogs and let water spills all over the floor. Then, the cleaner or tea lady would curse because they have to mop the floor, worrying some people might slip and fall. I hope that one day she would slip and fall due to her own doing!

Then, every morning without fail, she would be eating nasi lemak and drinking limau ais. So what does she do with the seeds? She would pour left overs into the sink, with all the seeds inside and hence clogging the sink. If she could do this in the office, I could only imagine the worst for her own home. Imagine how many times she has to call the plumber to her house and perhaps she spent her entire salary on plumbing alone.

She is a wasteful lot too. She would use the condensed milk with a vengeance in her coffee and let the can drip of spilled milk at least 1 teaspoonful every time she makes coffee, which irks the shit out of the tea lady. So, the tea lady now only punctures two holes on the condensed milk cans to avoid her from spilling unnecessarily. So I guess, yesterday’s hostility in the pantry was due to this – the tea lady refused to hand her the can opener so she could open the can bigger and waste more milk.

I am not sure what makes a person to become wasteful like that, but I think it all boils down to one’s attitude. If a person possesses the aptitude to discern and perhaps, a little common sense to be a little considerate, this would not have happened. Perhaps, she does all these on purpose – since she feels she doesn’t have to pay a cent for using up the milk or other office supplies for that matter, hence she’s not bothered. She even kicked the photocopy machine whenever the machine is jammed – as if a kick would bring the machine back to working condition! It’s no surprise why her husband left her. She probably kicked the shit out of him too.

I know it’s mean to be bad mouthing a person of his or her shortcomings but then, really, I simply couldn’t tolerate her behavior! Some of us did try to talk to her nicely and yet, it was met with denial and harsh words from her. So, what we could do now, is to wait and watch her spiral down further. Some people just don’t deserve to be helped.

Stay Back

October 11, 2011

The old folks in my house are super hilarious and annoying at the same time. Now, both my parents are well into their 60s. 67 years old to be exact. My aunt too is already 69, and my uncle is probably 68. They misplace things and kick up a fuss whenever they couldn’t find it, and it’s always entirely their fault actually.

Just yesterday, the house went upside down searching for the bloody cordless phone. Someone must have used the phone and left it somewhere else and not the receiver. We have told them a million times to make it a point to put it back on the receiver after use. I guess we just need to get an old fashion phone attached with a cord. This should solve our misery.

Sometimes , my uncle would help to pick up Sasha from the tuition centre behind our house. That is when one super hilarious incident happened.

Uncle went to the tuition centre, rang the door bell and asked for Sasha.

Uncle: Chen Sha Sha (In Mandarin)

Tuition teacher: Stay back. (In English)

Uncle: …… Nurul Farisha…. (he doesn’t understand a single word of English)

Tuition teacher: She’s staying back.

Uncle: …….. Nurul Farisha Atika Tan.

Tuition teacher: ………

She went to get Sasha.

Sasha: Aiyoh! I have to stay back for class lah! Please go home now! Sigh! Sia sui! (In Mandarin).

When Sasha told us of this incident, we almost peed in our pants, laughing at the incident. Well, at least, he remembers Sasha’s full name even at such old age, and he learned two new words in English – “Stay back”.


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