Archive for April, 2012

The Old Blog

April 23, 2012

For the past two weeks, having nothing much to do, except baking and cooking (yes.. suddenly this bitch can cook!), I went to check out my old blog. The familiar old dark and pastel green colored template. Then I signed into the blog and was prompt with a message, saying they are upgrading the website, so prompting me to have a look. So, I went to have a look.. and a look becomes tweaking.. tweaking becomes replacing the old blog with a new template!

Then, suddenly, all the comments in haloscan were gone. Hahahhaha! Actually, I knew that haloscan is moving to Echo soon. Heck! I even paid USD10 to maintain it some years ago! It was a good thing that, I actually painstakingly migrated the comments from the old blog to a new wordpress as a mirror image! Of course, it wasn’t an accurate 100% mirror, there were some other comments along the way – even when the blog has been defunct over 6 years.. with a recent one, dated November 2011, asking me if I am still in Malaysia! Hahaha!

So, after that, I decided to go though all over the procedure again. Yes.. I am not really THAT techkie as I hope I am actually. I did try to see how to migrate the comments from the old haloscan to blogspot commentary but I think my brains got fried after reading the first step. Haha! So I decided, screw it. Further, I didn’t save a template of the previous blog theme… so, forget it.

For the past one week, I’ve religiously copied over 4,000 comments back into the old blog. That is how MUCH your comments mean to me! Along the way, I wouldn’t say I didn’t enjoy doing it. I rediscovered my humorous self. How I managed to blog the way I blogged in such care-free spirit and most of all, the friendships that have been forged through this old blog, wonderful friends like Datin, Jasmine, Yuin, Takeshi, etc – just to name a few. I noticed, how much I’ve grown over the years! 6 years to be exact! I’ve been blogging 8 years! In 8 years, so many things have changed for my friends and myself. For better or worse.

Jasmine commented that all my friends have changed – almost everybody I knew was gone from the old blog. Not totally gone lah. Some friends got married and have children. No more time to go for Fei Chai trips. Hahahaha! And also, most people didn’t know the drama behind all that trips. But, it’s been a great few years and am glad that, even as things started to slow down, at least I could still look back and smile; no matter how silly, I’ve done my best and survived it!

I’ve been thinking. Should I revive the old blog? Or let it be to be immortalized as a “legendary” fei chai trips’ blog. Hahaha. *Perasan*

Jiu Min

April 18, 2012

Kids say the darnest things. Ern Ern is no exception. At such tender age of 19 months, it’s almost impossible for a toddler to understand so many words. I guess it’s true that they said, girls learn language faster than boys. Ern Ern could understand what we tell her to do and she would give appropriate or sometimes, we think it was coincidental!

Here are some of the “conversations” we had.

Conversation #1

Me: Ok, sit here. Don’t go anywhere!

I sandwiched her between my ginormous legs to avoid her from getting away. She was struggling out when she said, “Jiu Min! Jiu Min!”

I was wondering, “What Jiu Min? Who is Jiu Min?”

Then, she screamed louder. “JIU MIN! JIU MIN! JIU MIN Ah!!!!”

Oh! She was saying, “Help me!” in Mandarin. LOL!

So I let her out from my grip and couldn’t stop laughing.

Mom said, this morning, she placed Ern Ern on her potty, and she also said, “Jiu Min! Jiu Min!” wanting to get out from her potty. Hahahah! It was hilarious!

Conversation #2

We were watching Amazing Race 20 on Astro when contestants were smoking the bees out of their hives to get to the honey.

Ern Ern: Bee!

Me: Clever girl! You see, so many honey bees! Buzz buzz buzz!

Ern Ern: Bee Bee!

Me: Yes yes! Cannot play with bees ya! Later bees will sting you. You see, buzz buzz buzz! So scary!

Ern Ern: Pain pain!

Me
: Yes! You will be in pain if you get stung by a bee!

Conversation #3

She didn’t want to sleep so, mom asked her to “study”. Haha! Yes, we are really kiasu people! Study here means, looking at a colorful animal kingdom book! Or watch Barney, Tigger and Pooh or Sesame Street!

To that.. the lazy bum said, “Tired!”

LOL! We don’t know if we should laugh or cry.

Conversation #4

She is very tam chiak! (Greedy when she sees food) So whenever she see a can or tin of food, she would ask us to open for her.

She would say, “Open!” when she sees me or my sister and “Kai!” in Mandarin or “Hor wah!” (“give me” in Hokkien) whenever she sees my mom or my aunt. She knows how to use different language or dialects when it comes to addressing people. She sometimes speak Hakka with her dad.

And whenever she drops something or spill something, she would say, “OH NO!” and both hands touching her forehead! Seriously hilarious!

You wouldn’t believe it that, what her first words are? The most predicted one, “Mum!” as in food, followed by “Elmo” and “Aiyoh!” LOL! Papa and Mommy came much later and now she calls her mom, “Nyammy” as in Yummy. Hahahha! And the little rascal calls me by my Chinese name because she heard what my mom has been calling me.

Sigh.. in no time, she will be talking back at us. I dread the coming days.

Fake Accent

April 17, 2012

I cannot tolerate fake accent! Especially, coming from fellow Malaysians. Please lah. I am comfortable using lahs and mahs. It’s not that we are speaking to the King and Queen of England.

I received a call today which irked the shit out of me. Let me run through the conversation again.

Caller: Hi! I am calling from XXX Group. This is our last call to you forPower Training for blah blah blah for global network ….. Now, we offer you USD450 for early bird signing up… blah blah blah blah the original price is USD890….blah blah blah blah….. (I suspect he’s reading from a card in a super annoying, fake English accent)

Me: Excuse me? Who are you looking for?

Caller: He he! You don’t understand what I am saying is it? (*Aduh mah! I no speeeekkk Engrissshhhhh)

Me: No. Maybe you got the wrong person. Who are you looking for actually?

Caller: I want to speak to Mr Clear River’s personal assistant.

Me: Alright, Ms Gina here speaking.

Caller: I am calling from XXX Group. This is our last call to you for Power Training for Personal Assistants.. blah blah blah… global network….. blah blah… Now, we offer you U-S-D450 for early bird signing up… blah blah blah blah the original price is U-S-D890….blah blah blah blah…..now left only 2 more place to sign up.. so if you can sign up now, we give you a discount of U-S-D…. (He stressed U-S-D. It’s actually damn funny!)

Me: Sorry. I am not interested. (Stern)

Caller: But….

Me: NO! (Firm)

Caller: Ok.. bye.

First of all, he never called me before. So, what’s with the “last call”? I never received any e-mails or faxes whatsoever on this course. This is his first and last call. That is why I was confused. Then, why can’t he simply speak normal English? I find his fake English accent too off putting. “You don’t understand what I WAS saying?”- Wah, this is too much lah. Insulting me no speaking Engrisssh is it???Your grammar suck BIG TIME ok!And I wonder how on earth he got my boss’ name right?Must be those people looking up directory and calling for who-and-whose secretary.Anyway, end of rant. I saja cannot tahan those fake accent.

Vary Beauty Skin Solution

April 16, 2012

I visited my beautician on Tuesday and was amazed on the transformation of the place. Jovy first started her business in Plaza Mutiara back in 2002 and came a long way since to who and what she is today. I am proud and delighted that her hard work paid off and exemplary visionary leadership that bring her business to this level, as well as created opportunities for young girls to learn entrepreneurship from her. This year, she celebrated her 10th anniversary in the beauty business and renamed her business Vary Beauty and she has two successful salons in Kepong and Puchong respectively. Check out the newly renovated salon!

Apart from supporting her business as a friend, I am also a satisfied customer since 2002. In fact, I recently signed up another package with this beauty salon, which is tailored made to suit my skin conditions. My skin has changed over the years, from oily with blemishes to combination skin, and sometimes dry skin. This bound to happen as we aged because of hormonal changes as well as our lifestyles. Instead of just signing up for a standard skin solution, I got mine tailored made to suit the needs of my skin, meaning, there would be days where I spent too much time in the sun, hence I would need the skin to be rejuvenated with additional moisturizers or masks, or on good days, I would be able to pamper myself with a nice and long facial massage which I enjoy the most! I kick myself for falling in a blissful sleep (some more snoring away! OMG!!!) whenever the consultant massages my face! I want to enjoy also cannot! Hahahaha! But really, the facial massage is THAT comfortable and soothing.

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Pulau Pangkor Revisited

April 12, 2012

8th – 9th April 2012, Sunday to Monday

After our brief stop in Penang for Ching Ming and catching up with relatives, the family decided to visit Pulau Pangkor as most of them haven’t been there or had been there many years ago. I went to Pulau Pangkor once for some church camp back in 1993, I think. Wow! Some 19 years ago!

I made a hotel booking via Agoda for a place to stay. We decided to stay a night in Lumut in order not to be rushed into getting to Pulau Pangkor to catch the last ferry at 8.30 pm since we were already traveling up north to Penang and Kedah and back to Port Weld on the same day! It was hectic! We decided to visit Pulau Pangkor for a one day trip.

We got onto the trunk road from Taiping via Kuala Kangsar to Manong and finally reached Lumut in about 2.5 hours. If we were to take Bidor route ex the North-South highway, it would be too far away. It’s like going one big round then back! Thank goodness for google map, which made things easier! We basically tracked our movement via google map till our destination. It’s cool!

We went to check into our hotel at this GM Holiday Inn. It’s a small budget hotel which is clean, comfortable and comes with wi-fi! A bonus point! However, I was staying with my mom and aunt in the family room together with the little monster Ern Ern downstairs at the Family Room and the wi-fi connection kinda failed there. Sis, husband and another cousin and dad stayed upstairs, and wi-fi was good there! Since it’s a budget hotel, there’s no complimentary coffee/tea or mineral water. But it has an electric kettle in the room and you can buy your own coffee/tea outside from the reception at RM1 each, which is rather reasonable!

We went to the Tua Pek Kong temple again in Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan since mom and aunt haven’t been there. We hung out for awhile till it started to drizzle. It was already almost 7 pm when we decided to go for dinner. Our friend took us to this shop at Kampung Cina, famous for seafood. Dinner was okay. After dinner, we went around for a short ride around Lumut town to check out the night life. Since it was a Sunday night, the town was rather quiet and sleepy. It has been a long journey from Taiping, so we decided to go back to our hotel for an early night cap and be prepared for the next day.

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The next morning, we went to have roti canai and teh tarik before heading towards the jetty to take a ride to Pangkor Island. You may park your car at nearby multi-tiered car park. I guess we were lucky because since it was a Monday, there wasn’t a long queue at the ticketing counter. There are 3 ticketing companies to choose from but I guess it doesn’t make any difference because you get to hop onto any ferry that is waiting at the jetty to get to your destination. We chose Pan Silver Ferry – RM10 for adults and RM5 for children for a return ticket (Same price for all ferries!). According to the website, ferries depart every 30 minutes starting from 6.30 am to 8.30 pm daily.

The journey would take about 30 minutes, with a brief stop after 20 minutes at one destination, which I couldn’t identify. But the place looked somewhat like Pulau Ketam. Not many people would get off here, except for some individuals who work at this place. Saw a nurse alighting here, perhaps she just got back from her night shift from the hospital in Lumut?

The ferry finally docked at Pulau Pangkor jetty and we were greeted by the clear blue sea! I was surprised to find Pangkor this clean after 19 years! As far as I could remember, the sea water wasn’t this clean then! So, it was a pleasant surprise.

As soon as we got into the arrival hall, we were greeted by many touts, asking us to hire their cars or motorbikes for a day for only RM60. Unfortunately, since we are a family of 7, we would need to hire a van but there wasn’t any van for rental. We settled for a pink van, with a driver. Eventhough it was stated in the banner that, they would only take you around the island for 2 hours for RM80, the man told us that, it’s up to us. If we want to go for a swim then, he could give us his phone number and he would come to fetch us once we are done with swimming, at no extra charges.

Since we didn’t bring a change of clothes and it wouldn’t make sense also to be swimming in the hot afternoon sun, we said, we would like to just go-see the island. The man said, 2 hours is actually more than enough to round the island and he was right!

We were taken to the Dutch Fort – nothing much really, just a small brick fort. Then we were taken to a temple where a miniature Great Wall is. I remember this Great Wall because I took a photo 19 years ago! Hahaha! Here, at the Chinese temple, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name, they rear huge arowana fishes and you could feed them, if only you bring your own bread lah. There were also some tortoises there. It was a quiet and small temple.

Next, we were taken to the satay factory where you get to see how the very much loved fish satay is made. My mom said the prices were rather steep so we didn’t buy anything. Actually, we could even buy fish satay back in KL! However, the view at the back of the satay factory was rather nice, so I took a picture there. The people working at the satay factory were a friendly lot, so I asked them for permission to snap their photos and they obliged.

After a short stop at the fish satay factory, we were taken to another temple, they called it the Kuan Yin temple or Lin Je Kong. The temple is overlooking a rather picturesque Pangkor sea. We spent a considerable amount of time here as Ern Ern was catching up with her nap, while the others prayed and sought their fortune here. We kinda regretted that we didn’t bring a change of clothes because the crystal clear waters near this temple was beguiling.. we almost wanted to jump right into it to quench the heat!

It was a little over two hours and we decided to go back to Lumut. Since we had a late brunch, we weren’t hungry but, as soon as we reached the jetty in Lumut, some of them complained being hungry so we drove back to Sitiawan town for a bite before hitting home to KL.

All in all, it was rather a pleasant trip despite being overly hectic. The next time we visit Pangkor Island, I guess we would put up a night or two in the island itself so we could spend time doing nothing but to bask in the sun and play in the sea water all day long!


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