Thursday, 26 November 2015


I am a huge Star Wars fan and am anxiously awaiting the premiere of the the 7th episode, "The Force Awakens".  It premieres in Malaysia on 17th December. So I need to wait another 3 more weeks.


Yesterday I went to buy Melamine plates, mugs and cutlery for the Rumah Wawasan children in the afternoon. One of my friends sponsored these items for them. He also gave me money to buy KFC for them.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


My Precious is not feeling too well. She has vomited twice already. Once on Tuesday morning and then again this morning. If he is not well, then Precious will have to visit Dr Murrugaya tomorrow morning. I suspect that it could be the ikan keropok that he had eaten from my dinner table.


This is the Malaysian version of Roti Arab or Arabian Bread.  It seems that the real Roti Arab sold in Saudi Arabia is harder and much bigger in size.  My Malaysian friends prefer the local version which is made according to Malaysian tastebuds.


When I was much younger I lived in a town house in Ipoh. My family moved to our own house in a housing estate only in 1999.  Last weekend when I went for breakfast at Keng Nam Kopitiam I went to check out my old abode.  It is just across the road from that shop.
The place is now a boutique called Adore.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


After working for hours in the morning, Haziq finally managed to complete his Employability Skills File at around noon. Then he had to wait for me to mark the tasks and assessment sheets then sign them before he could hand up the file to Cikgu Shahidan who was also in college today.
After that I gave him and Megat a lunch treat at Ritz Secret Cafe. Yeah. Finished with Haziq's ES file. Next are the photoshoot props and frames. Then Megat will help me to paint the three library racks next week.


My student Amirul Haziq came to finish his ES file this morning. He could not do so before this as he was busy training and taking part in the MySkills competition. Thank goodness he became the champion for all his sacrifices. I promised him to have a session with him during the holidays to finish the file.So I am keeping my word.


Here is a picture of Di Zhang Wang Pusa which was taken at the Tua Pek Kong Temple in Pasir Panjang.  I am not exactly sure how high the statue is but it should be at least two storeys in height.

More info about Di Zhang Wang Pusa

Ksitigarbha (Sanskrit Kṣitigarbha, Chinese: 地藏; pinyin: Dìzàng; Japanese: 地蔵) is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism and usually depicted as aBuddhist monk. His name may be translated as "Earth Treasury", "Earth Store", "Earth Matrix", or "Earth Womb". Ksitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the death of Gautama Buddha and the rise of Maitreya, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until allhells are emptied. He is therefore often regarded as the bodhisattva of hell-beings, as well as the guardian of children and patron deity of deceased children and aborted fetuses in Japanese culture, where he is known as Jizō or Ojizō-sama.

Usually depicted as a monk with a halo around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.


I finally got to meet Ten. We got to know each other through this blog, Xing Fu. Incredibly, she used to live in Sitiawan and is a long time friend of Lai Yoong. She is in Sitiawan now for a visit. Yesterday night, Lai Yoong and I brought her to the Tua Pek Kong temple for a visit.

Monday, 23 November 2015


Here is one very old antique refrigerator which ran on kerosene.  Wah.  This was way back before electricity was used in households.


To dream you hear or buy a Gramophone, suggests an expected long, turbulent and romantic affair.


Don't you agree that both my aunt and kitten are just as adorable?

Sunday, 22 November 2015


My student Amirul Haziq took part in the national level MySkills Competition in Sepang from 17 until 19th November and emerged champion for his category.  He trained for weeks, day and night for the competition and because of that he missed some my Employability Skills classes.  So next Tuesday I will be meeting with him in college for him to finish his file for this course.  His is a special case because he represented the college for a competition and was given extra time to finish his file.

Saturday, 21 November 2015


Here are two group pictures of the course participants and their lecturers after the closing ceremony for their 4-day camp.  After that they will have a 6 week break before the new semester begins on 3rd January 2016.


The college cafeteria only started offering chappati on its menu towards the last three weeks of the semester.  And their chappatis were delicious. Hmm ... I will miss having those for breakfast during the holidays.


 Yesterday was a very busy day for me.  Besides handing in the files and other documents for the close of the semester, I had to be on photography duty for the closing ceremony of the Pre Diploma Camp.  At the same time, my friends and I bid farewell to our colleague Sit Fah who will be transferring back to her home state Sarawak next year.


Thursday, 19 November 2015


"Dining Room Feng Shui — Make Your Holidays Happier & Less Stressful"

By Kathryn Weber

Well, it’s that time of year again! In America, we celebrate all our blessings and bounty with the Thanksgiving holiday. It's often everyone's most favorite holiday because it just involves eating and enjoying.

For some families, this is only the first, or maybe, second time they have eaten in the dining room in a year.

Regardless of whether you dine in there regularly or not, there are some simple feng shui rules about the dining room that you will want to observe anytime.

Arguments start at the table? Excess wood energy is to blame. Put a red or orange tablecloth on the table to diffuse arguments and exhaust the wood energy that gets everyone bickering. The red color will make everyone hungry and focus on the food instead of who got Aunt Martha’s china. Alternatively, use a candle in your centerpiece to burn up excess wood energy.

Provide for fun. Give your guests something to do such as games, cards, or even silly MadLibs that gets them interacting (instead of just staring at the TV). These are great fun for adults and kids and only require a MadLibs pad and a pencil for great fun that’s contained and gets everyone participating. Best of all? All that fun and laughing brings your house beautiful happiness chi!

Burn pine or cinnamon scented candles. This stimulates appetite and is a natural scent from trees (cinnamon is a type of tree bark). Avoid sweet floral scents. Unscented candles are fine, too.

Arrange seating to face one another. Position chairs and sofas to face one another. This will keep feelings more convivial and prevent everyone from being “at odds” with each other, the way L-shaped seating so often does. It will also keep everyone in the living room and out of the kitchen where you’re trying to work culinary magic!

More Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

DO display your china and crystal. The dining room is a place of wealth, and for that reason, it is always auspicious to display your family crystal, china, or silver. Consider adding mirrors to the back of a china cabinet to “double” the amount of crystal and china you have. And USE that beautiful silver, china and crystal!

DO have bright, beautiful lighting. A beautiful chandelier is a wonderful addition to the dining room. If yours isn’t bright enough or attractive to you, replace it with another fixture. Lighting is very auspicious.

DO hang mirrors here. Mirrors are stimulating and they double the good times by doubling the food and company in the room.

DON’T have clocks in the dining room. Clocks in the dining room bring bad energy; actually, they symbolize death. Remember, the passage of time is not important while you are enjoying a meal and the company of those closest to you. Take clocks out of the dining room.

DON’T eat with the dead. So many people have pictures of deceased relatives in the dining room. Avoid doing this because it creates an extremely yin dining experience — and that can create health problems.

DON’T eat with animals. It is better not to have animals in the dining room, real or otherwise. If you have pictures of birds or statues of animals — or even your dog, Spot — take them out of there. Animals symbolically eat your food. Better to put them in another location.

DON’T use paper plates. Even if you have a big crowd, DO use real plates, china, and crystal. This is a time to celebrate abundance and material wealth and paper plates are poor symbols on such an auspicious holiday!


Nowadays it is so much easier to take snaps that make us look more attractive. There is this app called Beauty Plus that is popular among ladies. It automatically enhances ones looks.


I bought this beautiful string of pearls with a Hello Kitty pendant from the market.  Beautiful, right? It only costs me RM18.  Yup. A really good buy.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015



Deepavali has come and gone.  I notice that there are moulds for Kolam or Rangoli.  This is meant to make things easier for those who are celebrating the festival as making the Kolam free hand is quite a painstaking task.  However, I personally think that it is much satisfying and self fulfilling to do it the hard way.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


My friend's daughter will be getting married in December.  She asked me if I could help make the backdrop for the photo booth.  How could I refuse.  I am always game for trying something new.  We decided to use the arch in the library as part of the backdrop.  Last Friday, my friend and I went and bought some of the decorations.  Since my feet have not fully healed, I got Baz to do the flower arrangement at the top of the arch.  It is not completed yet, there are more things that need to be added in the days to come.  Will share with you the completed backdrop once it is done.


When I first adopted Precious, I thought that he'd be a small sized cat.  Now at almost 7 months, he is as big as Junior who is about 13 months.  The vet said that he might grow bigger.  Oh dear, I might have a mini tiger at home.   He is outgrowing the sleeping basket.