Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sometimes I just stop and realize... I have the best hubby in the world

For the past 2 or 3 weeks, I've been working late everyday. And everyday for the past 2 or 3 weeks, hubby came home from work and cooked dinner for me even when he was sick for a few days this week.

Cooking his "famous" char bee hoon

Also, I was out most of this weekend. Hubby cleaned the home himself and bathed the two doggies.

Thank you so much ha.....

P/S - I read a newpaper article that most woman get attracted to their husbands when they help with the housework [click]. So guys, if you're looking for a way to get lucky with your wife, you know what to do la (better still, when you mop the floor, do it without your shirt on) ...

;)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Today's challenge

See... *blink*, *blink*, *blink* and it's Friday already... not that I'm complaining about it. :)

The challenge for today -> to arrive for dinner later at 7pm SHARP.

I am DETERMINE not to be late. I have realize that making other people wait shows that I don't value and respect their time and I feel bad. Bad bad bad thing to do.

I know Mun Yi is skeptical that I'll be on time, but I shall prove you all wrong! Yes, I will!!~~

At least I hope so….

;)

But if I am late, please remember I'm coming from Bayan Lepas through the Friday jam all the way to the other end of the island ya...


**Update**
I managed to reach on TIME. I left a little later than I should because Yin How's family dropped by for a surprise visit. So already a little late, I was forced to take the scary Vale of Tempe road(which I have driven there only once myself when I was desperately late for Shu-Yin wedding). Parked my car, and ran like crazy to the restaurant.

I arrived at 7:01pm with my hair messy. I'm so proud of myself. :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

You know you're getting older....

  1. When the radio plays an old boy band or girl band song from your decade and you start grinning like a maniac
  2. When you start saying things like, “You know ah… during my days, McD value set only cost RM5… now it’s so expensive!”
  3. When you start scanning through your face to find any new wrinkles or spots
  4. When you start getting gray hair (Sob!)
  5. When you find Miley Cyrus, the Jonah Brothers and High School Musical irritating
  6. When everything you eat goes straight to your waist… and decides to stay there.
  7. When the mother-in-law starts to get anxious why there’s no production of grandchildren yet
  8. When work gets tougher and tougher and you start thinking about what you wanna do for the rest of your life
  9. When the main conservation you usually have with friends are about who is married and who has kids already
  10. When you go out for a late night out and look like shit the next day
  11. When you cannot remember the lyrics to Negaru-ku, or the title of your state song, and totally cannot recall what your school song used to be
  12. When you cannot solve a simple maths problem without the use of your handphone calculator
  13. When (if you’re a guy), you no longer have the guts to say “Phew-wit, can I be your friend?” to pick up a pretty girl (a strategy which the young Yin How used to use)
  14. When you start going through weird phases, like suddenly wanting to draw and color pictures everyday for 2 weeks, and suddenly stop, leaving the color pencils to collect dust.
  15. When you're smiling while reading everything above
Yes, my friends, we may not be so old yet... but we are getting older... ;)

Monday, May 25, 2009

On a hot Saturday afternoon

The past weekend was ridiculously hot. And I know a lot of people were feeling the heat by just looking at the "I'm so hot" status updates at facebook. So what would I do on a ridiculously hot day? I went to the beach and sat there under the hot 5pm sun. :P

Yin How wanted to go fishing because he bought a new fishing rod wheely thingy. And I only agreed to go because I wanted to play with my new camera.

When we reached the beach, he suddenly realized, "Oh no, there's no pail to carry back the fish." I just smiled knowing very well how this fishing trip was going to end.

There wasn't any shade on the beach, so we sat under the hot sun. It was so hot, we could hardly open our eyes. Yin How was happy and excited.


He threw in the bait into the sea.

And we waited


And waited



And waited




I started getting bored and found taking photos of my feet more interesting




Each he pulled back his hook, the prawn disappeared. He tried about 3 or 4 times again. And waited...



And waited... no longer looking so happy and excited anymore....



And eventually gave up.




We went home hot and sweaty and fishless. Yin How's "fishing" trips are always trips to feed the fish in the sea. This is why I never bother to remember to bring a pail. :)

In a blink of an eye

It’s Monday again. And the cycle begins again.

Sometimes I feel like I fall into such routine which keeps repeating again and again that I’m struggling just to keep up.

I wake up on Monday morning, drag myself out of bed, get ready, drive off to work, all it’s all so routine it almost like I do it unconsciously and the next I know, *blink* I’m already in my cubicle sighing.

Then the whole working day goes by with me just trying to keep my head above the flood of incoming work, *blink* it’s time to go home and *blink* I’m already home. If I’m home first, then I’ll rush to cook dinner, if not hubby would have cooked. Then there’s the washing up to do, cleaning up after the dogs, feeding the dogs, *blink* it’s already 8pm. Watch TV, bathe, *blink* time to kiss hubby and say goodnite.

Then *blink*, *blink*, *blink* and it’s Friday again and I always remember Fridays because it’s the day of the week where I’m always in a good mood. And finally the glorious weekend arrives.. ahhhh….. But the weekend is busy, doing chores, running errands, grocery shopping, meeting up with friends, visiting relatives and *blink* it’s Sunday night where I usually will cook my pot of soup and prepare food in the freezer for the whole coming week.

And *blink*, here I am in my cubicle on Monday again. Where the heck did the whole week go? #@$@%

And the scarier question is, how much more busier will life be in the future when I enter the next stage of life?

And will I one day blink and find that most of life has already passed by but I was too busy?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Some shots





I particularly like the photo below :)



Have a great weekend. :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Finally the finals

American Idol results are out. I’m dying to know who won but I want to find out when I watch the finals tonight. Somebody already sent me a link to who won which has triggered my curiosity even more. Every year I always try to avoid finding out who wins but fail.

First I have to avoid going to any website like MSN, Yahoo, etc which would publish the news.

Then I have to go through a whole session of Yin How gleefully threatening to tell me who won knowing whether well I don’t want to know.

And after going successfully going through all that, I always fail at the last stage when I’m driving home and the radio DJ starts shouting out congratulations to the winner, leaving me cursing. Today, I’m going to switch to a Chinese station. I doubt they care about American Idol and even if they do, I won't be understand a word they say. ;)


I absolutely LOVE this season of Amercian Idol. I even considered taking a day off to watch the finals live but one thought of my list of To-Do’s at work made that thought disappear immediately.

I so want Kris to win (after Danny got voted out, I switched my loyalty to Kris). But everybody loves Adam, so I’m guessing he’s going to win?

Whatever it is, don't tell me. I want to enjoy the anticipation when watching the finals tonight. :)

**Update** - I'm so happy Kris won!!~~~~~~~ :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A few lessons learnt

Private bla bla bla

The last thing I took home from the family gathering was an advice that my uncle gave me which really hit something within me. Before he hugged me and said goodbye, he said,

"Yin How treats you like a princess. Make sure you treat him like a prince."

Something I will constantly remind myself from now on.

Friday, May 15, 2009

WW20

I just need to say something.

I'M SO DARN HAPPY IT'S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy that I feel like crying.

It has been another tiring and hectic week at work. And the frustrating thing is that with all the brain juice I used up, I didn't manage to get much done. Sad.... I'm wondering whether it's because I'm not producing enough brain juice lately.

:(

Need to go home and ask hubby to look to see whether there's more gray hair on my head.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A new toy

Mindy has a new toy to play with... :)



Was chasing Russell around for hours, trying to get him to be my model.


And towards night time he was in a horrible horrible mood. :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Dearest hubby

Even after 9 years, it's the little things like squeezing together on the sofa while watching TV which make the best moments of the day.

I enjoyed the wonderful dinner by the beach today. Even though we didn't stay long because you had to pee!



Happy 9th anniversary hubby. :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009



After 9 years, you still give me reasons to fall in love with you all over again...

  1. when I see you feeding the stray animals at the kopitiam
  2. when I watch you make my very old grandmother laugh even though you struggle trying to speak cantonese to her
  3. when I wake up and find you sleeping and hugging me
  4. when you say you want boys but suddenly one day say you want to name our daughter Hannah if we have one
  5. when I watch the 27 year old Yin How happily playing games in the arcade center reminding me of the 18 year old Yin How
  6. when you suddenly excitedly say you want to bring me to a new place to eat but refuse to tell me where
  7. when you are shirtless and busy mopping the floor (ooo la la...)
  8. when you bear with me when drag you around the shopping mall looking for a pair of shorts... twice...
  9. when we are on the bed deep in conservation not realizing the sun has set and we are in the dark
Happy 9th Anniversary.


Skeletons In The Island

I don't see myself as a very charitable person or a person who is exceptionally kind. Yin How is a lot more generous than me and he'll usually go to the orphanage once a month to pass them things like rice, milo, etc. And when we eat at the Malay stall for lunch, Yin How would purposely take a small fish or two to feed the stray cats there (when I'm at the stall, all I think of is getting food for myself). There were a few times he purposely bought char siew pau for a hungry stray dog at the coffeeshop. When I see how kind-hearted he is, I fall in love with him all over again.

For me, I feel very blessed with all the things I have. To most of us RM100 would mean just another pair of shoes, or a pair of jeans, or maybe a meal or two at Sakae Sushi or just a digit in our savings account. But to others out there, that same RM100 could even mean another day of living, another day of survival. So whenever I see a charity which touches me, I would donate. And today, this particular news really touched me.

I've got pampered fat dogs at home and when I think of all those starving dogs on the island, it makes me want to cry.




"The villagers of Pulau Ketam have been rounding up all the stray dogs on the island, and shipping them to three deserted islands close by. With nothing for them to eat and without being able to fend for themselves, they are starving to death. Some dogs have tried to swim back to the main island but drowned on their way. Starving, some of them are even forced to eat each other."




There is a group of people trying to help those dogs on the island. But boat ferry rides are expensive and resources are not plentiful. So if this story has touched you, please donate. You can read more about the story here.

I know people are not likely to donate to SPCA or any animal related charities. But whether you agree or not, dogs are innocent beings who have very real feelings. To a dog, a pat of the head would be the most meaningful moment of the day. They can feel happiness, sadness and they know what true loyalty means. And to them, you will be the most beloved person in their whole lives. When you are sad, they will be sad. When you are happy, they will be happy.

Most of all, they are innocent, suffering because of the wrong doings of heartless people.

Quote from Marley and Me,

"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not."


And to those of us who have dogs, we know this to be very true.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

So called meditation

Towards the end of the aerobics session today, we were asked to lie down on our mats and relax while listening to calming music. The instructor said, relax... listen to the music... free your mind... be one with the universe

I was lying on my mat staring at the ceiling, trying to free my mind while random thoughts rushed through my head...

  • I'm feeling stupid lying down on the company floor staring at the ceiling
  • The ceiling is so gray, there are so many dots, how many times have I stared at the ceiling to calm myself from pulling out my hair in times of stress
  • Hmm.... what's for dinner?
  • Oh no... i forgot to tell Genny to take out the fish to defrost for dinner
  • I wonder whether she cooked dinner...
  • Aiks, must remember to go home and find the telephone bill under all the mess
  • Forgot to transfer money to the savings account la
  • Need to remember to pay the car loan
  • Need to cut my nails
The instructor might have seen my eyes opened so he continued, close your eyes... relax... control your mind... open the 3rd eye...

  • Crap, I don't have time of a 3rd eye. My 2 existing eyes are busy enough
  • Which reminds me I didn't send the status update yet
  • Crap, just remembered i didn't reply an email yet
  • Sigh, work is hard...

At the end of the meditation, I felt more tired than before. I think the only time I can truly blank out my mind is when I'm watching TV. This is why I cannot live without the TV. It is my form of meditation. ;)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

99 baloons

I watched Oprah yesterday and yesterday's show was about miraculous children. A video from YouTube which was watched almost 2 million times was shown on the show. Oprah who watched it for the first time during the show was left in tears.

The video is about a father reading out the letters he wrote to his son.



In just 99 days, his parents took over 3000 photos of him. They knew from the very start that their son will not live and the mother said something that really struck me. She said she would tell her husband, "I'll be sad later. I'm going to enjoy every second now".

Truly inspiring.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Yin How

Random pics

As promised, these are the photos we took during our dim sum outing.

This was during the first dim sum breakfast Soma, Mun and I had together a few months back. Mun got excited and took too many dim sums and paid the price later...

Went for breakfast again and this time she wisen up a little and controlled herself (but that also was because she just had dim sum for breakfast the day before so she wasn't so excited anymore seeing all the dim sums...). We ordered Jasmine tea, so Jasmine you were there with us. :)




I had dim sum for breakfast with Yin How this morning. Unlike Mun, we made sure we ate moderately and didn't take too many... ;)


More random photos... since I'm in my photo uploading mood.. The dogs which are not allowed on the sofa are sleeping happily on the sofa.


The fishes in the fishpond at our condo which Yin How and I feed before we walk to tesco for grocery shopping. The fish below is my most favourite-est fish, so it gets more food from us. :) I named it Fei Fei.

All our plants died during the 2 weeks recovery period after my surgery, so we got new ones... this time a chilli plant we bought and the other is lemon grass (serai) which we stole from somewhere. ;)
I reckon the plants will die in another 2 weeks time. :P

Okie, going off to cook dinner now. What's on the menu today? Tandoori chicken and sai yong chai soup~

Friday, May 1, 2009

What would you do?

What would you do if you feel unappreciated? Would you continue to do the things you always do even though you feel unappreciated? Or you would you stop caring and stop whatever you do since it's not appreciated?

What would do you if you're not happy about something that a person does or doesn't do? Would you try to change him so that you'll be happy? Or do you accept him as who he is even though you know it won't make you happy?

What would you do if you know you know you have no interest in something? Would you continue doing something you do not like for stability? Or would you put everything to risk to do something you're passionate about?

What would you do?