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It's Monday! Enjoy the Week Ahead...

I don't expect to receive this on a Monday morning.

My first reaction? Bwahahahahahahaa....

Then, after recovering from fits of laughter, I forwarded it to my colleagues. And guess what? Two of them asked me the same question: Why must people die tonight?

LOL! I think the focus of this hilarious lolcat shd be the "Y SO SRS" liner and the kitty's joker-like face, not the people dying line.

Anyway, Y SO SRS? Thanks to the sender!


The Cut (Cadaver)

Another Korean supernatural thriller that revolves around cadavers: The Cut (Cadaver). Here's the review.

Not a bad movie although the theme is kind of lame. I've seen another Thai & Hollywood movie with the same theme and a fair share of scare and horror elements. Anyway, since I like K-horrors, watching this one just add on to my collection :P

Here's a South Korean/Vietnamese movie that I also recommend: Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait.

Thriller: Soul's Code

Here's another good thriller from Thailand: Soul's Code.

Review: Soul’s Code ends up being a passable Police Procedural, a nod to forensics, and only an acceptable ghost story. Our vengeful spirit relies more on gentle nudging and some flickering lights, and maybe a few strange sounds to get the job done. If you were hoping for a little sequence of bullet vs ghost you’ll have to look elsewhere. But the ending is worth it... just not in a way you’d probably expect. Read more...

Thumbs up! This is not the usual Thai horror flick that usually focuses on phantom, revenge, and eerie elements to hype up the story. Paranormal happenings in this film was backed up with scientific and forensic expertise. Not bad. And yes... the ending is unexpected.

The Last Quarter

A story from this book - Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul: Stories of Love, Laughter and Commitment to Last a Lifetime

The Last Quarter
Ward Nickless

When I decided my girlfriend Maria was the woman I wanted to marry, I told her I wanted to date her exclusively. A good friend of ours suggested we start "courting."

Since neither Maria nor I knew the difference between courting and dating, our ever-helpful friend quickly pointed out they were similar, but with significant differences. "Appropriate physical boundaries" needed to be respected; and a dedicated commitment would enable us to grow individually and as a couple. Finally, according to my friend, courtship meant every time Maria and I saw each other, I was to give her a quarter. Yes, that's right - a quarter. Is this some mysterious, ancient ritual, I wondered? "Never mind," said my friend. "Just do it."

So I took the "quarter" challenge, and decided to make a game of it. It became second nature to check my pockets for the appropriate pieces of silver. A dime wouldn't do. I hid quarters under her plate in a restaurant or left them with notes on her steering wheel, or gently slipped them into her hand as we walked to the movies. I loved to see the excitement and joy in her face every time I gave her a quarter. She saved each one and collected them in a green corduroy drawstring bag. When we were apart, Maria would hold the bag and think of all the fun we shared.

Finally, the right time came for me to ask the Big Question. Almost finished with our premarital classes at the church, I'd never been more positive about a decision in my life. But doubt crept into my mind - did Maria feel the same way? More than anything, I wanted the proposal to be special and to incorporate our "quarter them." Carefully, I formulated my plan.

First, I chose a nice restaurant across from the performing arts center and bought tickets to a jazz show I knew she wanted to see. Then, I put words onto paper about how much Maria meant to me:

The Last Quarter
In the first quarter a comfort level was formed,
In the second quarter a friendship was spawned,
In the third quarter silver tokens of affection did abound,
And in this final quarter - my true love I have found.
This is the last "quarter" I will give you to celebrate our "courting" stage. For today I ask you to be my wife, and in exchange for the silver tokens that daily show my love, I humbly ask you to accept a silver ring, and thus daily share my life. I love you, Maria.

I framed the poem and letter and placed a quarter inside, too. I arranged with the manager of the restaurant to have the frame placed on a secluded table with the menus set directly over it. My plan? When Maria lifted the menus she would find the poem and, at that point, I would drop to my knees and propose.

On the way to the restaurant, I felt confident. At least until Maria grabbed hold of my hand in the car.

"Your hand is clammy. Are you nervous about something?"

I made some lame joke in response while thinking, This woman knows me pretty well. I took that as another sign I'd made a good decision.

About five minutes after we sat down, Maria lifted her menu and saw the framed poem beneath it. She picked it up and exclaimed, "Hey, they've got a quarter theme, too!"

I didn't say a word. Maria was still reading. A look of confusion crossed her face. I guessed she reached my name at the bottom. That was my cue. I knelt down beside her and asked her those four little words: "Will you marry me?"

Well, would she? There was a tantalizing moment before everything sank in. Finally, Maria said the one word I most wanted to hear. "Yes."

The waiter brought the champagne on cue. As we laughed and held each other, I handed Maria my cell phone, programmed with her mother's number, so she could tell her mom the good news. Within a short while, Maria and I married. All the quarters I gave her remained in the same bag, sitting next to the framed poem.

Our marriage was wonderfully happy, but I found I missed our quaint little custom. So I planned another surprise. Over a year later, we moved into our new home and had a special dinner on Valentine's Day. When Maria opened a box of chocolates, she found - wrapped in tissue in place of a chocolate - a quarter.

She looked at me, mystified. "Why am I getting a quarter?"

"I missed 'quarting' you." I rolled the quarter up her arm. "I want to quart you and court you for the rest of my life!"

Since then, I've been giving Maria a quarter every day. Sometimes I put them in the most unexpected places. Maria put all the "new" quarters in a ceramic jar on her nightstand. She stores them in quart-size mason jars in her hope chest and promises to keep them forever. I've no idea how many are in her collection, but I do know that many quarters make infinite riches - of love.


Life is all about choices

Received this story from an email. It's very motivating.

Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in a good mood. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he changed jobs, so they could follow him around from restaurant to restaurant. Why? Because Jerry was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was always there, telling him how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! No one can be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, I have two choices today. I can choose to be ina a good mood or I can choose to be in a bad mood. I always choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be victim or I can choose to learn from it. I always choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I always choose the positive side of life."

"But it's not always that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," Jerry said.

"Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situatuon is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. It's your choice how you live your life."

Several years later, I heard that Jerry accidentally did something that you are never supposed to do in the restaurant business. He left the back door of his restaurant open and then in the morning, he was robbed by three armed men. While Jerry was trying to open the safe box, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily Jerry was found quickly and rushed to the hospital. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body...

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Want to see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds butdid ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door. Then after they shot me, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I have two choices: I could choose to live or could choose to die. I chose to live. The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the Emergency Room and I saw the expression on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'He's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do," I asked.

"Well, there was a big nurse shouting questions at me. She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes', to bullets, I replied. Over their laughter, I told them: I am choosing to live. Please operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I heard from him that every day you have the choice to either enjoy your life or to hate it.

The only thing that is truly yours - that no one can control or take from you - is your attitude. So, if you can take care of that, everything else in life becomes much easier.



Ever heard about Laksa Shack? Here's something I tried.

Curry Laksa (RM9.90)
Biasa only. In fact, I don't recommend. :P

Laksa Johor (RM9.90)
Delicious! I asked for spinach noodles. The fragrant and slightly spicy gravy is made from fish. You could really bite into tiny fish flakes. There are a lot of raw onion slices which I really hate but I bet onion lovers will love this dish. Recommended!

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Saw this dessert on Nestle: Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

So, I copy it out for easier reference. Here it is:

A: 8 slices raisin bread, 8 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tbsp vanilla essence, 2 cups NESTLÉ® Low Fat Milk

Others: 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced, 1 cup golden raisins, 1/4 cup castor sugar, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp ground nutmeg, 3 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1. Lightly grease a 1-litre pie dish. Trim crusts of bread and arrange half of the bread in the pie dish.

2. Whisk ingredients A until well mixed, and spoon half the mixture over the bread.

3. Top with sliced apples and raisins, then cover the apples with the remaining bread slices. Pour the remaining milk mixture on top.

In small bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, then sprinkle this sugar mixture over the bread.

5. Dot the bread pudding with butter and let stand for 30 mins.

6. Place the pie dish in a large deep baking dish. Carefully pour boiling water down the side of the dish until it comes halfway up the sides of the tin.

7. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 50-60 mins or until a knife comes out clean.

8. Cut warm bread pudding and serve.

Picture KL 2008 Photography Contest

I like this website. Colorful, young, urban.

Contest Themes:

1. KL Life - category presented by Soho KL
Photographs must depict the drama life in Kuala Lumpur, be it in the day or at night. The shot must include the human element in a setting that is identifiably KL. This means that either the background must include a landmark that is identifiable as being in KL or some element of the subject matter or foreground must be unique to the city. Examples of shots would include portraits of the people of KL; people going about their daily activities - such as shopping, working or at food outlets; crowds of people; individuals; groups of all sizes; performers in costume participating in cultural events.

2. KL Humour - category presented by Soho KL
Photographs should be of unusual or humurous sights or events that are or have happened in KL and that are not seen in everyday life. Again, the composition of the shot must include an element that is obviously identifiable to be in KL. Example shots would include humorous scenes of happenings or incidents that wouldn't normally occur.

3. KL Sky - category presented by Menara KL
Photographs should be of the sky above KL and, or the KL skyline. The shot must include elements that are identifiable as being in KL - be it buildings or road-signs. The contestant is free to interpret what element best represents the city and apply it in a creative manner. Examples could be of rainbows over a city, cloudy skies, shots of lightning, blue skies, sunsets and sunrises.

It's just a matter of time

I attended a housewarming last Saturday evening. Saw a lot of KIDS - Eric's Ethan, Loon's Naomi, Jamie's Daniel, Jeffry's Josiah & Evelyn, Rycque's Natasha & Natalie, Wei Min's WZ, Kelvin's Elric & Nicholas, Yvonne's Janelle, Alice's Hugo, and some other kids whom I don't recognize. The boys are handsome little fellas and the girls are pretty little angels. C'mon... they are the offspring of geniuses :D

A few months back, I got to know that one of my good friends is now a mother of a pretty little baby girl. Then, a while ago, I got to know via Facebook that 3 of my ex-schoolmates are now first-time mothers. And... all of them are ladies of... my age. And there are more, I lost count of how many men & women of my age who are now fathers & mothers.

Why am I saying all these? Well... I thought I don't like kids. But somehow, the housewarming revealed an inexplicable truth that even I myself find it hard to believe: I like them. But I can't explore this truth any further because to have kids, you gotta have a husband. To have a husband, you gotta be married. To be married, you gotta have a man whom you are married to. And that man... seems to be "Not Found" at this point of my life.

It's neither Joyce's not choosy nor Joyce's too choosy. I believe, like what so many people has told me: The time hasn't arrive yet. I agreed with Ceri. Every normal person will have the desire to get married, to have kids, and to become a father or a mother. It's just a matter of time.

I believe God values those who value marriage & family. To me, these are sacred happenings that couldn't be treated lightly and neither will I succumb to the view and practice of the people of this age. I believe since marriage is ordained by God, He will prepare and when the time comes, Adam will arise from his deep sleep to see Eve standing before him. I believe.

Starbucks coffee is delicious ^^

I hope I'm not addicted to Starbucks :P

After Ceri introduced Starbuck's Iced Vanilla Latte to me, I think I love expensive coffee. Then, I went for Hot Cappuccino. Since today is a Sunday, a good day for eating out, I brought my sis, another coffee lover to try out Starbucks.

Here's our breakfast, lunch & tea. Hahaha... Cinnamon Roll, English Muffin with Chicken & Egg, Cappuccino, and Latte (not seen in the photo above because it looks exactly the same like Cappuccino)

Then, strolling aimlessly, I saw some interesting soft toys.

Giant teddy bear

Pink plush stingray with purple dots and some red & fluffy crabs

Introducing Airellis

Ever heard about InEXT Care for Total Skin Wellness? If nope, click here to know what is it about.

What I like best is the way they recommend and explain products that suit one's skin type.

The products below are for combination skin type (occasional T-Zone shine, occasional skin tightness on cheeks, with medium-sized and moderately visible pores).
Actually, it's not necessary to have the whole set as above. At least, these are recommended:
1. Gentle Eye & Lip Make-up Remover
2. Gentle Cleansing Milk
3. Desensitizing Face Essential Oil
4. Hydra Fluid
5. Moisture Power Serum
6. Hydra Light Lotion
7. Sunblock SPF28

Quite troublesome but it's important. ^^

More toys

Yeah, the small, not-so-pretty teddy bears are from IKEA, only RM5 per bear. The funny-looking purple ball is a water-ball from Bon Odori festival. And aha... my favorite, gorgeous WD Passport Elite hard disk. Cost me a fortune (hey... I mean it, I'm not rich lerr), but I treat it as a long term investment. (comforting myself...)

The main reason I want to own this not-so-cheap gadget is to back-up all my working files (just in case my laptop crashes or got stolen.... choi!), and of course MP3 and drama series. ^^


Slurrpp... again...

Saturday is a terrific day to hunt for food, whether lunch or dinner.

Lately, I f
ound out a place to eat GOOD Claypot Lou Shu Fun. It's a stall at the restaurant shown in the photo below. Area: Aman Suria, PJ.

This is the stall's owner. He laughed heartily when I took a photo of him preparing my order. I told him I gonna introduce his stall to my friends.

Claypot Lou Shu Fun
Looks ordinary right? But the cook has added enough Chinese wine to enhance its taste and flavor. This is what brings me to this stall again. A generous amount of pork and sawi are given plus the must-have fresh egg on top, and a little bit of spring onion. Overall, not too salty. RM4.80.
Recommended! Opens at day time only. So, I guess I'd only have weekend lunch to spare :D

Kopi Cincau
I've tried Soya Cincau (Michael Jackson) before at other stalls but not Kopi Cincau. RM2.20 per glass. Not bad for coffee & cincau lovers.

Hmmm... I don't intend to make my blog a food blog since I don't eat to blog. I'd only blog about food if they are really delicious :P



Another yummy dish: Prawn Mee.

This stall, near Wisma FGA (Full Gospel Assembly) at Tmn Goodwood, Jln Kuchai Lama, KL, is generous by giving more than 5 big fresh & juicy prawns plus a generous amount of kangkung & tauge. The accompanying sambal is fantastic as well. May be I'm the small-eater type. So, this enormous bowl of prawn mee (S) is really too filling. I can't finish it in fact. Only RM5. Opens at night.

Recommended for prawn mee lovers!

A Prayer for the Stressed!


Another Joy-Dog ^^

Yo Naoko, thanks a lot!

I got this one. Now this one. Muahahahaha...


Sense of value

I was checking through my yahoo mail this morning when I came across an email from a friend. She is a mother of a young boy. Sometimes, I'd receive inspiring emails from her. The following one is one of them.

Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning! But the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life."

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"

The friend replied, "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can erase it."

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Take the time to live! Do not value the things you have in your life, but value who you have in your life!


I love debate!

Yep! That's true.

Let me start from somewhere else. These two days, I don't put much effort into blogging. Well... It's partly because of work and partly because of Forensic Heroes II. ^^V

Anyway, I was thinking about what to blog concerning debating when I remembered this incident. In summary, I'll NEVER EVER go to that Chinese shop again for lunch even if all other shops are closed. The attitude of those who serve drinks are worse that bastards. They don't know what does it mean by respecting customers. It is absolutely MY RIGHT not to order drinks when I step into that shop. Who the hell are you to make that kind of face and said, "Ini mesti tak panggil minum."
Within me, some kind of anonymous anger arose and I was really, really pissed off. It's 1:20pm, I was hungry, the shop was packed like dunno what, I haven't even got a place to sit, and you talked like that to me while I was standing. You really cari mati wey...

(Thinking loudly) So what? Your drinks are expensive and lousy, why would I want to order? If I were to order, I'd order the MOST EXPENSIVE drink in your filthy shop. Understand?

(Actual action) I raised my voice and said, "Belum duduk lagi. Lepas duduk, saya panggil-LAH!" I sengaja raised my voice when I said the "-LAH" so that she could hear it. Wahlao... I've had enough headache in the office. Now I just want to have a nice lunch and you gave me more headache with your attitude. Sial!

So, this is the first round of debate, or rather argument of the day. Next time, if the gang wants to go that stupid shop for lunch again, I'll just walk over to Ayamas and tapao. I mean what I say.

Then, another round of debate was about some kind of situation that needed my so-called "expertise" in understanding girl talks. Ah well... it's more to discussion. Finally, I rounded it up with a Bible verse. There are things that I think I shouldn't say first. Let's see what the Lord is doing and what He has in His plan.

Finally, the final debate of the day - with a client. Haha... He said he loved it because debate makes people think. You think, I think. Agree! No doubt. I foresee more upcoming debates. Never mind. Let's see how technology and marketing people think. ^^

Actually, when I was in my primary and secondary school, I took part in a lot of debate & speech contests. Won some of them. Furthermore, I've been known for my quick tongue & temper, of which I'm learning to control at times. So, engaging in debates concerning topics that I can handle is not a problem at all. ^^V

What's the moral of the story? First, do not let anger ends your day. Second, debate is allowed but with proper attitude and tone. Third, don't get pissed off so easily. Brain cells die.

So, SMILE! Be happy! Be positive!


Some liners...

Men get & forget; God gives & forgives.

Men plan & God laughs.

Give more, expect less.

Do not make someone a PRIORITY when that someone makes you an OPTION.

To Try: Mud Pie

Gonna make this dessert after I buy all its ingredients. It's called Mud Pie.

Mud Pie
Serves 5

24 Oreo cookies, crushed
1/2 block butter (softened at room temperature)
1.5L dark chocolate or coffee ice cream, softened (room temperature)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted, for dusting
50g walnut, chopped coarsely

1. In a baking pan, mix Oreos and soft butter. Press mixture to the bottom of the pan to make a crust. Freeze for 30 minutes.

2. Spread dark chocolate or coffee ice cream over crust. Freeze until ready to eat.

3. To serve, let pie stand for 5 minutes before dusting with cocoa powder and topped with walnut.

4. Slice and serve.

More good food^^

Food is good. No doubt. Healthy craving for food is good too as long as self-control is practiced. Trying out good food has become my favorite pastime nowadays. I don't eat much, my sister too. So, we always share our dinner and split the bill. Hahaha...

Here's something from Marché.

Lamb Shank Stew (RM28.50)
Huge portion. Just nice for two small eaters. One huge chunk of lamb shank plus a very flavorful gravy with carrots, leeks, celeries, and mushrooms. Will go for it again if I go to Marché.

Sauteed Mushroom (RM9)
Mushroom lovers like me will always go for this dish. Yummy!~

Panna Cotta (RM10.50)
Dessert. Quite pricey but the classic combination of vanilla and chocolate is heavenly. Can give it a try if price is not an issue.

Ahahaha... I wonder where will be my next stop for more food. ^_^

The yellow balloon

See these yellow heart-shaped balloons? They are soooooo cute! Got them when I went to DiGi this morning. Actually, I just took ONE balloon. Then, in the end, I got a whole bunch of them. Bwahahhahaa...

Why are there yellow balloons all over D'House? Here's why. It's the I Heart campaign from DiGi Postpaid! Love those yellow hearts!

Put them in my office. My colleagues' eyes grew big when they saw the balloons. Here's part of the conversation with MY:

MY: Aduh... People decorate DiGi with the balloons and you go and "steal" the whole bunch back. (Grinning)
Me: Ah well... I like them! It's free gift waaaa....:P

My cubicle with my "toys". See whether anyone can recognize Jyun (the pink bunny), the yellow balloon, Bumblebee, Bonecrusher (not mine, but soon, I guess). And yeah... the head over there is my manager :D

Don't laugh. I love balloons.

Job job job

Found an interesting career post on one of the content provider's career page.

Job Title: Content Management Executive

We are looking for a professional who are gifted and experienced in a wide range of editorial skills: research and copy generation, features and news-writing, clear English editing, repurposing for new audiences, promotional and direct mail writing, producing manuals and guides, writing for the web, sub-editing, product naming etc.

Ideally, you should have a number of years' post-qualification experience as a journalist, public relations consultant, copy-writer, editor in a newspaper, magazine or an online media company. Experience in online communications, marketing and/or usability will be a added advantage.

*Applicants must possess a Diploma/Degree from a recognized University/institute of higher learning.

Strong command of written and spoken English and/or Bahasa Malaysia.

*Candidates must have strong interest in Sports, Entertainment, Lifestyle and/or keep abreast with latest trends in mobile industry.

Must be proficient in basic office productivity applications such as Microsoft Office.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Positive attitude and ability to work as a team.

Experience or familiarity with web-based Content Design and Development and related publishing tools and software would be helpful.

Experience in instructional design and technical writing is an added advantage.

Must be creative and able to work independently.

Willing to work on shift schedules.

I'm so attracted to every line and began to conduct a self-evaluation session to check whether I've all those things since what I'm doing now is more or less the same. Hehehe... Anyway, I know I still have a lot of things to learn and skill sets to acquire.

Most importantly: Loyalty counts. Will stay here & LEARN!

Do you ever think laterally?

Got these kinda thought-provoking puzzle from an email.

This puzzle is called Lateral Thinking. Now, let's think in a puzzling way...

Note: To hype up the tension, I've hidden all the answers in the comments section. Now, that's for me to know & for you to find out :P



Answer: man overboard

Got it? Now, let's start the game!





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death ..... life


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I wish for you...


Communicate to connect

Ever read this? To build strong office relationship, learn the five love languages for colleagues.

Now, don't get me wrong. Relationship here doesn't mean the boy-girl thing.

Here are the 5 fundamentals in our day-to-day communication with our colleagues to build better relationships with them. That's what I call communicate to connect.

1. Words of affirmation: To boost self-esteem and confidence and to let people know that they are doing something right. People get motivated and have a healthier self-esteem and thus a more communicative relationship between colleagues can be built.

[Personally, whenever my manager affirms the efforts that I put forth, I'm very much motivated to work harder and smarter :)]

2. Quality time: Get to know other people in order to support one another effectively. But this is not to become busybodies who poke into others' personal stuff. The talking one should know the limit of telling and the listening one should know the limit of asking.

[There was once I told my manager that I was stressed out. He brought me to dinner after work. Surprisingly, I was de-stressed without extra effort :)]

3. Giving gifts: Small gifts lift people's spirit and are great motivators too.

[I've never expected to receive gifts for my birthday this year. But W & J's gifts surprised me, in a pleasant way. Thanks! :)]

4. Acts of service: In times of need, this gives satisfaction & appreciation.

[Helping me out while I shifted house is really a great thing to me. Thanks a lot! :)]

5. Touch: A little pat on the back or shoulder will do in our Asian culture.


I believe this is for everyone, not only for managers & bosses.

I've a good time working at this current company. There are chances to grow up and learn new skills to enrich our profile. I got nothing to lose. It's a rewarding experience working here :)


Your kitty preferences

One could always find interesting stuff to chew upon in The Star, Weekender. Came upon this yesterday.

Your kitty preferences, by Carol Orey

Your favorite feline may leave you an open book when it comes to love and life. Find out what people can determine from your cat.

Persians, the most popular of pedigreed cats, are docile felines noted for their thick and soft coat and affectionate behavior perfect for apartment living. Tagged "couch potatoes," these fun-loving pussycats are a perfect match for a career-oriented woman who takes pride in herself and her cat's regal appearance. Easy-going Persians draw a gentle, elegant, intelligent woman looking for intimancy. Naturally, a loud, aggressive man would be a turn-off to this gentle, sweet-tempered cat lover. A loving man who is in touch with his feminine side would made this pair purr.

Affectionate, intelligent, and talkative, the Siamese are sleek cats with striking blue eyes. These handsome animals grab the gal's eye who enjoys cat chat and can tolerate attention-grabbing, yowling demands. A woman who owns a Siamese likes the breed because they can actually communicate and play together. It is the closest cat to being a dog. A physically and emotionally healthy man who is comfortable communicating his needs, desires, and fears is a good catch for a Siam

Abyssinians or "Aby's" are action-oriented cats. Also, this loyal feline has a playful side that will melt a woman's heart. Women who prize loyalty and trust in a relationship will fall in love with this cat. Its unique large ears, almond-shaped eyes and long tail will draw attention from the opposite sex. Abyssinian lovers, like their cats, will want to be admired for being different. A man who puts this cat woman on a pedestal in and out of the bedroom will be a good fit. He must treat her like the goddess she thinks she is.

Attention-seeking, curious, and frisky, these cats have compact bodies and soft, glossy coats. Not vocal (unless neglected), they don't like to be left alone and are known as "Velcro cats." The Burmese is a perfect kitty for the woman who works and plays in her home. A quiet, sophisticated woman who enjoys mental seduction is this cat's best friend. The Burmese is a big game-player and will amuse its fun-loving mistress. An intellectual type of man will fit into the similar mental energy between the two of them. A man who isn't cultured and refined would bore both woman and cat into the doghouse.

Mixed Breed
The mixed breed a.k.a. "the random bred cat" is the most popular cat of all. Mixed breeds may resemble their purebred cousins but due to the unknown origin of their roots, their nature can be a pleasant surprise and a mix of multiple personalities. A mixed breed cat is a feel good animal because you can rescue it at your local animal shelter. An easy-going guy who is flexible, good-natured, and playful will embrace both mixed breed cat and its owner. A control freak or a guy who is too set in his ways is not a great catch.

Note: The pictures and links are not in the original article. I added them in for more details and easier reference.

I joined SPCA Selangor on Facebook straight away once I knew I could do so.

Then I found

Oh my..... when can I have my own house and pets???

Train Man: Nakano Hitori

Train Man (电车男). The story of the Train Man who fell in love with the girl, Hermes. Thanks to Naoko. It's her book.

Synopsis: This is a true story of love for the internet generation - the international bestseller that sold over a million copies. This wonderfully unique book from Japan derives from a series of postings over a three-month period to a particularly computer-geeky thread of 2 Channel, the world's largest anonymous Message Board. The events all took place in Tokyo.

One day a shy otaku computer geek mentioned on the message forum how he had met a girl on a subway train. As things developed he continued to post updates to the message board. He gained the nickname 'Train Man'. With each update from bashful Train Man, his fellow correspondents throw in own colorful speculations, boyish encouragements, tongue-in-cheek warnings, and fabulously inventive ascii text drawings.

Train Man tries to take on board their comments as events unfold. Eventually he finds love with the girl, Hermes, and reveals to her the entire history of the thread. The true identity of Train Man remains a closely guarded secret.

Here are the contents:
Mission 1: Emergency Request [Help me with dinner]
Mission 2: I'll Just Hold on Tightly to You
Mission 3: She Pulled My Hand Lightly
Mission 4: The Time for the Cups Have Arrived
Mission 5: Stop Leading Me on So Much
Mission 6: The Miraculous Final Chapter
Post-fin: 'You Were Trying So Hard....'

Just finished up to end of Mission 2 this morning. Gonna continue. Very interesting and very, very addictive :P

More info here.

Super Saturday^^ (Part 2)

Yeah! Let me continue with part 2 :)

9 of us (5 girls & 4 guys) went to Laundry Bar, The Curve for some light drinking and just to hang around. Finally, got chance to see Mikey's girlfriend :P

I have tiramisu and red wine.

The gang has Heineken. I'm allergic to beer, so won't drink it. Just drank a mouthful only. My first experience with Tiger Beer last year taught me what beer allergy is. I got rashes all over my torso and I felt like as if I was gonna flare up with the heat & itchiness. So, gotta say nay to beer. Am still fine with wine.

Finally, we all have Sangria, a type of drink made from wine (in this case, we asked for white wine), soda, fruit juice, lemon & strawberry slices, red cherries, and ice. Not bad.

None of us were drunk. We left Laundry by 3am. Bwahahaha...

Super Saturday^^ (Part 1)

Exactly! It's super Saturday!

Four of us, pretty girls (3 Js & 1 W)... hehehehe... went to One Utama to watch Hancock! It's a fairly good movie. But I think the chemistry between Will Smith (as John Hancock) and Charlize Theron (as Mary Embrey) is just not there, they look odd as a couple. Or may be that's how the story should look like. Anyway, it's still a pretty good movie. Will Smith is great at projecting Hancock's inner emotional tug-of-war. I like the ending. Kinda surprised, in a pleasant way :)

After the movie, we went to Sushi Zanmai for lunch!

Sushi Zanmai, 1U

Nice packaging


Cool concept~~

Sashimi ~ Salmon
RM10 (Medium), VERY FRESH!^^

Salmon Don (Raw salmon on sushi roe)
My main meal, RM10.80, VERY FRESH too!^^

Ikura Chawanmushi (Steamed egg custard topped with salmon roe)
RM9.80, the salmon roe tasted great, they popped & burst once you put them in your mouth.

Unagi Yanagawa (Eel simmered with burdock & egg)
RM12.80, my sister's main meal. Not bad. Unagi is delicious.

Chuka Iidako (Seasoned baby octopus)

Chuka Kurage (Seasoned jellyfish)

Yasai Miso Shiru (Mixed vegetables miso soup)

Oops... there were also Ebi Tempura (Prawn tempura), fried soft shell crab, and black caviar.

Finally, I've eaten at Sushi Zanmai. Thanks, gurls!