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Bye 2009! Hello 2010!


Recapping 2009, ending it with a bang, starting 2010 with a blast! :D
 



Personal


1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Attending SIBKL church service & cell.

2. Did you keep your new year resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don't make new year resolutions and I don't think I'll purposely make any. :)

3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A balanced life between being a Christian at work, daily living, and in church.

4. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Can't remember the exact date but I'd say it's Q4 of 2009 (Oct-Dec), the rewarding timespan for me spiritually - repentance, refreshing, revival, restoration.

5. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Diversifying my career portfolio by not limiting myself to project management but also getting involved in social media / online marketing bit by bit.

6. What was your biggest failure?
I can't recall because I don't dwell on failures too long.

7. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Food poisoning after attending Tenji Buffet on 30 December 2009. :(

8. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier! :D
Thinner or fatter? Slimmer! Haha! :D
Richer or poorer? More or less the same. :D

9. What do you wish you'd done more or less of?
Done more: Being more generous in more aspects in life.
Done less: Being emotional and ultra-sensitive.

10. What did you want and get?
Coming back to the Lord and His church.

11. What did you want and not get?
Errr... It's okay. 2010 is coming! :D

12. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. ~Isaiah 55:8-9, God. 



People-to-People


13. Did anyone close to you give birth or pass away?
Nope, thank God.

14. Whose behavior merited celebration?
People who are showing improvement in their life in any aspect.

15. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Not pointing fingers at whosoever, but egomaniacs who are super defensive for whatsoever reasons do get on my nerves, sometimes. LOL.

16. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I'm a peacemaker and I don't make enemies. I don't hate people long enough. So, nope.

17. Who was the best new person(s) you met?
I'd say Friends (1 & 2) cell members of SIBKL & many new Tweeples (friends met via Twitter)! It'll take ages for me to list all of you here! :D



Interests


18. What was the best book(s) you read?
Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie & Have a Little Faith.

19. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong

I look to you
I look to you
And when melodies are gone
In you I hear a song
I look to you

Whitney Houston's "I Look To You".

20. What were your favourite films of this year?
It's here - My 2009 Movie List. Have fun reading!


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My 2009 Movie List

Here's my 2009 Movie List - watched, blogged, rated.

Disclaimer: I'm not a movie critic, I'm just an average movie maniac & cinema-goer. The lists below are based purely and solely on my own opinion. :) 


Rating:
 
1 (Not Recommended At All)
2 (Poor Yet Watchable)
3 (Okay)
4 (Recommended)
5 (Highly Recommended)
 


Rating = 1

Rating = 2 

Rating = 3

Rating = 4 

Rating = 5


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Tang House of Fishball @ Sea Park

Disclaimer: Non-halal. Please skip this post if you're non-pork eater.

Tang House of Fishball
is another favorite hangout spot during lunch.

My lunch kakis (Jimmy, Ah Teck, Windy) and I always frequent the Sea Park branch: No. 12 & 14, Jalan 21/19, Ground Floor, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya.

This restaurant is famous for its fish balls & fish paste noodles.

This is the dry version. By default, it comes with handmade noodles (unless you opt for other types of noodles), slices of fried fish paste, minced pork, fried pork fat cubes, spring onions, and a bowl of soup with two fish balls.

This is the soup version. You can choose the type of noodles that you want. The rest of the ingredients are the same as the dry version.

This is Barley Fu Chuk. I love its generous serving of barley and fu chuk per mug!
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2nd Visit: Bad Ass Coffee @ Tropicana City Mall

Update: Closed down.

After a rather satisfying first visit to Bad Ass Coffee at Tropicana City Mall (TCM), I went for a second visit. Its food selection is not impressive, yet. However, they've a good variety of coffees, cold, hot or blended; it's your choice.

Much to my dismay, by the time I reached TCM, it's dinner time and so, I didn't have the chance to try its coffee. Well, I didn't plan to take the risk to stare at the ceiling at night if I couldn't sleep. XD

Okay, let's talk about food.

Minestrone Soup
 

Not bad. Its portion is just nice for appetizer. I find this dish satisfying with spoonfuls of vegetables and beans, much to the delight of my palate!

Aglio Olio Spaghetti
 
Hmmm... Rather disappointed by its not-so-presentable look. I wonder what happened to its garnishing? There's only a poor slice of tomato. It's portion would not satisfy heavy pasta eaters. Sorry to say this, but I don't recommend this dish until it's much improved.

Bad Ass Toast
 
So far, this toast is still my favorite dish from this outlet. It's a superb meal for light eaters like me. Toast + a slice of chicken ham + melted cheese + a slice of pineapple. Nice!


Chicken Salad
 
This is good. I love it's selection of green & purple leaves, drenched in balsamic vinegar and topped with roasted chicken breast meat plus croutons.

If I come again, I must try its coffee and blog about it. Till then, happy dining!


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Testimony: The Lord's Providence

When it's time to "cave-in" and be really, really alone, I love bookshops, i.e. Borders and MPH. It's here that I find salvation from "succumbing" to the online world of Blogging, Tweeting, and Facebooking. :P

Anyway, I just wanna share a little testimony with you regarding the Lord's providence.

25 December 2009, Friday, noon

I spent my whole afternoon at Borders, Tropicana City Mall. My favorite sections are: 1) Leadership 2) Business & Marketing 3) Management.
I spent quite a long time at the Leadership section, browsing through rows & rows of books on leadership. I was thinking about reading up more concerning being a leader and not just being a manager in relation to my current job scope.

Then, failing to get any book, or rather, I don't have the intuition to buy any book yet, I moved on to the Business & Marketing section, of which I saw a lot of books related to social media. Excited, I arranged a few books and snapped a photo, shown below.



What happened next is truly of the Lord's sovereign knowledge and providence, not what I ask for.

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26 December 2009, Saturday, noon

Before attending
SIBKL's Season of the Year Musical 2009, I posted the following quote on my Twitter & Facebook.

It is far more comforting to think God listened and said no, than to think that nobody's out there ~ Have A Little Faith, Mitch Albom

27 December 2009, Sunday, noon

After church service, a church member passed Mitch Albom's "Have a Little Faith" to me because he saw my Facebook status. I was like, "OMG! Serious?" I'll return the book to him after I finish reading it.

My points are: When I saw the book at Borders, I didn't buy it. When I posted the quote, it didn't come across my mind that I'll have the chance to read the book, so fast! And now, I've the book in my hands...

Note: Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" is another great book. I believe "Have a Little Faith" will be a great book as well.


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26 December 2009, Saturday, night

After attending the musical, when I was at home, I re-tweeted a quote from a famous leadership inspirational author/speaker, John C. Maxwell.

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting ~ Elizabeth Bibesco

27 December 2009, Sunday, noon

Also on the same Sunday afternoon, another church member gave me John C. Maxwell's "Developing the Leader Within You" as a Christmas gift. When I opened the box, my jaw dropped.

My points are: I gave up hope buying a leadership book last Friday, I somehow came across John C. Maxwell's tweet, an author whose writings I'm not so familiar with. And now, without knowing how the Lord know what I've been through, I've this book in my hands...



I'm not dramatizing things. I've a deep assurance that the Lord is a real Person in me. Whenever I cease all efforts and struggles to be or do something, He begins to work.

The concluding word of the musical: Is there more to life? Yes! With God, there's peace, power, and providence. The Lord has His way, depending on our growth in life, to let us experience Him as peace, power, providence, etc. It's so true.

In short, I'm still in the OMG mode.
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Inspirational Quotes on Attitude

Inspired by source.

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. - Hugh Downs


A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world; everyone you meet is your mirror. - Ken Keyes, Jr.

A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. - Winston Churchill

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to a thing till you get there. - Josh Billings

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. - Joe Clark

Don't take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering. - Don Mifuel Ruiz

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day. - Author Unknown

Every exit is an entry somewhere. - Tom Stoppard

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. - Ancient Saying

If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. - Mary Engelbreit

Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren't. - Source Unknown

It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it. - W. Somerset Maugham

It is so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. - Annie Gottlier

It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. - Edmund Spenser

Life is full of obstacle illusions. - Grant Frazier

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. - Betty Smith

Nothing can stop the man with right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. - Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is interesting if you're not interested. - Helen MacInness

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. - Hubert Humphrey

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. - Author Unknown

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. - William James

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. - Scott Hamilton

There are three kinds of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. - Nicholas Butler Murray

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - William Shakespeare

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them. - Elbert Hubbard

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. - Epictetus

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. - Author Unknown

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. - Dwight Eisenhower

What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens. - Lewis L. Dunnington

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly. - Lao Tzu

Whenever you fall, pick something up. - Oswald Avery

You see things; and you say "why?" But I dream things that never were and say "Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. - Charles Buxton
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[Friday-31] Movie: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Nothing Escapes Him

That's one cool tagline to describe Detective Sherlock Holmes. I grew up reading Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes' one o
f my favorite characters in crime fiction, apart from Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.

Okay, now about Sherlock Holmes, the movie. As we all kn
ow, Robert Downey Jr. is Detective Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law is Dr. John Watson, Holmes' ally. Rachel McAdams is Irene Adler, the female character that outwits Holmes in this movie.

I like this perfectly written synopsis from IMDb
:

After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.

Three most notable attractions from this movie:

1. Conversation liners amongst the main characters, i.e. Holmes, Watson, Adler, Inspector Lestrade. Peppered with the correct amount of smart humor and sarcasm, you can't help but laugh and admire at how good the script was written! Even Gladstone the English Bulldog can act! :D

2. Holmes' outstanding analytical skills despite his seemingly sloppy and unprofessional appearance. I've always thought that Holmes' a well-mannered gentleman. Well, in this movie, he's not. :)

3. Holmes' and Watson's relationship as brothers in bond though not in flesh. It's kinda touching to see how a smart Holmes can be emotionally dependable on his ally, Watson. Well, he's human. Also, how a levelheaded Holmes can be outwitted by Irene, his love interest.

Amazing. Awesome. Highly recommended.

Now, I'm reading this book:


:)
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It's the time of the year...

~ To all my readers ~

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!

Do count your blessings and give thanks to everyone and everything. :)

~ God Bless ~


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Yam Rice, Mixed Pork Soup @ Sungai Way, PJ

Disclaimer: Non-halal. Please skip this post if you're not a pork eater.

This is the Chinese pork soup hawker stall - MIXED PORK SOUP - that I frequent most during weekdays for lunch with colleagues. It's located at the crossroads of SS9A/2 and SS9A/9, Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya.

Parking is a nightmare at this area. Remember to carpool if you decide to go over there for lunch. Open from 8:30am till 2:00pm, closed on Mondays.


Yam rice plus mixed pork soup - the perfect combo! Remember to ask for more sambal too. The yam rice is fragrant with yam chunks and dried prawns; the mixed pork soup is very flavorful with a lot of "spare parts", if you know what I mean. ;)

Disclaimer: Don't blame me for PLC (post-lunch coma) if you experience it after dining at this stall.

:)
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Ne-Yo 'LIVE' in KL

You know what?

I've a pair of RM158 tickets to Ne-Yo 'LIVE' in KL - his first ever concert in Malaysia - 7 January 2010 - Sunway Lagoon!!!

How does this happen?

I followed @JunkOnline on Twitter and RT-ed their tweet about getting NE-YO's tickets on Monday, 21 December 2009.
*Hint: it will include the hashtag #NeYoKL


Then, guess what are the results?

RM158 ticket winners:
@adamSAnwar
@marciagandhi
@Rhadykallista
@joycescapade
@aghena_

Thanks to those who took part! It was really hard to pick just 10 winners. Congrats to the winners!! Remember, now you guys are in with the chance of winning 1 of 4 meet & greets with NE-YO himself! We will update you soon on how you can do that!

ZOMG!!! This is the best 2009 Christmas gift that I've received thus far. :P

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The thin line...

Think.

Being nice to someone who dislikes you doesn't mean you're fake. It simply means you're mature enough to tolerate their immaturity of disliking people according to their yardsticks.


Think twice.



Being nice to someone you dislike doesn't mean you're fake. It means you're mature enough to tolerate your dislike towards them.



That's how thin the line is.
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I See You ~ Avatar Theme Song

A very lovely & calming theme song from Avatar (2009) the movie, sung by Leona Lewis.


“I See You” (Theme from Avatar) by Leona Lewis in HD


I see you
I see you

Walking through a dream
I see you
My light in darkness breathing hope of new life
Now I live through you and you through me
Enchanting
I pray in my heart that this dream never ends

I see me through your eyes
Living through life flying high
Your love shines the way into paradise
So I offer my life as a sacrifice
I live through your love

You teach me how to see all that's beautiful
My senses touch your word I never pictured
Now I give my hope to you
I surrender
I pray in my heart that this world never ends

I see me through your eyes
Living through life flying high
Your love shines the way into paradise
So I offer my life, I offer my love, for you

When my heart was never open
(and my spirit never free)
To the world that you have shown me
But my eyes could not division
All the colors of love and of life evermore
Evermore~

(I see me through your eyes) I see me through your eyes
(Living through life flying high) Flying high
Your love shines the way into paradise
So I offer my life as a sacrifice
And live through your love
And live through your life

I see you
I see you
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Movie: Bodyguards and Assassins (十月圍城) (2009)

Bodyguards and Assassins (十月圍城) is a Chinese fictional historical action movie centered on the efforts of a group of people to protect Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China from an assassination attempt while visiting Hong Kong at the dawn of the Chinese Revolution in the year 1905.

Check out this English tagline:
"5 hours, 13 blocks, to save a nation's future, they must protect one man from its past."

The main attraction of the movie is the impressive assemble of high profile actors and actresses from mainland China & Hong Kong. This is truly a blockbuster movie. Every character is equally important because each one of them plays their role either in the main plot (the attempt to protect Dr. Sun Yat-sen) or the sub-plots (love relationships, i.e. male & female, father & son).


* Wang Xueqi as Li Yu-tang, the Tycoon
* Tony Leung Ka-Fai as Chen Shao-bai, the Revolutionary
* Fan Bingbing as the Concubine
* Cung Le as the Henchman
* Nicholas Tse as A-Si, the Rickshaw Man
* Donnie Yen as Shen, the Gambler
* Leon Lai as Liu Yu-bai, the Beggar
* Hu Jun as Yan Xiao-guo, the Assassin
* Li Yuchun as Fang Hong, the Diva with her father's opera team
* Eric Tsang as the Policeman
* Wang Po-Chieh as Li Chong-guang, the Heir
* Zhou Yun as the Fiancee (A-Si's)
* Mengke Bateer as Wang Fu-ming or Chou Tofu, the Hawker
* Simon Yam as General Fang, the Fugitive
* Jackie Cheung & Michelle Reis as cameos

This is a very heart-wrenching movie that stirs up different kinds of feelings, especially patriotism and the love for one's nation.

Does it worth to sacrifice so many men just to protect one man? Will you be willing to sacrifice your loved ones for the sake of the nation's future? Are you ready to sacrifice and die for your nation? Do you put your self-interest above the nation's future's interest?

I don't know how to answer these questions. I really don't know.
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Movie: Avatar (2009)

James Cameron's science-fiction epic movie, Avatar, is excellently amazing! So I WON'T provide spoilers here. :)

All I want to convey is how breathtaking this movie is, even in 2D.

Where?
Pandora, a very beautiful, serene, yet dangerously primitive planet with lush rainforest and dangerous wildlife. 


What happened?
1. Human colonists from the Earth (Sky People) and the Na'vi (tall, blue-skinned natives of Pandora) are engaged in a war over the planet's resources, mainly for unobtainium.

2. AVATAR is a program that allows humans to control their own avatars - genetically engineered human-Na'vi hybrids, thus overcoming the problem of breathing Pandora air that's toxic to human beings while still able to connect with the real Na'vis.
Okay, that's all I want to say.

I was basically sitting in an emotional roller-coaster for 2 hours and 45 minutes and my heart was beating furiously during the whole screening duration, or at least 70% of it as I gave my fullest attention to every single detail of the movie. I was so emotionally drained after watching it.

Why? For those of you who value lifetime bonding between living beings and qualities that are highly sought after such as loyalty, integrity, unity, responsibility, accountability, sacrificing oneself for the sake of a bigger and better cause, and trust; every single scene that involves Jake Sully (human-Na'vi hybrid warrior) and the Na'vis, especially the Omaticaya tribe is an embodiment of what I just elaborated in the sentence above.

Finally, this tagline, "I See You" still sends shivers down my spine. What do you see? 


"I See You" (Leona Lewis)
 


Highly recommended. Watch it in either 2D or 3D or even both. I promise you'll never regret it.

It's just so mind-blowing! And, believe me, I'm not being dramatic.


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Movie: Muallaf (2007)

Thanks to AllMalaysia.info's All Malaysian Bloggers Project and @allmalaysia for the passes to Muallaf's Gala Premiere at Cathay Cineplex Damansara on 16 December 2009 (Wednesday), 9:30pm.

Some of us tried our best to get ourselves into group photos with the stars - Sharifah Amani, Sharifah Aleysha, Brian Yap - who made a brief appearance in the movie hall before they left.


Muallaf
is here not to fulfill your need of cinematic entertainment. Directed by the lat
e Yasmin Ahmad (Sepet, Gubra, Mukhsin), Muallaf is a deep, thought-provoking movie that explores a few controversial themes: race, religion, family issues, plus the outcome when these three themes intertwine with one another.

Race: Brian Goh (Brian Yap), a young school teacher with Catholic background is attracted to Rohani (Sharifah Amani) and wants to pursue a deeper relationship with her. One is a Catholic, one is a Muslim.

Religion: Rohani and her younger sister Rohana (Sharifah Aleysha) are Muslims. Yet, they've acquired the habit to quote from holy books with ancient scriptures as cross references.

Family Issues: Rohani and Rohana "ran to safety" to stay away from their abusive father (Dato' Rahim Razali). Another thing, Brian is very rude towards his mother due to his bitter childhood.

When all these themes intertwine, we watch how Brian is irresistibly attracted to Rohani and Rohana because he's impressed by their extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. They share one thing in common - trying to survive emotionally after being traumatized by family members. This special friendship gives Brian the courage to confront the ghosts of his own childhood and finally, forgiveness and coming to terms with the past.

This is a remarkable story, purely not for entertainment.
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A dream come true...

Yesterday, it's about Be quiet...

Today, it's about a dream come true...

Thanks boss for giving me the chance to be part of the organizing committee. It's a dream come true after 2 years 10 months of employment here. You know the reason, boss. It's all explained via IM. ;)

Why am I so excited, fervent, and passionate about this?

The reason is very simple and it's straight from the very bottom of my heart: As long as I'm given the chance to be involved and the company is benefited from it - in other words -
if it's for the good of the company, I'll do my best!

This is what I love about this company. You want to grow? Go ahead! As long as you've the passion to grow and contribute to the company with what you have, you'll be nurtured. 


That's why I'll jump into open opportunities to learn as much as I can while staying competitive, competent, and indispensable. Of course, I'll also need to train up younger co-workers.

Like what my manager told me all the time: People want to be inspired, not managed.

Thanks again boss!!!

*HUGS*


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Be quiet...

Just watched Muallaf, a very thought-provoking, religion-centered movie from late Yasmin Ahmad. Watching Muallaf actually gave me the creeps because I was subtly "forced" to think and re-evaluate.

Before I continue, let me just put up a short note here: I'll be writing a short review on Muallaf in the next post. For this post, I just want to share my thoughts pertaining to re-evaluation.

Do you know the reason certain ones would turn cold and away from God during certain times of their life? It's because they're hurt by someone, something, or some matters and they can't get over it. I can't remember the exact words spoken by Rohani in the movie but that's the zest. Verily, verily I say unto thee, it's very true. I went through that, I understood it very well. I hope I won't go through it again, ever.

My inner being is easily shaken. When it's hurt, it HURTS. Worse still, the tendency to repress the truest feelings in me and the foolishness of acting as if nothing happens are the main source of this unsettling inner turbulence. I need to re-evaluate this weakness. Come to think of it, this ultra-sensitive sensor in me must be attuned so that my heart is sensitive towards God and His speaking, not towards anything else.

A verse came to me, Psa. 46:10, "Be still and know that I'm God."

Another one, Psa. 62:5, as below:


Help me to wait quietly before You, O Lord, for my hope is in You, not in anything else. Lord, let me be able to declare:
"YOU ARE BREATHTAKING, LORD!"

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Never Knew I Needed - Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo's "Never Knew I Needed" is the ending song from Disney's Animated Picture and Soundtrack "The Princess and the Frog".



For the way you changed my plans
For being the perfect distraction
For the way you took the idea that I have
Of everything that I wanted to have
And made me see there was something missing
(oh yeah)

For the ending of my first begin
(ooh yeah yeah)(ooh yeah yeah)
And for the rare and unexpected friend
(ooh yeah yeah)(ooh yeah yeah)
For the way you're something that I'd never choose
But at the same time, something I don't wanna lose
And never wanna be without ever again


You're the best thing I never knew I needed
So when you were here, I had no idea
You're the best thing I never knew I needed
So now it's so clear, I need you here always

My accidental happily
(ever after)
The way you smile and how you comfort me (with your laughter)
I must admit you were not a part of my book
But now if you open it up and take a look
You're the beginning and the end of every chapter

You're the best thing I never knew I needed
So when you were here, I had no idea
You're the best thing I never knew I needed
So now it's so clear, I need you here always


Who knew that I could be (who knew that I could be)
So unexpectedly (so unexpectedly)
Undeniably happy
Sitting with you right here, right here next to me
Girl, you're the best

You're the best thing I never knew I needed (said I needed)
So when you were here, I had no idea (when you were here, said I had no idea)
You're the best thing I never knew I needed (that I needed)
So now it's so clear, I need you here always (now it's so clear)
(So clear, so clear, I need you always)

Now it's so clear, I need you here always

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Movie: Carriers (2009)

"Sometimes choosing life is just choosing a more painful form of death."

That's a very poignant statement from Carriers (2009), an apocalyptic tale of a viral pandemic that sweeps across the United States.

Four friends, Brian (Chris Pine from Star Trek 2009), his girlfriend, Bobby (Piper Perabo), his younger brother, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), and another girl Kate (Emily VanCamp), discover that they're far more dangerous to one another than any airborne pathogen on their journey of fleeing from the pandemic and its victims.

If you're looking forward for lots of action, gore, blood, and slime, you're gonna be very disappointed. "Carriers", of which I thought would be of the same genre as "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Hills Have Eyes 2" is a far, far milder version.

In fact, "Carriers" focuses a lot on human interactions and sacrifices made for the sake of survival, I feel like I'm watching some sort of family drama. The whole movie revolves around the foursome with a few extra scenes that involve other people. Quite a fair amount of time is spent to explore the relationship between Brian & Danny, of which I see as a waste of time and doesn't really help to strengthen the plots.

Whatever the reason is, I believe the directors' idea is not to produce a super gory pandemic movie but a "heartwarming" movie about the values of family bonds amidst facing calamities. Will you sacrifice them for your own survival?

Recommended or not? Nope if you want to watch something like The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2.
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Cristang Restaurant @ 8 Avenue, Petaling Jaya

Disclaimer: Non-halal

Cristang Restaurant

Address: Unit B-G-19, 8 Avenue, Jalan Sungai Jerneh (8/1), Petaling Jaya, Selangor (nearby PJ Police HQ) 


Phone: 03-7956 7877 

Business Hours: Tues-Sun (11:00 am - 3:00 pm; 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm)

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Cristang Restaurant serves a mix of authentic Malaysian Portuguese dishes. Specialties include Bacon Rib Ambila, Spicy Chicken Cristang, Pork Leg Debal Curry, Kari Pimenta with Tenggiri, Portuguese Baked Fish, Pineapple Prawn Curry, Grilled Beer Soaked Bratwurst Sausages, Bitoq, Pan Fried Fish with Bacon, and of course, the famous P1-P9 Burgers!!!

Here are among the dishes that we've tried.

Bacon & Egg Soup

Fresh Mushroom Soup

P3 Burger

 Grilled pork patty with back bacon and minced pork chili con carne

P4 Burger 

Grilled pork patty, back bacon, minced pork chili con carne with petai stuffed in the patty

P9 Burger 

Seasoned with Kalbi, topped off with Kimchi, accompanied with spinach & Enoki mushroom

Kimchi, Ham, Pork Patty - from P9

Pork Ribs Curry

Pork burgers with 1/2 pint of Guinness Draught - that's what define a good Sunday dinner. :)


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