Thursday, October 4, 2018

Learn Japanese Language With Kosuke Zaizen

All opinions are solely mine & subject to my own discretion.

I have visited Japan almost every year and I enjoyed every minute of my trips to explore the temples, restaurants and Onsen hot springs. I even studied the language twice from 2 teachers which was rather short and a failure disaster for me. It was my bad as there is no one to practice with me. Practice makes perfection for any language or skills that we wish to learn. Perhaps I am getting older and my brains are rusting away.

Japan is definitely the best country I have ever visited in my life because they have such a very beautiful culture and environment that makes all visitors excited and happy. Their folks are naturally very polite and helpful to everyone. I felt very safe everywhere in that country at any hour of the day too. So far I have covered several prefectures like the Honshu, Hokkaido and Kyushu Islands where Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Sapporo are located. My next destinations would be Shikoku and Okinawa which is still in my bucket lists. I have not been able to save for my trip as my lousy boss still owes me back dated salaries! I want to pass the hat around to my blog readers to help. Ha ha!

Recently I have decided to put in effort to learn this language again. I would be happy enough to be able to speak a bit more and get by easily to have conversations with any Japanese. As you know, I have to service some Japanese clients here and they work for the biggest outdoor advertising company in Japan. I decided to put in effort to learn this language and practice a bit with my clients!

I was fortunate to stumble into a blog post recently that teaches the correct and polite way to speak Nihongo in an easy way. I realised that I could pick up the language better than the classes that I attended. I guess this post Lingual Ninja was created well owing to the fact that the teacher Kosuke Zaizen-San has an American wife! That makes the difference as he could clearly see the needs for individual foreigners like me and you to speak the necessary sentences and correct usage. I was over the moon!

Take a look at his blogpost if you ever wish to learn Nihongo language in a simple and easy way. It is free! I enjoy reading them as they are useful for my needs to address my Japanese clients and next trip to Shikoku in Japan.

 What is Yoisho??? Check it out at Lingual Ninja.

Today is the teacher's birthday and I should at least greet him to wish him all the happiness and good health to live till a 100 years old. He is giving free lessons which earns him Big Merits! 

Happy Birthday Kosuke-San!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Regrets of The Dying Patients

Last Saturday, I went to the Taman Rimba Bukit Kiara which is just a stone's throw from my home. This lovely park with lush greenery is ideal for picnics and evening walks with families.

There was a private sports carnival organized by a leading banking group where they held great activities and health awareness for their huge number of participants.

I was invited by Hospis Malaysia to give a talk there & to thank the "Maybank Hearts Foundation" for their kind & generous support towards Hospis Malaysia. I told their staff about my 15 years experience as caregiver for the terminally ill patients and how I coped with my late mother's cancer and death. I shared some sad stories & pain of the many dying patients in my care. This made many ladies and men cry so much that day as they missed their mothers too.

We all know that many dying and lonely patients often had many regrets and dying wishes. Their common regrets might include the following:

1. I wish I had taken better care of my health.
2. I wish I had lived for myself more.
3. I wish I was happier.
4. I wish I had traveled to many countries.
5. I wish I had stayed in touch with everyone.

However, I shared the common regrets of many deceased patients I met that they did not have any GOOD FRIENDS before they passed away. So it's very important to have Good & True Friends to support each other till the end.

My wife and supporters at the event to hear my talk. Remember to be nice to all your friends!


Friday, September 14, 2018

Mid Autumn Festival - 24 September 2018

Times flies so fast and so many things have happened while my blog was growing cob webs with leaking drips of putrid water. Muahahahaha I hope to be back in active & regular mode to update my blog posts. Many are still kept inside the archives after being nicely written and prepared. I have lame excuses for hibernating my finger to click the post.

It will be our Mid Autumn Festival in another 10 days. I really miss my childhood days when my parents bought me coloured lanterns almost every year. It was so fun to parade around the neighbourhood streets with my young friends to show off. Our lanterns used to be made from wired figurines being wrapped tightly with multi coloured and painted glass papers. We just had to light a small candle inside and hold it up with the fastened bamboo stick. These days the kids have plastic ones using battery operated lights for their lantern parades. That is too modern and looks no fun to me. Time has changed including the moon cakes.

Look! I am very proud to show off the 2 pretty moon cakes I have received from Blogger Small Kucing.  She is so thoughtful and creative to make them every year. While she gave some to her close friends, she also took in many orders from across the country. Please order yummy ones from her!

 Look! The 'roasted' piglet moon cake is so cute from the top view!

I had a good laugh to see the backside! What did I see?? This pig is complete with eyes, nose, tail and even an ANUS!!!! Muahahahahahahaha

So clever of the manufacturers of the moon cake moulds! They created an anus! Time has changed. Thank you so much for making me laugh -  Mamarazzi Small Kucing!

I would like to wish all my blog readers and silent readers from the whole world a
Happy Mid Autumn Festival.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How to cook White Bell Peppers?

I normally go to the SC Supermarket near my office to buy groceries and vegetables. Everything is absolutely cheap and unbelievable. Some days you get a whole bag of freshest tomatoes or carrots for just RM1.20. Last week, I managed to buy 3 big boxes of fresh black & seedless grapes from Egypt for just RM15.00. I could even get a bag full of Holland Potatoes or Bombay Onions for less than RM1.50 depending on their weekly arrivals. Perhaps I should call them warehouse distributors using a Supermarket's venue.
The reasons they are so cheap is because the bosses are smart people who actually provide services to unload all the fresh produce imports from shipping containers for different importers. They also provide some logistic warehouse storage. One thing led to another and they decided to become a seller as well.

I was shopping around and liked the colorful bell peppers! 

I was very stunned and speechless to see white bell peppers for the first time.!
Have you ever seen white ones? I know I am jakun.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Which Durians Do You Like?

I was having long bouts of office depressions after the GE14. So many big clients owed my company lots of unpaid bills. The worst straw was when the directors of Khaazaanaah threw their resignations together and one culprit is a CEO of another company that owed us so much. As a result, all our staff salaries have been dragged for weeks into months now. Unbelievable!

Time to put my woes and stress aside. So I went to feast on durians to cheer myself up a bit. We decided to head towards the SS2's durian haven. Cars are jamming the streets there every night just for durians!

The prices are like watching the KLSE prices that goes up and down weekly. I would not want to eat those RM1.00 per fruit as it could be bland and funny as reported. The Musang King here is not cheap. So we tried XO and D24 durians. It was my first time eating XO Durian and it really has the alcohol taste like XO!! 

 My wife and I ended up eating 3 durian fruits of D24 which was very delicious and just 1 fruit of XO Durian.

The bill came to RM135 for total of 5 kilos which they rounded up with discounts. I will go elsewhere to eat the Musang King where it is cheaper than SS2. Tell me which durians you like?  


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Visit to Island of Cheung Chau

It was a dream come true for me to visit an island of fishing villagers around Hong Kong's 261 islands. I had only lived at my sister's house in Lantau Island back in the late 1980s. That was before the new Tsing Ma Bridge was built to link the new Chek Lap Kok Airport after the closure of Kai Tak Airport in 1997. Those days I had to commute daily by speed boats from her home at Discovery Bay in Lantau Island to Hong Kong daily. Whenever it rained heavily, all the residents would be left stranded at the pier at Hong Kong Island as the seas were rough with choppy & dangerous waves.

The weather was really good and little warm. Their weather reports lied that it would rain everyday but it didn't as God was kind for me to enjoy the holidays.  We took the MTR train until Central in Hong Kong. Walked briefly to the Pier 5 and passed the panoramic view of the high rise buildings. It started to get hot inside the crowded boat ferry and I was well prepared with a paper fan. I was truly the only 'aunty' with the paper fan in the whole 2 decked boat!!! Everyone jealously stared at this 'aunty' from Malaysia while sweating profusely as there was no air con in the cheapo boat we took. You need to pay more for the other luxury boat with air con which we boarded on the return journey.

The boat was huge and comfortable except that there was no air cond. The journey from Pier 5 took 55 minutes to reach the pier at Cheung Chau. We passed many islands along the way including Lantau Island, Tsing Yi, Lamma Island and many others.  

The big ferry boat berthed at the pier and it was fun all the way. There was a big crowd as it was a Sunday which happens to be the eve of their Annual Dragon Boat Race and Bak Chang Dumpling Festival. It was sunny hot and we bought frozen fruits to eat. It was so delicious to enjoy the frozen watermelon and pineapple! Try to make them at home.

It is a famous fishing village and you could see live fishes being sold at the markets. Lots of fresh seafood everywhere on this island. Can someone please tell me how to eat sun dried starfishes?? They are selling like hot cakes there.

We saw several dragon boats having their last minute practices before the finals the next day.

It is truly a very relaxing place away from the hustle bustle city life in Hong Kong. We love this island so much that we planned to stay there for 1-2 nights on our future trips.

This famous swimming & picnic spot in Cheung Chau has been filmed thousands of times in the TVB dramas & HKG movies. I had to do what the locals do and stripped my clothes off to jump inside the sea! All my HKG friends and relatives were stunned in disbelief to hear that I really went swimming there as they had never swam there all their lives! 

We had lunch and dinner there with beer to celebrate. The food was very delicious and tasty. I am not able to write out what I ate and exactly how the juices oozed out of my mouth as I am no foodie blogger like others. I could only advise you to visit Cheung Chau for day trips.

Next post: The visit to the famous pirate Cheong Po Tsai's cave in Cheung Chau.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hong Kong Island @ Central & Mid Levels

I came back from Hong Kong after staying there for a week. It was the first time I really had free and ample time to wander around aimlessly alone to discover the exciting city. I might have visited and transited at Hong Kong for over 10 times since 1985 but I had never roamed the streets alone until recently.

Hong Kong is definitely a very safe and exciting place with crowds of locals and happy tourists shopping every where! My wife was away at the Hong Kong's education university for 3 days and we met up for dinner nightly. We stayed extra 3 days to catch up with my long lost friends of 21 & 16 years respectively! One was my childhood family friend who is now a wealthy tycoon living at the hills of the HKG Jockey Club vicinity and the other old friend was during my tour inside TVB Studios @ Clearwater Bay during my office trip. We didn't see each other for 21 years and he is still so funny like a comedy actor.

My wife and I also found time to make our way to visit a famous island called Cheung Chau which was a wonderful bliss. I will blog about Cheung Chau later on. You must hear about that famous Qing Dynasty's pirate Cheong Po Tsai.

I sat outside alone to admire the prominent landmarks around Central. Next to my left is the famous hotel where the popular singer jumped down to commit suicide at 6.43pm. It made me think about how fragile life is and we should help everyone who is depressed. Only depressions would cause suicides. Please spend time with your loved ones who might show depressions and worries. I quickly left that spot before that 'fateful hour' as the law of universe would see victims repeat their suicide acts at the same spot and time until their "supposedly lifetime duration". It means that if you are supposed to live as a human cycle till 80 years but killed yourself at 50 years old, you might have to kill yourself in the same manner everyday for 30 years until your 80 year's age! The same pain and bloody death would be repeatedly inflicted again & again beyond help. Every religion says humans should never commit suicide. That is the reasons many accident spots and houses became spooky & haunted due to the unseen factors.

Every Sunday, you will see thousands of Filipina maids gathering like happy birds singing & relaxing all over Central's district on their off days. HKG has not enough parks for people like them in the city's meeting point as their forests and green parks are located too far in the suburbs.

This is the famous Hollywood Road where the famous police station is located on the right. Hundreds of movies and TVB dramas have filmed this building.

We both explored around Central and decided to walk our way up to the swanky hills at Mid Level. It was truly an eye opener to see how tall and crammed the living space there. Need I say more?

The condos and apartments are so tall as we soared higher and higher till the Upper Mid Levels. It looks scary to see them building high rises on every inch of land but they are very solid buildings that have survived all the typhoons. They never had "Highland Towers" tragedy here.

It was Hari Raya and I was pleased to see a green mosque located right in between the high rise condominiums at Upper Mid Levels. I opened the small gate and promptly walked inside to admire the facade of the mosque which has nice and serene ambiance.

I saw property advertisements everywhere in Central and my eyes went really big like gold fish eyes!! Their average rentals was over HKG$20,000 until $80,000 per month! Then the selling prices for less than 1,000sq ft would start from HKG$16 million till $60 million for slightly bigger units. Walau Eh! My big eyes popped out of my sockets onto the floor. I need to be a slave for many lives to own a unit there.

As I had plenty of time to loiter around from stations to stations of the whole Hong Kong and Kowloon MTR lines, I started to notice that many people waited and met up with acquaintances at the railings that barricaded the inbound & outbound passengers! I really learnt a valuable lesson here. They could be one coming from opposite end at Chai Wan in HKG island to pass a package or documents to someone at far away Tuen Mun in Kowloon side. They just meet at the railings to pass the goods without alighting from the exit gate and board the same train back to their place of origin. That would save a lot of money and time. Our MRT extended lines are new in KL and I will definitely adopt this cost saving delivery in future.


Learn Japanese Language With Kosuke Zaizen

This is NOT A PAID POST.  All opinions are solely mine & subject to my own discretion. I have visited Japan almost every year a...