Thursday, October 14, 2021

Tastes Of Freedom

I was discharged yesterday. I felt so good to sleep on my own bed again. Tomorrow I will be back to see my surgeon to hear the biopsy results. Come what may, I have to face it.

My sincere apologies for deleting the earlier 2 posts due to safety reasons. I will explain it when the time is right. Thank you very much for your caring comments and emails which I appreciate it so much. I will not delete anymore posts hopefully.

Today I went to get my groceries done to pack my bags again for the next admission. 

We went to Canton-i to have a good lunch.



How do I look now? I have lost a total of 20 kgs. Click the photo for super sharp image. So I need to eat more, right??



I had curry noodles and a platter of delicious Roasted Pork Belly and Char Siew. I better enjoy each day whenever I still can. We should be thankful to see the sunrise each morning, for tomorrow may not come.......





Friday, October 1, 2021

Two Funerals & A Godson

It has been a very busy period for me. Based on the famous movie "2 Weddings & A Funeral", I have named this post "2 Funerals & A Godson". 

Two days before Peter was admitted to hospital for the scheduled life threatening treatment, he called me to whimper very softly that he might not make it. As he never planned his own funeral, he requested that I carry out his funeral and assist his wife. He was very tired already and knew God was taking him home to rest. 



Peter was a very well known advocate and activist who would go all out to fight for the rights of the OKU and disabled friends around Malaysia. Being wheelchair bound since young, he knew how tough and difficult it was to move around within our infrastructure which are not designed for the disabled.



Our friendship dated back to many years ago and he knew I was always concerned of his plight and welfare. He assigned me to be his caregiver during his last trip overseas to represent the country at the World Convention for The Disabled which was held in Jakarta. This memorable photo was taken at the lobby of Marriot Hotel Jakarta. His swimming pool accident at 19 made him paralyzed from chest down as a result of the spinal cord injury. It was an eyeopener for me to share room with him at the Marriot Hotel. His physical movements were very limited and I had to help him to dress up in pants and long sleeve shirt before buttoning up.



Saying Good Bye to Peter at the parlour inside Nirvana Memorial Centre.


At the crack of dawn, his wife called me up from University Hospital to say Peter has left this world. I immediately sprang into action. I had earlier informed the entire Nirvana Bereavement team from the Bosses to the undertaker team to expect my friend's passing at any minute. So it was a very smooth procedure throughout with the Nirvana's hearse arriving quickly at the UH mortuary to collect Peter's body to transport it to the morgue of Nirvana Centre. The team over there cleaned and dressed him up immediately while waiting for the funeral parlour to place his casket. If there is no planning, customers would have headache with monetary preparations, endless paper work and planning when the head is already grieving and in deep sadness. That's my job to encourage all my customers to pre-plan early to save lots of money and time on the final day. It is Total Peace of Mind, ultimately.





I was all dressed up in formal attire suit to represent the Nirvana Group's bosses who were supposed to be present to pay their final respects to send Peter off. This photo was taken at the room inside the cremation site in Shah Alam. I placed a white rose on Peter's casket and wished him to rest peacefully in the Land of Eternity. His passing attracted outpouring griefs and sad condolence messages from all the NGOs and OKU community in the country and 21 countries from overseas.

Meanwhile.......


JW called me on the day of Peter's funeral to inform me that his aged father had breathed his last at the nursing home. He was a bit lost and confused with his aged mother beside. His only sibling is away in Australia and would not make it home on time with all the quarantine requirements.



JW was my wife's former student who somehow became close with me alone over the years. He was born when both his parents were already in retirement years, so it was like the stork arrived late. We got along very well and he confessed that he always wished I could be his God Father for the role I have been, for advising & guiding him like my own son. I guess there was a father & son bonding between us. I liked JW because he was always so polite and extremely respectful compared with all his other friends. At the funeral wake in a Taoist Parlour along Old Klang Road, I met his mother for the first time. She was impressed with me and told JW to call me God Father right away, on knowing that I would always take care of him for many more years to come, even when she is no longer around. He was happy and obeyed his mum to call me "Kai Yeh". Suddenly his greeting jolted me to feel there is a new connection now, more than just mere friends. JW is a tall and very handsome kid who works as an executive with Fraser & Neave HQ in downtown Kuala Lumpur. I am very blessed to have him as a God Son.


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Friday, September 10, 2021

Moon Cakes from Sin Weng Fai - Ipoh

Yesterday was my first trip crossing interstate for work reasons with a permit letter. We both drove to Kampar and Ipoh for a day trip, passing through a total of 4 police road blocks. It was the first time we took the brand new car for a spin out of town, so the ride was comfortable. It was so nice to drive along the highway and admire the mountains, forests and green trees. The stress in my head became lighter and evaporated eventually.

On our way back to KL, we decided to buy the famous moon cakes from Ipoh. The best shop had sold out everything at noon! The 2nd best shop was even more scary, as we saw the very long queue of 100 anxious buyers lining the whole corridor until the side road and spilled to the back lane! OMG!! They were all holding umbrellas under the hot scorching sun waiting and waiting forever. Last year, we managed to buy from this shop but the queue was like 1/3. This year was crazy and I refused to queue up as there was hardly SOP. Each buyer could only buy maximum 2 boxes and that's not enough lah. So many Ah Koos, Ah Seh and Ah Tees on my wife's side. She would always give them annually like a good child in keeping with the Chinese traditions.




So, we had to head over to Jalan Yau Tet Shin where it's like a wholesale street of many snack shops selling moon cakes. We were advised by a fussy local friend Ah Kit that SIN WENG FAI Peanut Candy Shop is the best.



Everything is freshly made inside the shop, in full view of the customers. The prices are unbelievably cheap for their variety of mooncakes when compared to KL's sky high prices that reach the Moon! All the moon cakes are priced from RM8.00 each and above. My wife bought 10 boxes and over 10 pomelo fruits too. She paid for them, so I am not sure how much each flavour costs.




The box of moon cakes.




4 pieces inside.




We gave this box to Bruce Lee who landed in the hospital for tummy ache. We asked him to cut one piece for us to try. The pandan flavoured moon cake is yummy and fresh with lots of melon seeds. Wait till I try other flavours like double yolk lotus and assorted nuts. Will update this post later lah.




Happy Mid Autumn Festival





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Monday, August 30, 2021

Happy 64th Merdeka Day!

Our beloved country has come a long way since its independence in 1957. We have become very famous for our tourism, great local food and all the wrong reasons too. It has made me tired of reading any political news as frog jumping has become a culture now.



The Covid19 pandemic has brought much misery and suffering to everyone in our country. Lives have been lost and income has become zero for many of us. Yet the politicians are busy counting numbers and numbers from their seats to the daily cases. When shall we see light at the end of this dark tunnel??

While I am still praying everyday for a better tomorrow, we still have to think of those who are hungry and sickly. 



I woke up at 6.00am to help and cut vegetables. In conjunction with the 64th Merdeka Day, this team had decided to donate over 60 packets of lunch packs and a truckload of groceries to another Old Folks Home and Orphanage. 



We have gotten smarter and bought a huge rice cooker this round. No need to cook 3 rounds using the small rice cooker like the first time. It saved so much time to scoop piping hot rice and dishes. My wife cooked soya sauce chicken wings, tofu minced meat and mixed vegetables for over 60! 



All the happy faces at the Charity Home and Orphanage. May this Merdeka Day bring good health and joy to everyone!




Saturday, August 21, 2021

My Diary Of A Sick Friend

This happened 3 days ago which I would never forget. This is the meaning of Foolhardy. It happened to my old friend named Bruce Lee (his real name).


11.00am - I made appointment to see a dentist cos my front tooth cracked into half. I have been using the hardest toothbrush available for years. I love to brush my teeth real hard, scrape my tongue many times and floss them before gargling with strongest mouth wash. Yet my fillings also fell off and now tooth cracked. Now I am using the softest toothbrush.

12.00pm - The young dentist patched my cracked tooth easily. Bruce offered to buy me lunch and I requested for Chicken Sandwich because my tooth filling was still fresh & not hardened enough.

12.30pm - Bruce Lee went to FM's Convenience Store to get me the chicken sandwich. He saw the big poster selling the Spicy Hot Korean Ramen. He was so gatal and bought one to try the "Challenge". He seldom eat chillies all his life.




1.00pm - Bruce and I sat down to eat. I watched him slurping the spicy hot ramen and he was raving away how delicious & tasty it was. He suggested that I should try it too. I just kept eating my soft sandwich which was nice and suitable for my tooth.

2.00pm - Bruce was silent and drank water.

3.00pm - Bruce drank more water.

4.00pm - Bruce was restless and silent.

5.00pm - We parted and went home.


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8.00pm - Bruce texted me that he was in Hospital!! His stomach burnt out and he was in great pain for so many hours. He drove himself to the hospital nearby his home.

8.30pm - My wife and I rushed to Hospital to see him. He was rolling on the bed in the outdoor canopy of the hospital. They set up many tents outside for emergency patients to keep SOP and maintain their Covid- Free environment.





9.00pm - Doctor and nurses attended to Bruce. Gave him drip and took his blood for tests to see if he had food poisoning or others. He was still howling and whining like a little puppy with acute stomach pain.

10.00pm - Bruce went to toilet few times but no help. He vomited in the plastic bag but nothing came out! He was still in acute pain. Still howling and whining like hell.

11.00pm - I made noise to the doctor and nurses that nothing could help to reduce Bruce's stomach pain. His agony reminded me of all the cancer patients in my care who had stomach and lung cancer. The memories came haunting me back whole night.

11.30pm - My smarter than doctor, wife suggested that Bruce needed to drink milk to neutralize the acid inside his stomach walls. The nurses didn't give milk but gave him antibiotic instead. The acute pain was still there! It was like knife scrapping his stomach walls non stop.

12am - Where to find milk at midnight??? 7-Eleven and KK Mart nearby all tutup. Aha! I drove to my wife's new office and opened the fridge. There was a new box of Milk! Whoa!

12.30am - Bruce drank 4 cups of cold Milk at one go..

12.40am - The whole day's acute pain started to reduce gradually. Unbelievable.

1.10am - Bruce has stopped whining. He decided to go home already. Total damage RM900!

1.30am - We sent Bruce back home safely.

2.00am - We got home. So dead tired and slept right away.

6.00am - I woke up to get ready for appointment. Felt like a Zombie the whole day with little sleep.

Don't play-play with spicy hot noodles.



End of Story.


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Saturday, August 7, 2021

A Very Popular Goreng Pisang Stall

I read in my community's facebook that someone from Damansara Uptown came over to buy goreng pisang. He was stopped by authorities somewhere and got slapped with a RM2000 summons for crossing district. That was the most expensive Goreng Pisang anyone could have paid. There are 2-3 different Goreng Pisang stalls located in the both ends of the neighbourhood but I guess the guy came to buy from this one below. It is the biggest stall with the best variety of fried kuehs for tea time and for me to watch my Netflix. Really sedap and shiok to munch.

They sell everything at RM2.00 for 4 pieces.



This stall would operate in the early afternoon and that's the perfect timing for the customers to buy back for tea time. By late evening, all sudah habis and very laku.





These are the trays of Goreng Pisang, Fried Crispy Lekor, Goreng Sweet Potatoes and etc. I could not get individual close up shots because the long queue was there.




This is my Top Favourite ONDEH ONDEH kueh which has fresh gula melaka bursting out in your mouth. The pandan flavour and grated coconut is always fresh to chew. Yums! RM2.00 only a box.





This is Keria (Donuts) which is coated with thick Icing Sugar which is ideal to eat with hot black coffee.




Fried Poh Piah Rolls with sweet & spicy caramel coatings. Very original and crispy!!




Curry Puffs (Left is Sardine Flavour and Right is Curry Potatoes)




This is Fried Cekodok (Banana Balls)




This is Cucur Udang (Fried Crispy Shrimp Balls)


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My 3 Jars Of Condiments (UPDATED)

I have been eating outside food which I bought 'tapao' or delivered by the Food Panda or Grab Delivery guys. It took me so long like over a year to realize that something's not fulfilling for me. The restaurants were quite stingy with their sauces when they actually increased their prices during the pandemic and lockdown. I can understand the price hikes but not the reduced sauces. The final straw came when the nearby pizza shop refused to give me extra 1 packet of chilli flakes when I have been ordering personal pizza from them at least TWICE a week! The entire staff could recognize me each time I walked in, as I have been their tallest customer. That's what the lady joked. 

Honestly I felt very frustrated as I grew up eating Thai Food all my life from a small kid until I went abroad. My mother cooked and fed me all the spicy, hot and sour dishes until I could not live with any chilly sauces to make my bad eating habits any happier. I always had to bring various sachets and mini bottles of spicy sauces in my luggage to Japan and China over the years.



Enough is enough! I told my wife that I decided to make my own since I am so bored at home. I went out to get grocery done and bought all the ingredients. I spent 3 days to prepare my own 3 condiments and kept them in my China's porcelain jars. Finally, I brought those porcelain jars to use after buying them some 15 years ago. There was a Chinese Antique Fair in KL that was wrapping up the booths to return to China and the seller begged me to take up all the jars at any price! He would rather sell at cost to cut losses for the return shipment of unsold goods. I think he was selling at RM12.00 each and I grabbed 10 jars for RM5.00 each! I wanted to buy and give others as gifts BUT it never happened as I kept them all displayed in row on the lower TV rack that was dark brown. The jars stood out beautifully like useless white elephants! Now I am using them for the first time and my readers get the first sip of viewing the replicas of the Qing Dynasty's condiment jars of the old Chinese kitchens. 



I am not telling you what I have made! Please guess what I have made from my own kitchen, all alone by myself as lady boss has been busy with 2-3 Zoom Meetings all day, everyday like a Busy Bee. The first all correct 3 answers of the different contents inside my 3 jars will win a prize from me (Only applicable to Malaysian and Singapore addresses only. You can just give me any mailing address or friend's office address instead for privacy reasons as residential addresses should be kept confidential by you) When I have seen 5 commentator's answers, I will update this blog post again with all the photos showing my ingredients and final product inside the 3 Condiment Jars!

The Correct Answers:


Sambal Belacan






Pickled Green Chillies





Pickled Ginger



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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Moving Office

My lady boss wife suddenly decided to move her educational centre to the new location. She just gave me 2 days notice and I went into frantic mode. I disappeared from my blogsphere for over a week as I had to find many empty boxes, touch up dirty walls with paint, packed all the barang-barangs, swept the floors and went to police station to apply for permit to MOVE OFFICE.




We hired the service from a Movers Company who provided 3 lorries (5 Tons Size) and 1 Lorry (3 Tons Size) No kidding, the tough & strong Indian workers were all screaming their lungs with hanging tongues! So many big heavy furniture and boxes as heavy as elephants!



The workers were very fast and within hours, all the 6 rooms were empty! All shifted to the new location within Kuala Lumpur with no obstacles.





Meanwhile I have just finished painting the 3-D Wall of my own office which I would share with the Lady Boss. 


May the Keyboard Warrior who still flies in like a Witch on a Broomstick, please take note that all SOP was being observed and I did not cross districts or borders to give frontliners a hard time as you loved to assume. I had applied for police permit to move office and the Lorry Movers have approval certificates from the Ministry as Essential Services. So no one broke any law and remember to suck your toes of your mouth gets itchy. Carry on being a good girl and never to jibe or taunt others as you know you had committed lots of sin in the past for being a nuisance. 



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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Feeding The Hungry

Words got around that there is an old folks home in my vicinity that was running very low in provisions and money to feed all the inmates. A taukeh friend of my wife who runs a hardware shop decided to spring into action suddenly. He had never done any charity deeds all his life besides small cash donations yet he has been enjoying good life. I admire his accumulated merits from past lives. Envy! So this taukeh asked my wife to cook up a storm in our kitchen. 



I woke up before 6.00am and that was unlike me. I know I should help a bit while all the cooking was done by my wife to feed 85 inmates. She asked me to peel and chop 1 kg of garlic. OMG! It was no joke for me to pound, peel and chop them for over 2 hours. My left index finger was burnt with scalded skin until I could barely use it now to touch & unlock my smartphone. Muahahaha
In future, we would buy ready peeled garlic from the wet market and use a proper garlic chopper or grater instead. It was unexpected and impromptu as we never cooked so much in our lives. I felt good anyway and would want to help again.



She cooked scrambled eggs with tomatoes, mixed vegetables and chicken in black sauce (another friend's chicken).



By 11.00am, all the packets of lunch boxes had been delivered by the taukeh to the Old Folks Home.



The taukeh was so moved to tears to see the inmates eating happily and hungrily. He would want to plan more feeding and donations again. I told my wife that we should plan the menu ourselves as we had done so many times, on a smaller scale. Hope this pandemic would be over soon. Stay safe everyone!



May the Keyboard Warrior who still flies in like a Witch on a Broomstick, please take note that all SOP was being observed and I did not cross districts or borders to give frontliners a hard time as you loved to assume. Carry on being a good girl and never to jibe or taunt others as you know you had committed lots of sin in the past for being a nuisance. 



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Sunday, August 1, 2021

How To Peel Mangosteen

I have been eating the delicious Mangosteen fruits all my life. It is nutritious and power packed with rich nutrients like different vitamins. My Thai mother taught me how to use a small knife to cut them open nicely to serve guests. This is a common practice in Thailand where the folks are creative in fruit carving as they often have beautiful fruits and food presentation as offerings to the Gods, Temples and distinguished guests.



It is now the Tropical Fruits Season in Malaysia and I have been eating durians, rambutans and mangosteens to my heart's content. I saw the supermarket selling mangoesteen and bought some home.




I realized that all my friends and relatives here would just use both their palms to press or squash open the fruit to eat. Sometimes the whole pulp would be messed up with juice squirting out. I would take a small knife to cut lightly in a circle to open up.



Tada! It looks better and neat to serve our guests with a fork.




Meanwhile, I have been snacking since last year when the MCO started. I have eaten so much junk food and narrowed down to just sunflower seeds lately. It is more addictive, healthier and not fattening! I have been buying Char Cheer's brand with Cream Flavour which is the top selling brand that has always been snapped up. Finally I decided to track down online and found only Shoppee sells them! So my big package arrived!




Look at my 10 huge packets of Sunflower seeds! Yums! I have lost a total of 18 kgs since the MCO started in early 2020.



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Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Power Of Crystals

I am a very firm believer in Crystal stones for their powerful & positive energy. If I entered a big shop selling crystals, my head would turn dizzy after an hour because it had too much positive energy forces radiating from all the different types of crystal rocks on display. In a way, if my luck and spirit was low, it was my habit to walk into crystal shops to recharge my energy temporarily. Another method I used to do was to spend my whole one hour lunch time sitting inside a busy bank! I would close my eyes and take a good nap. There is always plenty of wealth energy floating inside amongst the filthy rich depositors. My mood would always feel positive and happier after sitting there & smelled dollar bills. Try it! 

I went to Shanghai about 8 years ago and visited their huge Science Museum which I blogged it HERE. I was very amazed how smart they were to display huge crystal rocks that were found in China and showed a device that could test & show energy levels from the rocks. They dated back to million years ago when they were formed naturally from the energy of the sun, volcanic eruptions and other formations. I have been telling many friends about their sophisticated tester device until I found a similar tester which I bought online recently.



I took a photo of a few types of crystals at home. A pair of Jade Crystal Pixiu which I bought from Beijing after seeing this huge Pixiu guarding outside the Palace of the Forbidden City. Behind is a huge expensive Quartz Crystal which was given by a close friend and I believe it was tagged over thousands of ringgit. The tallest piece is a Citrine Crystal Tree which helps to attract abundance of wealth and money. You can always google online all the benefits of these crystals which are still alive and emit positive energy inside the corners of my home.



I bought this Electromagnetic Radiation Tester online with intention to prove to a relative that their house is located in a harmful direction that faces a TNB Power Sub Station and also a high tension wire about half kilometer away! The tester showed very high readings and beeped so loudly non stop. Verdict: The family members were always quarrelling as the electrical forces often triggered their tempers besides some health issues. They have lived in that house for over 30 years with all the harmful radiation's exposure.



I took the tester and checked the surrounding areas inside and outside my home. It looks safe and free from harmful radiation. To my surprise, I tested all my crystal pieces and the tester beeped softly and showed lower readings. That means the crystals are all alive and would always emit the right POSITIVE energy that you wish. This Citrine Tree showed various readings during the day time and night time.



This White Quartz is very high quality and would purify the place with Positive Energy. The reading is quite strong.



This pair of male & female Heavenly Pixiu Animals would guard the house from bad luck entering through the door. It has no back side hence it would swallow all your negative vibes only and radiate energy to attract wealth and luck. 

It would be ideal to wear a good crystal bracelet to enhance our well being always!


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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Many Winters Ago............

I was digging my photo albums to search for one photo to send to my faithful silent reader CK Yeoh. I stumbled into many nostalgic and sentimental photos of my student days. My mind drifted back to those carefree & happy days. Maybe I should slowly share all the photos here.




I woke up and looked out of my bedroom window facing the front road. It had snowed heavily the night before. Winter is always brutal and very long in North America. 



This was the view from the back of the apartment showing houses on the left. 



The view of the houses on right side behind the apartment. My unit was on the top floor which could see NSEW.



I still had to get ready to attend college. The weather was below 0 Degree Celsius. I would walk across knee deep in cold snow to catch the public bus. Some days if lucky, my housemate would give me a lift in his car.




When it was Winter days, nobody goes outdoors much except to ski. Here I posed with the Korean Opahs at the Seven Springs Ski Resort in the mountains of Pennsylvania. 




Other days I would invite the Koreans and Japanese to eat, gamble and get drunk at my apartment every week. That's life!.... Can you spot me??






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