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??


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Where Do Spirits Like To Hang Out?

I wonder what is the real difference between spirits and ghosts? In my opinion, they are very similar in their own realms but you could actually tell them apart in meticulous details. There is holy & bad ghosts, as well as good & evil spirits whereas demons are straight from hell's realms. I am no expert in religions and I won't preach anything here. Just be good and kind to all sentient beings is what we should do always.

I have mentioned their most preferred whereabouts before and today, I would pose the same questions again. Where do you think those wandering ghosts and spirits like to gather in this human world?? Not all of them could see our dimensions but some do, depending on their situation, merits and overlapping hours (Yin Hour 7pm to 4am / Yang Hour 4am to 7pm). Guess where??

Yours truly at the cemetery grounds of Nirvana Memorial Park in Semenyih.

I always avoided cemeteries ever since I was a young kid because I often had terrible goosebumps and could sense the peeking ghosts hiding behind some grave stones. Now I have no choice as my current job in the bereavement services made me visit the biggest cemetery like my second home. Surprisingly, I could walk alone from one end to another without any fear. I guess that's because this Nirvana Group planned neatly well and designed the whole area very beautifully. They often invited prayers to be conducted so often the whole year through. That probably helped to ferry most of the wandering and lost souls to better realms. 

The answer: Thousands of wandering ghosts & spirits love to sit & watch inside the dark cinemas. It is so cold and nice to watch good movies too. They would sit on the steps or empty seats beside you and inhale your energy's chi or share the pop corns or fries you are eating! Sometimes you walked down the steps blindly looking for your seats and tripped over 'unseen' spectator. You almost fell down and wondered what made you so clumsy? Niak niak niak!

The next place is all the hospitals! I don't know why many would gather there, more than the morgue itself. Some said that they are waiting for patients to depart whereas the morgue contains only departed ones. So no transactions could be done. These 2 places have the highest numbers all the time. Remember to say your prayers for protection always.

The other popular places are funeral parlours and public toilets. Mostly hundreds of unseen ancestors would gather at the funeral parlours when their 'own people' have departed. Only good ones would be received by their ancestors, holy spirits and singing angels hovering in the air. Bad ones would be dragged away by hell officers.

Public toilets are very popular because some loved the smell of blood and some loved the sight of your long brown poops. They looked very delicious like German sausages! Sedap giler. I am not joking here and won't dwell further on these facts. I prefer you to let your minds run wild.

Actress/Singer Bai Guang - Place of birth: Beijing, China / June 27, 1919. Departed: Kuala Lumpur / August 27, 1999.

Have you heard of a famous and unique grave that belongs to the late singer Bai Guang? It has a concrete piano specially built behind her resting place. When you stand near it, the piano would start playing out the recorded music followed by her crooning out her song very LOUDLY!! Goodness! It operates 24/7 and sometimes it would play by itself when no human beings were there. The other day, I brought my 2 downlines there to watch and they were so stunned and speechless to witness it. I have specially recorded a video below and you can listen to her nice music. 

Please tell me what is your opinion of this video and whole topic today.


Sunday, July 11, 2021

My 2nd Dose of Vaccination

I am really thankful. I am so grateful that I have received my 2nd dose of vaccination. It was so fast and ended in 16 minutes! I feel sympathetic to so many friends who vented their frustrations in Facebook under "Saya Belum DiVaksinkan". They have registered since February and are still waiting. The anxiety and worries are escalating. 

Masuk depan.

Posing belakang.

Cucuk depan.

Keluar belakang.

Meanwhile, I have a Hi-So Thai cousin in Bangkok who 'no eye see' my 2nd time FB posting to announce both the vaccination jabs. He found me very strange to post photos with relevant backdrops to show off again. He thought I paid the photo studio professionals just to snap these photos. He had to shoot me once again and asked me not to be cocky. Luckily I have others who came to my rescue & explained that many props are provided by the government for recipients to take photos for social media and to encourage the public to register, We still have many thousands who are procrastinating and didn't register yet. The number of Covid cases are rising daily. Finally this Hi-So Thai cousin relented and accepted all our explanation. What a keyboard warrior!

Similarly, in this blogsphere, I still see a keyboard warrior who now adopts broken English to taunt and provoke some bloggers on other platforms. The heart appears kind but the itchy mouth still utters unkind words with sinful intentions. I would advise that to refrain further sins, try to suck your toe inside your mouth. If one toe doesn't help, try sucking all your 10 toes.

Today is Red Letter Day for me. The eccentric Keyboard Warrior has deleted all the inappropriate comments here and in so many posts that were meant to taunt, threaten and harass to stir bloggers' emotions and well being. I hope that I will never have to see all the nonsense comments here and other blogs again. Just remember to control your high anxiety by sucking toes. Can add kewpie & honey for better flavour.

Peace Out


Saturday, July 10, 2021

All cats can see Ghosts & Spirits!

Are you shocked to hear this statement? I am 100% very sure that all cats could see ghosts ranging from the tiny pebble sized spirits to the human sized demons. I may have no proof to show you but there are many testimonials on the internet besides mine. Most of us are aware that dogs could see scary wandering ghosts around our houses and would howl loudly in long eerie pitch that could send all your pubic hair standing too. I believe that cats could see much more spirits than dogs.

I have watched the recent NHK Japan's documentary where they shared about their scientists are working towards making device sensors after observing whales, cats, dogs and elephants which have the strongest sensors to detect ahead of coming earthquakes, tsunamis and avalanches. Human's sensors are way so below these 4 sensitive animals. There were many testimonials being reported that just before the Aceh's tsunami hit, many people saw birds, cats and dogs were all running and flying in all chaotic directions in Aceh and Penang until Phang Nga Bay & Phuket in Thailand. Minutes and hours later, the big tremors hit and followed by the big tsunami waves. 

If you have a cat at home as your pet, you might have observed on many occasions when your cat was lying or sleeping on the floor or shoe rack, it would suddenly pop its head upwards looking aimlessly on the ceiling or walls. As if it saw some tiny spirits floating zig zag on the wall or crawling on the floor. Your cat might chase it in circles while you watched in bewilderment and confusion. I was convinced at times because I myself saw the tiny spirits running away from the cat.

Testimonial 1:
When I just finished high school and worked part time in Penang, I followed a very superstitious friend to see a powerful fortune teller in Ayer Itam. She had this psychic eyes and would ask customers to bring 6 fruits along. We suspected that she reared "little ghosts" who would feed on the 6 fruits while whispering to her ears all the answers to convince the customers. Her name was Ah Lan and would ask each customer to simply arrange the 6 fruits on the table in between her and the customer. When it came to my turn, she told me so many unbelievable predictions that I just laughed in disbelief. Believe me, all her predictions had 100% happened over the period of many years. She told me that my oldest sister lived in a big bungalow house and lined all her shoes from the ground floor's step all the way to the 2nd floor's level. That was so accurate and she had over 60 pairs of shoes. Then she said my sister would later move to a terrace house instead and later divorce her husband because she married too young to the wrong person. Her predictions really happened as they moved to Hong Kong and got divorced years later which I had blogged before. 

Lastly, she told me that our house had a very funny looking dark grey cat which looked like a dog instead but it was actually a cat. I assured her that it was very true that we had a hairy dark grey Persian cat which my parents had just given away to a friend because they were travelling to Europe for a few months and knew that I would not be free to feed and accompany the cat. The fortune teller screamed out loudly and told me that we must bring that cat back at once to live in our house. She pointed out that our cat was a lucky cat that brought some fortunes besides chasing away all the spirits away. Wow!! I asked her how on earth could this useless and pampered Persian Cat chase away spirits?? She explained to me that some small spirits were frightened by the looks of hairy cats that appeared like Big Lions to them, in their dimension. I just nodded my head without fully believing it yet. My mother quickly called her friend and begged for the Persian Cat to be returned to us. 

Testimonial 2:
I used to fetch a Stage 4 cancer patient named Ishak to the hospital weekly for treatment and also to the Hospis daycare. He lived in a squatter wooden hut at the kampung area off Salak South area. We would often chat inside my car during the hour long journeys back and forth. Ishak told me that he was sure his house had lots of wandering spirits lurking inside at night. His cat at home was always busy chasing unseen objects around the house everyday. Ishak who sat on his wheelchair with a cigarette would watch the cat in amusement daily. That topic got us talking lengthy on the theory of cats seeing spirits and why the spirits were so tiny? Ishak had passed away not long after and I believe he knows the answer now.

Testimonial 3:
When my sister was away in England and Sweden for a month, I had to take care of her 2 imported English cats at home in Mont Kiara everyday. I had to clean the smelly litter tray and food bowls 2 times a day!! That's because she said they would be traumatized living in a Cat Hotel and requested for my help. One night, I drove over there as usual and stepped inside her home. I noticed the air inside was densed and there was some unseen presence somewhere! I was not scared at all and looked at the 2 cats which were staring hard at me. As if they wanted to tell me there is a big ghost standing behind me. I decided to chant some mantras to purify the place and be free from any negative vibes. I chose one powerful mantra that would invite the most fierce looking Dharma Protector in the universe that would appear in the form of a very huge Lioness Deity. I started mumbling and chanting her name. She appeared instantly and hovered above in the whole air space. The 2 cats shrieked out loudly and bolted away from me, hiding under the beds in the bedroom! They must have really seen the fierce looking Lioness Deity with their own eyes and never came out to eat their fish dinner until I left an hour later. By then, I was very convinced that the cats could see all kinds of spirits, ghosts and even deities.

So love your cats and understand that they may not catch a mouse so effectively but their 'lion' features are scary to millions of tiny wandering spirits that are crawling inside your homes. These spirits are lost and wander into homes to shelter or suck the energy of the occupants. If you cannot help to deliver them to better realms, then your cat might shoo them away from sucking all your 'chi' energy which might weaken one's health and luck. Your cat might bring you abundance fortunes like the famous beliefs all over Japan. Keep more cats please! More cats, more money come!



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

My Favourite Mee Goreng

I love to eat the Mee Goreng in Penang ever since I was a little boy. There was an Indian seller who used to cycle his cart around the city to sell. His frying was so good and tasty that I could still remember his face clearly until today. He doesn't look like mee goreng.

Over the years, many coffee shops around the island have sprouted up with famous Mee Goreng stalls from Bangkok Lane to Edgecumbe Road until Ayer Itam's roundabout. Never ask Penang Lang where is the best Char Koay Teow, Assam Laksa or Mee Goreng etc. Every single one would tell you all their very best & different answers until my confused tourists from Singapore ended up eating at Gurney Drive!! OMG! I really fainted cos I would never eat at Gurney Drive. My tourist still said it was so yummy. So sad. 

There is a branch of the famous MEE GORENG from Bangkok Lane - Pulau Tikus right here in Petaling Jaya. He is from the same family member as the original stall in Penang. 

This guy has relocated to Ming Tien's Food Court at Bandar Utama. My school mates have been eating from this stall continuously until I had to try it myself.

Wow! I was amazed by his non stop frying with so many orders! The smell was so heavenly nice amidst the loud clanking of his ladle. Kriok! Kriok! Kriok! Kang! Kang!! I was queuing up as the 30th customer! No kidding!

Finally! I got my order inside my own plastic box. I had to eat some right away as the smell was too good. The Wok Hei was there and yummy to eat it when really HOT! It's only RM6.50 for basic Mee Goreng.

***Please do not ask me when was this photo taken and whether everyone observed SOP or wore Masks or have taken their Vaccination Jabs and whether anyone had crossed districts blah bah blah. 


Monday, July 5, 2021

Homecooked Food MCO 3.0

This lockdown is getting too long and unbearable for me. I definitely miss dining in at the restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

I love to eat toasted thick toasts. So my wife took out her magic bread maker and baked one beautiful loaf just for me. She is allergic to gluten, so all for me. She used the template slicer to cut them neatly.

Must spread with lots of chilled butter from the fridge.

Finally, smear with plenty of fragrant kaya on top. Sink your teeth and yums! I felt so happy eating that thick toast with hot coffee. That's heavenly! Don't jealous lah.

My wife crazy wife ordered something online without telling me. Presto! It was a Korean Hot Plate! Suddenly she announced that we would feast on Korean BBQ for lunch!

She had bought the portable burner separately and all the ingredients. 

She tossed all the cheese inside first, followed by all the meat and seaweed & pickled radish.

Look at all the yummy ingredients on the hot plate. Everything was purchased from a famous Korean Grocery Store in Sri Hartamas. The best thing to eat was the melted cheese gooey!

She also made a pot of  delicious spicy KimChi Jigae to eat with the rice. I drank several bowls of the spicy soup! 

All are invited!


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Blogger Vs Blogger

As for my blog hopping passion and interests to learn from other bloggers, I always remember to be discreet and polite when leaving comments. I have said that I am very transparent here and therefore, I should  uphold my image with due respects for all bloggers. I would always try to leave comments using the simplest English with light hearted touch in all my comments. I have seen enough provocative, bold and sarcastic comments throughout the 13 years. Using the wrong choice of words had often stirred up many misunderstandings between bloggers when the intentions was not meant to be that way. It is not easy to write and express so well when we could not see each other's kind faces or hear the soft tone of voices. The wrong choice words could merely kill everything off instead.

Here are some examples that really took place. There were 2 beautiful bloggers across the causeway who often shared their lifestyles and hobbies. Blogger A often exercised & walked for miles daily and posted photos of the flowers, plants and streets along the way. Blogger B often shared her activities and lifestyle interests. Blogger A and Blogger B definitely have different background and live in different areas. Naturally Blogger B took much interests in everything that Blogger A had seen, eaten and visited. Blogger B would always ask many questions from time to time as a curious person since they both live in the same republic. Unfortunately, Blogger A took the many questions differently and felt that the comments were all intrusive and probably provoking too. She took it so hard and felt pressured before throwing in the white towel. What a waste!!! Now from my observation, the indirect problem lies with Blogger B for using the wrong choice of words in the comments which sounded a bit pushy and motherly demanding. I trust Blogger B and that was really not her intentions at all.

Fast forward to the next recent incidents that took place.

I invested a great deal of time to prepare and type out all the careful words. I wanted to share and posted an undated event that took place sometime ago. It was a very glamorous awards night specially for all the successful agents in the bereavement business. I was also the award recipient and felt so proud to be treated like a celebrity that night. Dining in was allowed then and all SOP was being strictly observed by the invited guests that night. I merely took off my mask to be photographed alone and that doesn't break any law. Unfortunately, I saw a far fetched comment that sounded very provocative to question me about the actual date, the events venue and whether all the SOP was being followed otherwise breaking the law would bring me big big big troubles and blah blah blah blah!!!!!!!! Too many bloggers and silent readers had read that lengthy comments & shook their heads in disbelief. I had to remove that "Celebrities Wall Of Fame" post immediately. I did not break any SOP rules and the organizers had strictly adhered all the SOP details required. The one comment had triggered Cyberbullies to spring into action instead to bring possible uncalled and unnecessary troubles. No need harsh words as I had done no wrong! 

Next incident, I posted about my train ride to deliver festive food to my bestie at the MRT station. My objective was to share about one trip that unexpectedly helped me to overcome my severe depressions from this lockdown by just viewing the scenery from the windows. I was careful with that post on knowing that my IC still carries the address that is within close proximity with that station, hence I had done no wrong legally. One shocking comment appeared with a barrage of accusations that I had broken the law for going on the joy ride and have no considerations blah blah blah blah.... The comment was even longer that my actual post writings. Phew!! I had to remove the post of "Ghost Train MCO 3.0" immediately as it had probably triggered other Cyberbullies again.

Finally, to answer the apocalypse war of words in my recent Nasi Kandar Terbaik post. I had a very good laugh that my rare food post was too spicy and burnt the lips of these 2 Beautiful Bloggers. I could guess that their fallout started years ago and continued on to this day. They even exchanged missiles with each other in my post HERE. One harmless question could easily irritate another until all the wrong choice of words spewed out until escalated the whole thing from one post and continued into another post. After much analysis, I knew that one had been using wrong choice of words for a long time without realizing it. You can be the judge as I am in no position to say who is right or wrong. I have duly answered about my missing 2 posts which I had deleted at my own discretion. I wish to become Humble, Humble and Humbler.

Peace Out.


Sunday, June 27, 2021

What is a Blog?

What is a Blog? The search engines says it is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

You might laugh at my sudden post to ask what is a blog?? I have my reasons to continue on Part 2 in my next coming post which has been typed, all ready.

Many bloggers treated their own blogs like a personal space or diary to record all the lifestyle events, vacation trips, fashions, cooking recipes or left over meals!! Since it is often made for public reading and viewing, it's best we read them with open mind and a pinch of salt. If we appreciate the writer's topic, it would be good to leave some kind words in the comments. That would be welcomed by the writers and motivate them to carry on sharing. Do not attack or belittle them if one cannot practice kindness. 

Time has really changed. I have seen many anonymous blogs that slander about politics, royalties and character assassinations. These ghost writers often posted untrue facts and malicious lies about a certain person or place to bring them down. These dangerous tactics are despicable in today's world which will see no end in the social media. Now everything is online, free and easily accessible via smartphones to get the latest and hottest news across the continents. The Western Media has been hiring cybertroopers to spread lies about China, Middle Easts, Russia and whatever under the sun. We should trust our instincts and read them carefully without being gullible and prejudice. 

Similarly, many active bloggers today have become real keyboard warriors! Some are so brave, bold and sometimes blunt with their typed words because they don't reveal their actual photos and identity. That is up to individual's choice to remain hidden. They may say it is for their own safety. Yes, safety is priority but sometimes they got carried away with the situation and ended up waging online wars or leave a barrage of threatening comments in other blogs. This is actually very scary for me to learn after seeing some incidents in the blogsphere. Words can really kill.

As you know, I have been writing my blog for the past 13 years. I have definitely seen many happy and  crazy moments besides sad and ugly battles between bloggers. The list goes very long and it is too tiring to recall everything. I have no particular title for my writing styles here as I would pen down whatever that comes into my head. Sometimes I would love to share my happy stories and exciting trips. I would also share about life and death matters without fear or favour. I am very transparent here with all my photos from baby to a matured adult today. My intentions have always been genuine to share anything worthy and sometimes to awaken my readers. 

When a blogger posted about a product or ate some food that they found it unsatisfactory, they are actually naming and shaming the seller. If one thinks it's alright to warn others, then the bad karma would fall back to the blogger for causing the seller all the loss of income and reputation. The damage done could not be undone, so we bloggers should try to refrain from killing someone's rice bowl esp when famous bloggers have thousands of readers daily across the world. It is meritorious if we share good things and benefit the seller & consumers. Character assassination is a sinful action. Just like the Borneo Elephant's case, I did not provide his real identity or his blog links. I merely shared some truths about his bullying and only few bloggers could guess his identity because they were also stomped by him. I was a victim too.

Moving on, the fellow bloggers often shared many good ideas and advice with me especially when they have returned from trips to Japan, Hong Kong and Europe. They would post them in their own blogs and similarly I would also try to share all my experience gained from the travels. Sadly, I never found the time to retrieve many more photos from the hard disk that contains my happy trips and glorious days with friends and family. 

Looking back at all my posts, I suddenly realized that my style of writing and choice of words used, often made me sound very arrogant, egoistic and probably a show off too. I am very sure many readers might have felt this way, deep inside their thoughts. This is solely my fault as the choice of words and topics could be perceived very differently from my humble intentions to entertain my readers by sharing everything. For this, I have to apologize for giving this unpleasant impressions of myself. Perhaps I should not share and brag about myself too much from now onwards. I might remove all my personal photos if I deem it fit to do so. I should write more about general topics that could bring benefits and smiles to mankind. I will try my best to be more Humble, Humble and Humbler. 

My next post: Blogger Vs Blogger


Thursday, June 24, 2021

(Updated) Computational Thinking @ Taman Desa

Our country was supposed to roll out Computational Thinking skills and curriculum across all the schools and universities a few years ago. Due to the multiple changes in the political scene, everything had to be restarted, resubmitted and discussed all over again. This delay badly hurts the educational system and slows down the progress. We are always behind everyone else. We are often famous for wrong reasons too! 

Since my wife is the only person who holds the Master Trainer's Gold Award certificate for Computational Thinking Skills outside United States, I fully support her humble ambitions to benefit the future generations. Money is not most important factor here, though useful for survival and I embarked into plans within my small way in using my foresight and advertising background.

We set up the first centre for Computational Thinking in the middle of 2019. It was just before the start of the Covid's pandemic that affected the whole world. We had a slow start but I was surprised to see the business flourish in all unexpected directions. My wife has been engaged by 3 big establishments for her services with long term contracts. I am proud of her success and hard work. We also have many students who come from faraway places like Putra Heights, Kota Kemuning, Old Klang Road, 9 Mile Jalan Cheras, Ara Damansara and others. To me, that's really very far and their effort to travel is remarkable. That's because their parents are all well learned and farsighted people who knew how important Computational Thinking is for the present and future generations. All the big offices in US like Microsoft, Google, Yale, Harvard, & Carnegie Mellon Universities and many others are using Computational Thinking skills. The parents would willingly drive across so many paying tolls and mileage, just to give the best to their children. For this I am truly grateful for their confidence. Now it is not a problem for them to drive so far and pay for both ways multiple tolls and petrol, but once they reach our area, the nightmare starts! There is hardly any parking space in this busy area even on Sundays. It has been a nagging problem for 2 years now. Enough I said to myself.

I decided that the best location which meets all of them halfway is definitely Taman Desa which is a matured neighbourhood with ample parking space. I have lived here before and still keeps my rented condo, therefore every street there is like the back of my palm. 

I met up with my property agent friend who introduced me a very ideal and suitable place. We have paid the deposits and are waiting to sign the contract. I have designed and planned for the layout before meeting the renovation team soon. My wife looked pleased and raised her eyebrows to see my sketches that included beautiful lighted pantry bar decked with plants and high stools inside the classroom corner for the students or participants. Everyone loves to be pampered, why not?


Monday, June 21, 2021

Our Fairytale Wedding Day

Earlier this June, was our wedding anniversary. We tied the knot in Penang not too long ago. We have not even reached the Platinum yet. I hope to bring my wife to Praque and Vienna by then. I told her it would be onboard the cheapest available flight to UK and hop on ferry from Dover to France and continue by train to Praque and Vienna. All under RM6K budget.

My late parents organized the whole wedding dinners for all my siblings and I. I need not even lift a finger for the planning as 90% of the guests were their close friends and relatives. I probably had just 2 tables for old friends and the rest of 38 tables were theirs. It was the last wedding in the family and they had no expenses spared including taking up all the 3 connecting ballrooms to become one. They just wanted a huge dance floor right in the middle for the dancers, floor shows and band in attendance. 

I will just share 5 photos in this post as it is not appropriate to show the faces of the guests who wanted low profiles. During my last trip to Hong Kong, I met my childhood friend there for lunch at the famous Royal HKG Jockey Club (Phau Ma Tei). He lives in a super luxurious condo right above the Jockey Club that commands the panoramic view of the whole turf club and Tai Hang (Most upscale at the hills). He attended our Penang wedding too and reminded me again several times never to post his photos in any social media. So I had to keep my promise. 

The wedding venue was held at The Equatorial Hotel Penang. My brother bought a brand new BMW 520i just on time to chauffeur us to the hotel. I think he swiped the whole car with his credit card. He loves me too much!

My nephew and 2 nieces were all babysat by me at birth. So they were the chosen ones to become the page boy and flower girls. The boy Shane has since graduated from University of Surrey and won championship for Hip Hop Dance in UK and Amsterdam. He now works for IT firm in Singapore and gets invited to be judge for Hip Hop Dance Competitions in Europe and SE Asia. His sister Jan has graduated in Music from University of York. She will pursue her Masters when the borders are open again. Then, Paulynne has graduated from University of Reading with Masters in Chemistry. She has married an Irish and lives in Reading with hubby and a baby boy. Time flies and this uncle TM is very proud of them.

We made a grand entrance statement when we walked down like a Beauty & The Beast couple to enter the Grand Ballroom of The Equatorial Hotel. I was very touched to see all the faces of the invited guests present who came from all over the world. My tears ran down like tap water. My parents invited many guests from Penang's many prominent families, including the family members of Singapore's former President Tony Tan, the family members of HKG's Sun Hung Kai & Kerry Group, Tan Sri Tan Hoay Eam (FIL of Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon), VIPs from Thailand and blah blah blah. Let me blow this trumpet just for once, so that I could remember all my guests when I reach 80 years old.

We had the longest tea ceremony before the dinner & dance commenced. Remember that I mentioned my late Grandfather had 3 wives, 21 children, 58 grandchildren and countless cucu cicit in tow. Probably less than 50% had turned up but that was long & time consuming enough. So the Penang wedding was just for the groom's side and later we had the bride's dinner in Kuala Lumpur.

My parents were the happiest to see me being married off finally. Good riddance! Haha. I am very thankful that they have brought me up well and taught me to be humble at all times.  My father reminded me that I have to support my wife throughout our marriage whether she is right or wrong because she will be living with me until the end. So far we have never quarreled even once until now.

My next post:
Computational Thinking @ Taman Desa


Happy Father's Day in Heavens,

I remember my late father today, just like everyone else. I posted these photos in my Facebook and it attracted a hundred friends of my siblings who never knew our father's little known talent. He was best known as the earliest ballroom dancers in the country. In Facebook, I would normally write 2-3 lines but in my blogs would be lengthy details for my own diary records. I might get dementia when I am old because my dad suffered from the most advanced dementia. This blog will hopefully remind me during old age that I once had the best father in my life.

Both my parents loved ballroom dancing so much and would hold dinner & dance at the 5 star hotel ballrooms during all their wedding anniversaries including the weddings of my siblings and I. The invited guests were mostly championship dancers themselves in the same social circle. The guest dancers would dress to kill and show up in their shiniest tuxedos and shiny sequined dresses to give impressive floor shows. My mother and all the female dancers would always put on the heaviest colourful make ups with fake lashes like birthday cakes on their faces! OMG! I grew up watching my parents practice ballroom dances regularly even before I went to school. I was still carrying a toy and would often doze off on the chairs for hours. Hahahaha.

My dashing father was a London trained ballroom dancer when he was young. He was sent to United Kingdom under the Colombo Plan Scholarship to further his Chemistry studies for his occupation in the Forensics. I think he was based in Sunderland and promptly found time to enroll into the Royal Ballroom Dancing School of London. He graduated and won a Gold Medal in London.

He proudly returned home and often gave ballroom dance exhibitions at so many events. It was a big thing back those days as many people were influenced by the British Colonial lifestyles. He never took part in any competitions at home as he had already won the UK's Gold Medal.

Both my parents loved to dance Venetian Waltz the most as mum said it was the most graceful and classic style with the serenading music. Besides that, they were able to do the normal waltz, tango, quick steps, fox trots, cha cha, jive, rhumba and many others. 

Ballroom dancing was obviously in my parents' blood throughout their lives. They would waltz happily and lovingly from Penang all the way to Blackpool and Leningrad. Just for your info that Blackpool in England is the world stage for the best ballroom dancing competitions. They would fly all the way there to watch with close friends. You bet, they took the dance floor after the competitions to leave their memorable footprints there. As for Leningrad in Russia, they were guests invited by the Thai Ambassador in Moscow who took them to watch the famous Leningrad Ballet performance. The diplomats admired my parents' dancing passion and brought them to dancing halls there to enjoy.

My mother had all her dancing dresses and shoes specially custom made. You would not believe that she used to ask a known shoe maker in my hometown to make her dancing shoes that lined with shiny sequins and suede bottoms. The humble shoe maker had a small son who grew up later and became the world famous Jimmy Choo. We all know that he was the most perfect shoe designer for the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

(** My mother's photo was not inside the above photos)

My Dearest Papa, 
Happy Father's Day to you in Heavens.

My next posts will be:

1. My Wedding Anniversary
2. Computational Thinking @ Taman Desa


Saturday, June 19, 2021

I Got Vaccinated & I Screamed!!

I registered for vaccination on 02 April in my Sejahtera Apps. I received an approved notification at the end of May. My first dose would be given on 17 June at KLCC Convention Centre at 7.00pm.

My head was full of excitement and worries with tummy butterflies the day before. That's because I read too much nonsense in Facebook about painful needles and swelling arms & nausea for days. Do or die, I had to GO!!! So my wife dropped me off at KLCC at 6.20pm. I must say that it is the best venue in whole Klang Valley. Building is very high class, fully air cond and plenty of open air parking space. All for free.

There were so many frontliners and medical staff in attendance. They were so professional, efficient and very friendly to everyone. They ushered everyone in quickly from section to section. Super fast and no waiting at each section. I showed them my apps on the phone and was whisked inside to fill up 2 declaration forms that needed to be signed in front of the doctor later.

Each section, the wait was no more than 5 minutes. The medical officer promptly asked about my medical history and explained that after the vaccination jab, some people might experience various side effects. 

He showed me this list and asked me to take a photo to keep for reference. I am sharing with the whole world instead.

Finally. this is the last section outside the many closed booths. Individual doctors with a nurse assistant are inside to administer the injection. My turn came in less than 2 minutes and my heart skipped. My body size is big but my heart was like a mouse! I saw in video that the needles were like 5 inches long like chopsticks. So takut lah and I prayed to my dead mother to come & watch me. Kekekekeke

Nurse called me! My face frozen like the Cheung Chau icy pineapple and went inside to see a female doctor. She was very warm and nice. Greeted me and invited me to sit down. She was giggling because I was the only man who ever showed up in sleeveless shirt. She asked this sleeveless young man his age and was shocked to hear my reply. She grabbed my paper to see my age and held my arms. She really said I really looked very young. Ahem! Suddenly she said "Okay la Habis!" 

I looked at her in disbelief and didn't even realized she had poked the needle into my arms. It was so painless! I told you guys my skin is very thick and that's a bonus. I laughed and got up, thanking the doctor and nurse continuously for all their hard work to serve the nation. They thanked me for making the effort to stay safe and protect everyone else. Their kind words echoed and replayed in my head till bedtime. I felt so warm and touched by such caring people. They were on duty since morning until 9.00pm daily. 

The final section was to relax and rest for 15 minutes. Just to make sure that TM did not pengsan or turn green into Incredible Hulk monster before being allowed to leave for home. I was finally given a discharge and the appointment for 2nd dose vaccination on 08 July at KLCC again.

Yay! I was done in less than 30 minutes. I screamed because I received the Sinovac and very happy oooooooo. I posted this one photo in my Facebook and received so many jabs from all the aunties here and there. My kiasu cousins in Singapore called me Aunty Killer for posing this shot. Ouch!


Zong Zhi - Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong

This year my wife was too busy that she did not have time to make any Nyonya Bak Chang dumplings. She is WFH doing 3 different jobs and getting 3 paid salaries during this trying times. 

So we were eating bak changs given from well wishers and a powered bak chang from wife's ex student who is now an award winning pastry chef. Then I saw someone shared the chart below and prompted me to post it for useful remembrance. I didn't know that there are at least 6 types of Chinese dumplings. I have eaten all types below except Hakka styled. Besides that, I have eaten famous dumplings from Shanghai and Kaoshiung while in overseas. Have you tried all those below??

This Zong Zhi festival really brought me fondest memories of Hong Kong when all the photos popped up in my Facebook memory. I will throwback and repost them again. In fact, I posted these photos in my blog 3 years ago when I visited Cheung Chau island.

I have visited or transited in Hong Kong over 10 times ever since the scary old Kai Tak Airport was still in operations. It was the only airport that planes flew close to all the windows and flat balconies in Kowloon. You could see people playing mahjong in the living rooms or drying clothes at the windows. A real sight to behold then.

I always regretted that I never had my own quality time to venture around that buzzling city as it was always a rush or working trip. Even my 2 weeks stay with my sister who had a 4 storey house in Discovery Bay in Lantau Island did not grant me the opportunity to go island hopping.

The good fate smiled when my wife had to attend a week long stint at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to present her papers on Computational Thinking for all all the world academicians to hear. Wife at work, Hubby at play! I walked and explored all the backlanes along Nathan Road and the whole hills of the luxury homes at Mid Levels in Central Hong Kong. Then we hopped into the boat to visit Cheung Chau island during her one day break. Remember how happy we ate the frozen fruits?? I still did not make my own frozen pineapple and watermelon yet. Maybe tomorrow!

It was truly my dream come true to see a real Dragon Boat Festival atmosphere in my life. It was packed with thousands of local tourists. 

We rented a bicycle and toured the old narrow streets like little Boy & Girl.

I learnt that I have terrible phobia for dark and narrow space when I visited the famous cave of Qing Dynasty's pirate Cheong Po Sai who hid all his treasures inside. I definitely cannot take MRI scans without getting sedated. Many HKG youngsters backed out and climbed up from venturing further as their fear took its toll. It was very pitch black and you would have to use both hands to feel the extreme narrow cave walls to navigate. The solid cave walls would sandwich your front & back body along the way and that was scary inside the unknown. I highly don't recommend this place.

Many friends said I was nuts to jump into the sea off Tung Wan Beach! There is nothing I would not want to try in life.

The lunch and dinner by the seaside at Cheung Chau island was unforgettable. Good memories are truly precious. I have planned my future visits to Tai-O, Lamma Island and Peng Chau Island to explore.

My Next Coming Posts:
1. I Got Vaccinated
2. Computational Thinking Centre @ Taman Desa