Sunday, April 10, 2022

Weekend Workation @ Kuantan

This is the backdated post which took place before my unforeseen hospital stay. My left leg swelled like an elephant's after returning from Kuantan. The emergency doctor blamed that I sat too long hours and triggered the blood clot at my leg which my wife fully agreed. However, the later blood tests found that the tumour markers were exceptionally high and I was sent to get CT scan done. I will save this news in another post when I have found the courage to write as I am still undergoing the 5 weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.



On a happier note, let me share our happy trip before the hell broke loose. Here I was posing outside this Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort which has been around for over 2 decades. They still rank 5 stars today. 



This is my lovely bride who actually came for her work trip to attend an important function of the MOE. She paid for this hotel stay herself and I was enjoying myself like in honeymoon bliss. Our luxurious room overlooked the whole ocean and that costs close to one thousand ringgit a night. Oops!



She was busy like a bee as always. This year she has to submit all the thesis and project papers for the 2 different Master Degrees she is pursuing. I cannot study like her as it might give me extra brain cancer if I have to do 2 Master Degrees at the same time!! I always suspected that my wife came from another planet.



I was lazing on the deckchair watching people and the birds. I drifted into dreamland and reflected the journey of my whole life. Have I done enough meaningful deeds? Have I seen enough of this world? The rolling waves in the ocean reminded me again that "Time and Tide Waits For No Man"..........


I went to swim alone and laughed like a small boy again. I spent most of my childhood days swimming like this at the beach in Songkhla at the South of Thailand. My late grandpa's retirement bungalow house was along the coastal Laemsai Road which connected to the famous Mermaid Statue by Samila Beach. I guess many of you had seen that bronze Mermaid Statue. Both Songkhla and Kuantan faces the same stretch of South China Sea where the waves are always choppy with monsoon seasons. Sweet memories!



This is my darling! What was she thinking?




We had buffet dinner by the beachfront of Hyatt Regency. The food was top notch and the chefs came out to greet all the diners to hear their food reviews.



The fish was so huge and superbly tasty with all the stuffing.



That was my first plate of dinner. 




I was damn greedy and had 3-4 helpings after that. I went to bed with tummy upset as my colons were all clogged up and the digested food couldn't move. My hospital doctors and surgeon had warned me to strictly observe low fiber food yet I went on a binge eating. Padan muka! I was tossing on the bed whole night, rubbing almost a bottle of Young Living's Peppermint Oil to no avail. I finally managed to sleep  near sunrise! I have to avoid most vegetables and fruits until today.




All the guests sat at the open air to enjoy their dinner under the moonlight and cool breeze. It was like heavens on earth setting. 


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Friday, March 25, 2022

My Journey To Recovery


Hola! I have been discharged today from the 6 nights at the private hospital near my home. I was given 4 painful injections on my stomach everyday and now my tummy looks like a mess with 24 big polka dots plus the earlier 6 surgery cuts done 4 months ago. I wish nobody will have to go through my experience where you could see how karma plays hide and seek with my health. 
I will rest at home for 2 days before coming back to hospital next week for daily treatment which would stretch over 5 weeks. 

In my last post you heard about the Malay patient who could be a stand up comedian. Next, one Chinese young man checked in and slept on his bed. He is only 21 years old and suffers from acute headache where the killing pain hits the whole crown. The doctor could not see the problem after doing the MRI scan.




I really got along very well with this young man because he used to see most horrible ghosts when he was very young. His parents had to bring him to temple to cover up his 3rd eye. However he could still vaguely see sometimes like me! Whoa! We both talked whole night till wee hours exchanging many gory stories. He was astonished to hear all my logical reasoning and theory about the spiritual dimension which he had no idea. He is extremely pleased to learn so much and I even showed him his palm lines that could see evidence of his past life's spiritual achievement. I encouraged him to continue with his good cultivation this life in order to be successful and probably gain enlightenment. The most interesting part of his stories was how the "Na Cha Deity" often came to see him and played together when he was around 3-4 years old!!



Monday, March 21, 2022

Back To Hospital Again

I was admitted to a private hospital on Saturday. I had a swollen left leg that was huge like an elephant's leg. So you could imagine the acute pain I went through. 




The doctor conducted an ultra scan and detected a blood clot on my left calf area. He was precise to accurately say that it was caused by extremely long hours of sitting down on the chair without moving. It is actually a DVT issues and self inflicted by myself unknowingly.

It is really a good lesson for me not to sit idle like a couch potato for so many days. The bad posture was the direct cause because my earlier colon's rectal surgery made me uncomfortable and shifted my buttock's weight to the left side. The prolonged weight pressed my left side and caused the blood to clot. My leg started to swell up until the size of Dumbo Jumbo. 



The above photo was taken at my first night PCR isolation in a single room.

Today is my 3rd day at the private hospital nearby my home. I must confess that I have stayed in 5 different hospitals in KL. This feat is nothing to shout but scares me a lot. I just got discharged 4 months ago from the major surgery and here I am in another hospital. I am happy that this ward has 4 beds and 2 bathrooms unlike the government's hospital which was 24 bedded with one huge filthy bathroom located like many miles away from my bed. Here, I am sleeping directly opposite a Malay gentleman who is talkative and friendly. He should be a stand up comedian on TV with his funny humours. This hospital forbids any visitors but this guy's "members" come to visit him at the carpark 2-3 times daily where they chatted and smoked for hours each time. Sometimes his member drove him out to makan minum at nearby cafes!

Next to the Malay guy is another new Chinese man from Seremban. He speaks simple BM and Hokkien which the slang is different from Penang. He told us that he would undergo rectal surgery today. That got me curious to find out more since mine was also similar but his twisted explanation got me confused. Hours later, both the Malay and Chinese guys came back to the room from surgery. The Malay guy was whining a bit due to the urine bag with inserted tube that is uncomfortable. He was stunned to see the Chinese guy walking about making coffee for himself. He asked "Eh mana lu punya beg kencing??"... "Tak payah beg la",he replied. Apparently he clarified that his anus had a tear and puss which required stitches only. The Malay guy added "Lain kali jangan jatuh sabun yeah". I burst out laughing behind the curtain partition. The Seremban guy just smiled shyly. 
 
The cardiologist had done 2 ultra scans for me at my leg and whole abdomen area. Sometimes cancer issues could be related to blood clots that formed later. The nurses have been giving 2 painful injections on my stomach twice a day as treatment. Today my leg's swelling had subsided a bit but the great pain is almost gone. I am thankful that I would not need to have any surgery on my leg anymore.

That's life. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Chronicles of a Clairvoyant 1

Recently I followed my wife and her friend to her hometown in Kampar, Perak. It was a whole daytrip and I just sat behind her new car macam big boss. The 2 ladies sat in front and talked non stop like school girls giggling and gossiping like market aunties. We went to various places to eat and explore some new areas too. 

We made the first stop to pray and pay our respect to the old temple. It is the famous Gu Miao Temple which is located along the main road in Kampar town. It looks prominent, sitting on the small hill. It was not my first visit but I confess that it was the first time I really paid attention inside the temple to all the details and different deity statues. I saw something that struck my attention with surprise and later had a vivid dream. I knew it was not a mere dream but spiritual communication during my sleep. I woke up and remembered everything, so it was a form of clairvoyance which I had been encountering since small. Till today, I remember every single dreams of the departed souls who spoke to me to bring closure to their families or myself. I know I often wrote bizarre and far fetched stories which you might not believe but just read them as entertainment if you prefer.




This is the Gu Miao Temple which has very impressive architecture, as seen from the main road. My wife took this shot with the sunlight shining through like heavenly blessings.



Yours truly was still half awake with this pose as we left KL at 5.30am for this trip.



The wooden carving embedded with gold leaves hung above me. It looks very magnificent and beautiful like a floating heavenly palace. I really love antique art pieces like that. My head was often asking about its antique value in the market.



The Goddess Guan Yin's statue is on the main altar. It is a powerful temple. When we have prayed for a wish, we must remember to offer our sincere thanks when we have our wishes blessed and fulfilled. I know many friends who overlooked this part unintentionally.



My darling is an expert in spiritual and prayers. So I just follow and feel safe! I placed the many joss sticks from altar to altar until I saw one with 3 Deity Statues. I was very surprised and stared at the statues which are similar to the 3 Deity Statues which I placed in the wealth's corner of our living room at home. I am sure many of you have seen these 3 Deity Statues in some Chinese homes. Earlier on, I did not know that people do pray to these 3 Deity Statues as I thought they were popular for Feng Shui enhancement. That night at home, I slept and dreamt of one of the 3 Deity Statues in my living room. He suddenly emerged out as a young man with a kind smiling face. I was startled and asked him why he didn't bless me with lots of wealth? He replied me that I never prayed to him and make any wish. I woke up and remembered the whole vivid dream in fullest details and would pray to him everyday. Whenever we dream of some heavenly deities or departed ones and could remember the lengthy vivid dreams, it is likely to be a real message or communications. Most of the time, we have distorted dreams that we could only remember bits and pieces, then just forget it. I will slowly share all my clairvoyance that took place since I was very young from time to time. The title of the post would be similar, so stay tuned.



The front view of the main altar.




You might be wondering the reasons some Taoist temples displayed various weapons and spears. As written in many different religious books, there are big heavens in the universe and there exists millions of devils and asuras that still fight all over the other dimensions. That's why we have those famous Heavenly Kings that guard the 4 directions of the Heavens all the time. These protector deities have infinite numbers which could be trillions or more. So, it is better that we ascend to heavens when we die as it is safer there instead of becoming wandering spirits.



Look! I met the God of Wealth outside after finished praying! Money flew down in abundance into my wallet! Huaat aaaarrr!




I posted this from Hyatt Regency Kuantan. I followed my wife there over the weekend as it was her working trip. I went swimming instead.


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Saturday, March 5, 2022

My Comfort Food

I am still recuperating. My restricted food intake has relaxed at my own discretion. I tried to eat my favourite claypot Fish Curry with roti chanai at the famous Ratha's Raub restaurant was a mistake. I suffered from severe diarrhea for 4 days until my backache hurt my spine during sleep. I had no idea how that diarrhea was related to curry and backache?? I blame it on my own colons which are not fully healed yet. Now I dare not eat spicy food or curries for a long time until my connected colons are friends again. By the way, Ratha's Raub is one of the best curry restaurant which is spotlessly clean with many prominent photos adorning their walls. You could see the framed photos of some familiar ministers including the Sultan of Brunei being their customers. Yes, their curries are fragrant and super nice until they manufacture their own brand of curry pastes which are always a sell out at their Uptown's premise. This is something suitable to buy as gifts for friends and relatives outside Kuala Lumpur.

Not long ago, the popular Polo Bun's restaurant in SS2 opened their branch in Taman Danau Desa. It was like seeing Unicorn in my own eyes. Yay!! I have always loved to eat Polo Buns since I was very young. I could only eat the authentic ones in Hong Kong and Macau during my visits. I browsed my old passports and counted that Hong Kong is probably the most visited or airport-transited place in my life besides Thailand. I don't count Thailand as overseas as I started going there since I was barely a year old baby to visit my grandparents until they both left this world. It was like balik kampung to me.




This new outlet is just right across my wife's centre.So it is very convenient for me to eat there at least once or twice a week for a quickie breakfast or tea time. The buns are very soft, fresh, fragrant and nice with ample choices of fillings. Lots of customers tapao via delivery guys but I must eat them at the restaurant to enjoy its freshness.



Their interior is very chic and simple with bright coloured mosaic tiles. This is how the typical charms of old Hong Kong's colonial days being re-enacted. This is the only place where I could sit alone and enjoy dreaming back my old days wandering around Hong Kong and Kowloon since the days when I landed at the Kai Tak Airport. It was probably the most exciting and dangerous airport for pilots to fly their planes down in between high rise buildings in Kowloon Tong district and touch their aircraft wheels on dot at the tip of Kai Tak's shortest runway on the sea. I always enjoyed those hair raising moments looking out of the plane's windows to see the hundreds of flats along the runway where you could see hanging clothes, plants, caged birds and even people playing mahjong inside their crammed apartments. No kidding.




There are over a hundred faces on their walls of the famous female singers and movie actresses. I wonder why there is no place for male stars?




I truly enjoy those moments eating my comfort food with their famous Hong Kong style Yin-Yong milk tea. So therapeutic and relaxing to eat slowly while gazing at the stars one by one on the wall. Thoughts of them helped to discard away my stress and worries. Their peak and glory days are over. Nothing is permanent in life and news just reported that thousands have fled Hong Kong before the latest lockdown. They headed to Singapore. I am thankful for being here, right now, when I used to admire the lifestyle in Hong Kong. I was young and silly those days. I always dreamed of owning those ocean front luxury apartments that line along Repulse Bay, Clearwater Bay and Aberdeen. Wow! They really looked like heavens, once upon a time.



Many people are not aware that the famous comedian was a big time gangster that controlled huge areas of Tsimshatsui in Kowloon. It was their local known fact that went unreported in news. Social medias are often biased and distorted, so better not read too much but trusts ourselves.

Another unbelievable fact is, the other singer was a tyrant who had made headlines with the ashtray incident that occurred in a famous nightclub. That dispute was hot news for a long time as it could not be settled at all. Rest in peace the 2 icons.

I enjoyed my bun with generous cheese gooey spilling out of the tender pork chop. Yums! Do you wish to hear more gossips? I will visit again soon and dig.


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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Importance of Merit Making

Most of us are living in this materialistic world, doing the same mundane routine and lifestyle patterns daily. We wake up, eat, work, eat and sleep, then repeat again. Yes, we all need to work to find money to put food and bacons on the table. In other words, everyone needs money to survive. Most of us are aware that we need to plan and put money aside for old age and rainy days. Many are far sighted and think this way. How many of us are thinking even farther ahead?? How are we going to survive in the after life?? In that dimensions, our departed loved ones are there and are either enjoying the eternal peace or suffering like helpless wandering ghosts.

It has been written in most religious books that encourage every follower to do charitable deeds. When we help and think of others, we would gain immeasurable merits for ourselves. What are these merits for? It may not be easy to explain how merits work but it would definitely bring goodness to ourselves. It is believed that our lives would be blessed for the better with good merits accumulated. If this life, someone becomes wealthy and famous, it is probably due to the accumulated merits he had from the past that blessed him with smooth and wealthy life. If we have done lots of charity this life, our merits would bring us better well being and also merits are important in the after-life. In the other dimensions, the souls need own merits to survive and enjoy in the better realms. I have encountered dreams and real moments when departed souls came back to seek help. Sometimes they wished to be able to communicate with their family members that they needed more merits for their survival in that dimension. Unfortunately, many are not able to connect with the living family members in this world. So, on our own, we must always offer prayers constantly and dedicate merits to our departed ones. When one dies, he will not bring along any money or possessions but just the good merits with him. If he has little or no merits, I shudder to think what would happen to his soul.



My wife has been sharing with her close friends about the importance of doing charity which could be in various forms. The best charity is without using money. There is one taukeh friend who was truly awakened by this calling and has been organizing the charitable deeds. Together with his wife, they have been coming over to our place every month at sunrise to prepare food in boxes for various orphanages and old folks homes around Selangor. My wife would be the sole chef to cook different dishes to feed over 100 mouths. I would do the small part of peeling potatoes, onions or chop garlic only.




I would follow her to the markets to buy all the meat and vegetables a day before our scheduled Sundays.



This round, there were several bags of potatoes and carrots for me to peel and chop. It is fun and I felt good that nutritious hot meals would be delivered to the homes.





The Chef and her good friend who is a Parang Queen as she could actually chop soft tofu without squishing them at all. I was dumbfounded and asked where she learnt her Shaolin skills with parangs. This friend is not the Taukeh's wife.




This is the Taukeh friend who was awakened by this charity calling. Previously, I would say that he led a very meaningless life of earning lots of money and ended up drinking tons of beer and alcohol with his kaki-botol gang. Of all places, their gang who drink cheapo style outside the mini market at Taman Megah by the big longkang next to La Manila. I think Phong Hong must have bumped into this group of drunkard uncles when she was there to shop for oink-oink. That's how happy he was and we never bothered about his choice. Somehow, he was drawn to all the Facebook photo postings by us about giving back to the society, for the good life we have enjoyed. Social media works as it woke him up!!




We have been doing this monthly activity for sometime now. I have not been sharing much in my blog as you guys might be bored. The timing for food delivery is always perfect after well-calculated planning on the distance from my home. Most of the homes are very faraway like Semenyih or Hulu Langat, all within the state of Selangor Darul Ehsan.



This young boy insisted on helping me to carry as he could see that I was struggling after my surgery. I could not even lift a small box like this as the 6 stitches on my abdomen might rip & tear apart. Oh dear, this boy is a strong man and happily unloaded all the boxes from my car.




One for the album. Once upon a time, I was very young like him. Look how old and skinny I have grown today. Hahaha




The other boys helped to carry the canned drinks, donated by Mr Sebastian Lee. Sebastian is a kind  hearted and generous boss who operates a factory in Puchong. Bless him!





Yengga Poreng Ngeh? Unkal penya Enna?? I asked the small girl for her name. She replied me Nah! Dug her nose and showed me the mucous which was wet like long slime. Eeeeew!! Kids are just playful. How I miss my carefree days as a kid.




In other homes, the young boys were happily eating the dinner cooked by our gang. Many things run in my thoughts when I observed them. What is karma all about? Hope you enjoyed looking at the photos and ramblings. Please remember to keep making merits for yourself. You will need these merits in other dimensions where they don't use USD$ or MY Ringgits.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

My Next Chinese New Year 2023

I think my blogging mojo is back. Here I am writing some closure about how I spent my CNY this year and have planned for next year's!! Call me insane and too free, as I am always a far sighted person who daydreams until they turn into realities. 

The Chinese New Year every year had been different after both my parents had passed away. The unity of having older parents in the family is always important for our culture. I didn't want the situation to control me. so I had to control the situation instead as life's journey is in our own hands. I had to move on with my life. That's why I decided to spend our entire 9 days Chinese New Year in London back in 2019. It was so much fun and memorable for us to travel across England, Scotland and Wales in one visit. It was just both of us, free & easy style, so I felt everything was relaxing. Then I booked our tickets to spend the Chinese New Year in Guangzhou for 2020. However the Covid's pandemic struck Wuhan and spread to Guangzhou very fast. They shut down the city and airport, so AirAsia had to cancel our flights on Chinese New Year's eve just before our departure. Later AA also cancelled all our flights to Hua Hin and Melbourne, with full refunds credited to my account. I hope that the China's borders will reopen again so that we can spend the next Chinese New Year 2023 in Guangzhou.




We had 7 sessions of Yee Sang tossing this year. The above photo was the last one, hosted by Sebastian Lee who is a generous businessman with a charitable heart and runs a factory in Puchong that supplies F&B products. 



We visited a relative in their big bungalow house which has 4 storeys and an elevator inside! The matriarch of the house is the grand daughter of the late philanthropist Heah Joo Seang, who founded the first Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Here I posed with the beautiful rose wood antique set that's studded with mother of pearls. It's the heirlooms of the the late tycoon Heah Joo Seang and I have booked it. I told them I have a ready buyer for genuine pieces and those belonging to famous families fetch even higher in the market.




This year was the first time we were gifted with 8 packets of Bak Kua (BBQ Pork Meat) by close friends and relatives.




There is one brand which I would not reveal the name. It tastes very good but the pork meat supplier who was my wife's school mate had cautioned everyone not to buy that brand. He supplies pork meat to them but found out that they mixed the minced meat with other pork meat that was processed from sickly or even pigs that had died of unknown causes. Yuks!! No one had died from eating them but the thoughts of sickly pigs could turn my stomach. I hint to you okay. That brand has the most branch outlets in the market. 



This brand is our top favourite brand. I learnt from a relative in Hong Kong that all the Hongkies love this brand too. They will not want to try others. Do you know that Hong Kong is the city that has the most Rolls Royce in the world? The folks know what is the best.



This is my simple CNY decoration at my wife's education centre. I arranged the Mei Hua with oranges and gold nuggets using my 100 year old Chinese Basket from the Qing Dynasty's era. The whole ceiling of the center has lanterns and strings of pattern frills. Next year, I have planned for better decoration ideas.



I saw these lively flowers decoration at One Utama. I will follow this style.




This floral arrangement is simple & easy yet it looks stunning like bursting with luck. I have plenty of antique pots and jars to put as the flower base.




I saw this big fishes at Starling Mall. I love that unique origami which I had not seen elsewhere. I have lots of red packet left overs. I can fold the unused red envelopes into auspicious fishes next year and give them away together with CNY cookies.


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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Last Christmas 2021

How did your Christmas celebrations go? I got my Christmas wish which came true. From my hospital beds 3 months ago, I thought I would not be able to spend my Christmas like how I had enjoyed all my life. The best Christmas time I had was in San Francisco when I was a student. The Americans celebrated the festive season in a much bigger scale with huge Christmas trees everywhere complete with real blooming Poinsettia plants and hundreds of Santa Clauses ringing the bells on the streets during Winter. My dream's bucket list is to celebrate Christmas with my wife in Vienna. My mum told me that Vienna is the best place to visit in whole Europe.




I was still frail and very weak in December when I visited the Starling Mall. Can you see the happy tears in my eyes?



My sister invited us to have a Christmas Dinner with her and her Viking hubby.




We went to Rocksalt Restaurant which was a unique place with fine dining for orang atas.



All the walls were built with real Rock Salt minerals and lighted up to radiate the energy! It certainly attracts hordes of wealthy customers to eat there. One of them is my sister lah.





Look at the Christmas Menu, priced at RM198.00 per pax.





This is what we ate. As usual, I didn't jot down the dishes, so I will come back again to update it when I have checked the above menu. 




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