February 28, 2011

Got Fired.


But I havent been in a job since CNY....

Applied for a receptionist job at Crystal Hotel today but they want me to work for at least 3 months...

Since I'll be off to college at the end of April, so... baibai job~

What job now what job now... I'm hungreeey for moneeeey..........

February 14, 2011

A Public Service Announcement to my fellow bloggers

Notice my Cbox (and my friend's one in black from another blog) have messages from people we dont know.
 (Cynthia, Maryanne, mm and Sally)

 Notice Cynthia and Sally's names are linked (not to mention Sally's message is weird).

Upon following Cynthia's link, I reached here:

 And my Web Of Trust (a Firefox add-on that detects bad websites) shows this website has rather poor overall safety ratings.

Over the space of a few weeks, I've had many visitors on my Cbox similar to Cynthia and Sally; suspicious messages and links to unfamiliar (and unsafe) websites, as you can see I've banned:

Me thinks there are some spammers going around my blog and slowly moving on to my friends' blogs. So, (especially you, Sikuk) if you do see such foreign names with weird links (example below)

and weird comments in your chat box or blog comments, ignore (or better still, delete and ban) them. They may look friendly, (dont buy the "From Ipoh with love" thing, Sikuk. Its just a trick to get your attention.) but they actually arent.

February 13, 2011

Tiger Mothers

This, if you dont know, is Amy Chua, author of the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Her book has sparked global debate as it mentioned how strict, regimental Chinese Mother-style parenting methods are the way to produce successful, genius children. Even many Chinese moms themselves do not agree with her ways of raising a child.

 After reading today's NST article regarding Tiger Mothers, I too disagree with the Tiger Mother method way. (Although maybe my opinions are influenced due to not being raised by a Tiger Mum, but then again, the same goes for almost all of us ~)

The Tiger Mother (TM for short) way gives zero tolerance for the child to enjoy what is to be the happiest times of their lives. Every second of the day is not wasted by sending them to (as I read in the NST), Latin classes, gymnastics, piano lessons, and anything possible to develop the child mentally so that they will be able to be major successes before they even reach adulthood. The TM does not allow for anything leisurely like playing sports, hanging out with friends, or watching cartoons. Some TMs even cane, slap or give harsh criticisms on their children so that they will always maintain top-level performances and discipline. They will not accept grades lower than an A+ or scores below 95% in exams, otherwise the child would be punished. 

(Man, if my mum were a TM I'd be mauled 5-6 times over for that)

Sure, TMs and those who support them would say it is for their own good as it is vital for them to perform and succeed in this fast-paced, high-demanding, modern world and that the sacrifice of their childhood is worth it.

How many percent of the world population would agree to that in the first place? Will these children have a sense of fun when they grow up? If you ask me, stealing a young one's childhood is the next worse thing to stealing one's life. Yeah sure children will grow up to be highly skilled and capable, but will they enjoy the journey there? When they get old, they'll recall what a terrible childhood they had and scare the hell out of their grandchildren. In the end, no matter how successful one is, we'll all grow old, wrinkle, some will bald, and then die. So why not make the best of life, do what you want and what makes you happy, especially in those early years when it's your best chance to?

To close off, have a look at these world figures, who werent raised by TMs:

 Academics and mental prowess arent the only ways to success

Carlos Slim Helu, the world's richest man is worth 53 billion US dollars

Steve Jobs, one of the 3 men who founded the Apple company

and, as I can see, the perfect balance of success and happiness...

51 years old, driving all sorts of sportscars as his job, traveling the world, and this picture just says how much he enjoys it.

February 12, 2011

An example of Prejudice towards Buddhism

What do you think or feel when you read this? Let me tell you what I think.

Who ever taught these Christians (the evangelic one who wrote the comment and the 2 people who liked it) that Buddhists are seen as mere targets for them to spread their religion around?

Is it cool to have so many Buddhists around not because of religious diversity and harmony, but instead just because you can preach more and gain more Christian followers?

Now, I'm sorry, but do not ever think that just because we're Buddhists (or any non-Christian), you can just preach and evangelise us as you please. Does this come from your assumptions that Buddhists are less enthusiastic about our religion as compared to you and Christianity, therefore we are easily influenced and converted?

Yes, there are Buddhists that arent really educated about Buddhism, and/or do not really have a strong grasp and understanding of it, but that does not mean you can just take advantage and convert their religion as you wish. Even if the Bible teaches you to spread the gospel, what about your own fellow Christians who are not as holy? Dont you spread it with them?

 I'm not writing this in an attempt to criticise another religion, but I find it absolutely one-track minded and borderline selfish of this person to perceive Buddhists simply as people to be evangilised for Christianity's sake. And I know there are many more of these people around. I might even call it slightly disrespectful. We too have our own beliefs and ways of life based on Buddhism. We do not interfere with Christians (or any other religion) or preach and spread the word about Siddhartha Buddha just to gain more followers, I only see it fit other religion practitioners do the same. It's only up to the individual what he/she wants to follow, not the preachers to influence him/her into making a decision.

February 7, 2011

See-Ann-Why 2011

This year's was.... well, nothing spectacular really. I was still working on CNY eve (and surprisingly The Store was still jam packed full of customers. Quite literally last-minute shopping), got to watch the fireworks from all over Sitiawan/Kg Koh, enjoyed home cooked dinner after 2 weeks on a diet of buns, buns, BUNS!!!!! 

Then spent the first 2 days just lazing at home, where I've started watching my first ever Japanese Anime!


It's called Wangan Midnight, a story about a young boy named Akio who discovers this mysterious (and very fast) blue Datsun 240Z which is nicknamed "Devil's Z" because of it's many accidents with previous owners. Along the way Akio is challenged by many other street racers around Tokyo, while he himself tries to beat the untouchable Tatsuya in his Porsche 911 Turbo (aka Blackbird) to be Wangan's fastest racer. 

Just FYI, the Wangan is the longest, straightest stretch of highway in all of Japan, making it a prime location for street racers to reach speeds of over 300km/h.

As of now, I've watched 17 out of 26 episodes, so no spoilers please!!!

Okay then on Saturday we headed down to Kajang to visit our relatives, had a dinner together, talked, laughed, 

drank some of this Baileys Irish Cream
which is a gin + whisky + chocolate drink. When it first enters your mouth you pick up the alcohol, and leaves a creamy chocolate aftertaste. Mmm... :

It's a bit light-brownish, something like ice-blended coffee maybe, but thick (as the "cream" in it's name suggests).

and we laughed some more....

On Sunday we hopped over to Puchong to visit more relatives and then for lunch we headed to a restaurant called Lorong Seratus Tahun in Subang Jaya

which got it's name from (I guess) a hawker street in Penang that has been around for a hundred years. Most famous for it's Penang Curry Mee:

a mix of mee and bihoon with prawns, sotong, see ham (cockles) and fu chuk (I think). Also comes with a separate container of curry paste if you'd like an extra BOOM in your bowl.

This is 3 Colours Tea. The top is the tea, the middle is the milk, the bottom is, err.... something. A strong milky taste it has.

Sorry for the lack of autofocus. It reads "Featured on TV3's Jalan Jalan Cari Makan on 10/5/2009"

And then on Monday, here I am~