Monday, December 31, 2012

Complete Works

:) Yup, today is the day – the eve of the New Year 2013. Oh boy, how times flies. It’s a time to reflect about the year that has just passed, and a time to look forward to the year that is ahead. It’s a time for giving and receiving. For parties and get-togethers, but also a time for finding solitude. It’s a time for taking breaks, but also everything that is going at top speed. It’s about family and friends. Faith and food. Laughter and the last-minute dash for finishing work and holiday shopping. I do cherish the chance to think about the different highlights and challenges that I’ve had this year. Yes, even if some of those memories may not always be pleasant. To me, it’s a good time to celebrate the milestones & opportunities, but also to find a way to leave the difficult moments behind and move my life forward. To enjoy the joyful times and to forgive hurts. To let go of pain and to be grateful for life’s wins. This is the time of the year where I pause and do a lot of reading and writing. Not just for reflecting on the past, but also for anticipating the future. This always brings everything back into perspective.

So yeah, even as I write this post, I am sitting here, marveling at the year that I’ve lived. It’s amazing how the setbacks in my life can be buried if I focus on all of the good stuff that has happened to me. It was enjoyable but extremely challenging. It forced me to look at the light and the pretty things in life every day.

Tomorrow, as the sun rise to welcome the New Year – more challenges will plough my way. I am not sure whether I have sufficient courage left in this body of mine to face them, but I will face them. I know that it sounds a bit silly, but I know that I will weather them well with GOD in my life and life will still be great :) After all, I did survived the end of the world right? :)

What a year indeed. Bring it on, 2013…I am ready to do Battle & Be Brave. 2013 will be a year where I will live up to my full potential (in my career, in my community connections, in my friendship, in love, with my family, my Me Time, my relaxation & in spirituality), share more, eat fresh, healthy & delicious food, workout, make time for important & people stuff, I will listen (as in really listen) to others & to my heart, grin more, I will grow my blog, remember names & faces, drink good coffee, learn new stuff (cooking), create stuff bravely, make new mistakes (and learn from them) and love it all. 2013 will be an amazing year :)

That’s a wrap :)

If I’m scared, be scared. Allow it. Release it – Beyonce

Source Code

:) Liverpool piled on the misery for QPR as they comfortably beat Harry Redknapp’s beleaguered side 3 - 0 at Loftus Road in the final Premier League match of the year.

The Big Bang Style

Shout to the Lord

My Jesus, my Savior
Lord, there is none like you
All of my days
I want to praise
The wonders of your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath
All that I am
Never cease to worship you

Shout to the Lord, all the earth let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down, and the seas will roar
At the sound of your name
I sing for joy at the work of your hands
Forever I'll love you
Forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in you

My Jesus, my Savior
Lord, there is none like you
All of my days, I want to praise
The wonders of your mighty love
My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship you

Let's keep GOD's blessings coming! :)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Year Of Marvels

Modesto, CapSquare – was there to celebrate the retirement of my right-hand neighbor; the Director Mr. Jan Vet and also another Operation Director Mr. Frans B. Earlier on, was a farewell lunch at the local Golf Club. The dinner buffet was good, the wine was good, the music suited the mood of everyone, conversations & laughter was flowing out non-stop...overall a very good camaderie.

All of the colleagues were very sad that Mr. Jan Vet will be leaving after serving the division for 8 eights. As I am a newbie and didn’t have the time to get to know him better, I didn’t feel anything at all :) We have less interaction as he will directly look for Leonardo most of the time; unlike the French with a more open concept where the bosses will look and communicate to the Division Manager & Category Manager at the same time. Here in G13, they follow the hierarchy line. There are pros & cons. I personally much more prefer a working environment with a strong SOP culture and inclusive decision making & communication systems. Then, the people will have a sense of ownership and feel that they are a part of the organization.  

As a matter of fact, I am also just looking forward to the new director that will be onboard soon and the new direction that we will be heading into the new year of 2013. Mr. Jan Vet has been a larger than life figure in the office, always dominating, clever and has clever strategies & movements. Under his stewardship, we all are in good position, growing & progressing. The team can still manage different types of recent tough scenarios – a volatile economy, the recent re-structuring of the English which produce a more aggressive & lean business model & strategies, the rise of the underdog; when the Japanese who recently acquired another 20+ stores of the French; this further elevate their position in the retail market - and yet, we still get the results; which is important. We can also defend in difficult conditions and his commitment to the group has been fabulous. I further admire his courage when he apologizes to Leonardo in public for calling Leonardo stupid is commendable.

I am fine with nothing changing at the moment. I would love for nothing to change…at the moment :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Born a RED, Live a RED, Die a RED

It’s so frustrating to see them continue blowing hot and cold.
It’s more like one day they play the game like a bunch of graceful swans. The next day, they turn into ugly ducklings. One day they are Jekyll, the next, they are Hyde. Beauty and the beast, even. Two weeks ago, they were insipid in the 3 – 1 loss to Aston Villa. That was the Reds as an ugly duckling, Jekyll, Beast or whatever you want to call them. Then, last week, they turned in a wonderful show to power past Fulham 4 – 0. That, my fellow com-Reds was our team in full flow, like the swans. Then, on Boxing Day – our team turned into ugly ducklings once again as they were pulverized 3 – 1 by Stoke :(
Let’s stop kidding ourselves. We are still struggling to stay in the Top 10, let alone Top 4.
So come on Reds – YNWA!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

laughter at the christmas lawn

Merry Christmas 2012
Christmas is always homey, warm, accepting, loving, joy, ever faithful & re-newing :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

the 100th sequel

:) Early Christmas present for the fans - the Reds swept to a 4 - 0 victory over Fulham at Anfield on Saturday.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Help

The World did not end today.
The World did not come to a still today.
As a matter of fact, today has been a very remarkable day for me.
As the Mayan Calendar ends today – tomorrow is the birth of a new beginning.
There was such a lovely atmosphere in the air today…that I just wanted to sit down quietly, slowly soak up all of the goodness of life into my bones…and to remember how amazing & blessed my life has been and also how precious life is :)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Red’s Revenge

The Reds' revival ended with a surprise 3 - 1 defeat against a struggling Aston Villa at Anfield :(

One Hundred Names

Jack Reacher The Movie – Jack Reacher towers over most people as he is six-foot-five-inch (196 cm) giant. He is not much of a talker, has an impressive 50-inch (127 cm) chest, ice blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He is a former military man who stays off the grid and wanders alone around America carrying nothing much more than cash and a foldable toothbrush. He has never possessed a driver's license. He doesn’t stay very long in one place; he is constantly on the move. Since leaving the army, Reacher has been a drifter and after the real life of 2001 terror attacks on 9/11; with an expired passport on him, he wanders across the United States mainly by hitching rides with strangers and inevitably comes across crimes that need his expertise in solving. The reason for doing so is because he felt he never get to know his own country, having spent much of his youth living overseas on military bases and at the military school West Point. He was born on a military base. He wanders throughout the United States because he was accustomed to being told where to go, when to go and what to do for every day of his life from military childhood to military adulthood. Reacher drink lots of coffee, sleeps fully dressed, never carries spare clothes (he just wears what he has on until they’re dirty, then throws them away and buys a new – always very cheap outfit). Reacher is unemotional and has a fascination with mathematics – he calculates his fight moves mathematically in his head. This man is also able to break a man’s neck with one hand, should the circumstances require him to do so.

Jack Reacher is also a popular fictional character, the central figure in the 17 Jack Reacher novels written so far by British author Jim Grant, better known by his pen name – Lee Child.

But in the first Jack Reacher movie, simply call Jack Reacher and schedule to open worldwide on December 21st – the protagonist is played by the dark haired and rather smaller than the book character – Tom Cruise! :( This casting choice seems more than a little unorthodox. It is like casting Oprah Winfrey to play Karen Carpenter. I have not watched the movie yet. Perhaps, the movie will be better than the book…who knows. But Tom Cruise? Why of all people. He is of a much smaller frame, too clean, too polished to play Reacher. Reacher has excess baggage, rugged, a silent & moody charisma personality, low profile while Cruise is loud and such a show-off. However, Child is convinced that Tom Cruise is the best man for the job – saying that the actor nails it. I've got to watched it and judge for myself.

When I first started reading the Jack Reacher series back in 2006 – I thought Brad Pitt or Keanu Reeves were a better choice. I have read 4 books thus far – The Enemy, One Shot, Without Fail & Killing Floor. What’s appealing about the book is the human story with characters and situations that is well recognized. Jack Reacher is a well loved hero; the book has plenty of actions and incidents. I love his thoughts, his tastes, his quirky reactions, his deductive instincts. Reacher is a universal myth – the noble loner, the mysterious stranger, the knight errant. Every culture and every period of history has stories about men just like him. And every part of the world has tough cities and bad guys.

'Hope for the best, plan for the worst’ – Jack Reacher

'Never volunteer for anything. Soldier’s basic rule’ – Jack Reacher

Raised Wild

When people ask me my age – which I answer back triumphantly; 30 :)
Marital Status – which I answer back bravely; single :)
I’ve grown accustomed to such questions now. However, based on their reactions, I don’t know if it stems from curiosity, wonder, pity or perhaps even envy. Maybe it’s a combination of everything. But this doesn’t bother me at all. These days, it’s not that uncommon to stumble across single women over the age of 30.

We all have our reasons – some love their jobs so much that if they could marry them, they would. Others prefer to wait until they find someone really suitable, while some claim that the timing was just not right, others chip in that they want to accomplish a few things from their bucket list before taking the plunge or perhaps upon deeper reflection, it was a case of jodoh belum sampai. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps, I leave that to GOD. HE; I believe knows what’s best for me.

For me, the best thing about being single is freedom. I’m not obliged to answer to a man and I don’t have to worry how my decisions may affect him. I can make my plans at a moment’s notice without consulting him. In short, I can be selfish :) Being on my own means that I have to be independent and responsible for my own actions. Knowing that I can take care of myself is very satisfying. It builds character and boosts my self-worth. Singlehood makes it easier for me to do things that I’d like to do. I just need to push myself and see how far I can stretch my capabilities. When the possibilities are endless, everything boils down to you having the courage to overcome your fears and shine. I always say – Ride The Rollercoaster and Smile At The Store :)

Nonetheless, not every single day is a sunny day for the singleton. There will come a time (which already arrives for me), when loneliness creeps in. It comes without warning, scaring the daylight out of you. Big L is a lurker, I tell you. He pounces on you when you least expect it. A few years ago, when most of my girlfriends had settled down, I have the tendency to shy away from gatherings attended by couples. The thought of being Bridget Jones ‘All By Myself’ was too much for me :) In the end, I realized that I was being very silly. No one asked when I was going to settle down and I didn’t have to ask them when they were going to have a baby / another baby. These days, many of my friends have uploaded their happy family pictures on Facebook, when this happens; I simply share pictures of my adventures :)

But things aren’t all that bad. I’m learning to make new friends and I also have wonderful friends who seem more than happy to have me around, be it at social or family gatherings. Sure, once in a while they will ask me ‘how’s the love life going?’ – to which I cheerfully reply that I will work on it. They take the hint and move on to the other things. All in all – I’m happy to live vicariously through friends & cousins who are mothers or fathers while enjoying my freedom and independence. I’m grateful. Until someone decent comes along, I shall enjoy my singlehood and just go with the flow.

Life is fragile, life is precious - MAKE IT GREAT :)  

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Charcoal Project

i am sick :(

Hip Hoppin’

Ta daa – the collection is now completed. Of course, minus the casing, didn’t buy the casing; it was bloody expensive :) A short introduction of the models - from left to right >> Ferrari 458 Italia (my favorite), Ferrari 150 Italia, Scuderia Ferrari Truck, Ferrari FXX, Ferrari F40 and finally the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beauty & A Beat

Urbanscapes 2012 – I am so so blessed :) This year is their 10th Anniversary too. It was muddy, sunny, awesome and spectacular. Thank you so much Baby Sis! The tickets for Urbanscapes have been very pricey for the last few years. It used to be free entry, then it starts charging RM30 and lately to RM100++ due to its night concert which features our local indie bands. To get our way in – we have to volunteer our time at the The Star & Leaderonomics ‘Do Good’ Booth. I also have a free 'Do Good' Volunteer t-shirt. What we did that day was basically getting people to sign up with the 'Do Good' portal, snapping polaroid pictures, badges, pamphlets & inflatable pom-pom give-aways. Also bumped into my French ex-colleague from the Marketing Department; Cathy & Rue Bee, both are currently attached with Kaki Seni.

After the volunteering work was done, it was freedom for us and we walk around Padang Astaka – there were so many exciting booths that sell lots of exciting stuffs ranging from retro Astroboy posters, to funky leather handbags, to gorgeous handmade baby hats, to designer stationery products, to cushions, jewellery, stuff toys and much more! Plus there are the multiple home made food, beverages & desserts stalls and charitable organizations kiosks. And then there was the happening crowd – group of yuppies wearing the coolest mis-match clothes of different colors and shades, funky accessories etc.

It was awesome. I get to do good and have fun at the same time :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The How Of Happiness

Liverpool 3 - 2 West Ham :)

Evens & Odds

Legoland Malaysia – the latest & newest theme park from Denmark is finally here. I was there with Faith, Jane & Cindy – mutual friends of Stephanie’s. Indeed, as my circle of friends is getting smaller, it’s indeed the right time to search and mix with new acquaintances :) It’s weird how fate brings people into our lives. Still, the idea of travelling with a bunch of strangers was something I’ve never done before. I was mentally prepared that everyone I meet would be fake, awkward and mean. Just in case :)

It was a good road trip; we put up a 2 nights stay at the Tune Hotel in Danga Bay. Legoland is awesome, but it was very hot & humid. Full of people, long queues everywhere. I guess because it’s a new theme park, the trees; even though they are tall enough, but they were not shady sufficiently. I advise that people should visit Legoland once it’s ready. The hotel is still in construction, the indoor theme park is not completed yet, only the outdoor theme park is ready. Thus, it’s not really worth the money. We were lucky because Faith’s father works in MayBank (one of their co-branding partners) – thus we are entitle to 35% discount where we only pay RM91. I would say that the theme park is very suitable for families with young children. There are so many playgrounds and play areas. For the adults, there are only 2 thrilling roller-coaster rides, a 4D short animation studio and the Lego Mini City. The Legoland was built according to its original concepts of Lego City, Lego Jungle, Lego Castle and Duplo. Which is good because it sticks closely to its origins. However, Lego is also closely associated with Ninjago, Harry Potter, Star Wars but the management didn’t build the attractions surrounding these themes. I know that I will enjoy it very much. Nonetheless, the kid in me enjoys all of the magnetism that it offers :)

It was a simple and easy holiday, but we all had a fantastic time! :) We were also blessed with glorious weather.

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’re been taking – Earl Wilson

The Universe Docs

La Cocina - dinner with Victoria & James. A very nice & cozy place. It was established since 2001 in Subang Jaya. Their paella, tapas and sangria was excellent too. They serve authentic Spanish cuisine. They also have a Wine Bar above the Restaurant. It is well stocked with a wine cellar, whiskies, Cuban cigars, pools, darts & karaoke. Awesome :)

We talked a lot. Mostly surrounding on the latest developments of Aeon Big. The new management has also introduced that every first Monday of the month morning assembly to instill patriotism. The Japanese have been slow & steady. Can see that both Victoria & James are very concern & worried, even though they try not to show it in front of me.

Before I left the French, I have been encouraging Victoria to leave the HouseBrand Department and join Team Baz. Victoria was hired by Snow Petrol to be a buyer, however with a twist of fate; Victoria was landed in another department. I have been encouraging Victoria to take up the vacant Stationery Buyer post or Celtic’s position or to join my team as a Toy Buyer. During that time, I already knew that I wanted to leave, but as I wanted to be a little bit “Yee Hei” and the offers that are pouring in were not my cup of tea – I decide to stay for a little while and help Stewart to organize the team as much as possible. I finished up all of the D33 2012 contact negotiations, the Mid Valley Revamping and the Assortment & Planogram review. All of the major tasks have been completed. Additionally, both William & Henry have also been settling down pretty well. So, my plan was even when I couldn’t get a job, the worst case scenario would be for me to take a 3 months holiday break (I will tender my letter somewhere in June or July and my estimated last day should be somewhere in September) and start all over again in 2013. However, GOD has blessed me very wonderfully indeed because I get to recover fast. Thus, in the midst of it all, I have planned for a succession planning for D33. Even though, there is no new Division Manager for D33, at least all of the buyers are in place and can help Stewart. However, Victoria is still loyal to the HouseBrand label. As for James, having an accounting background will continue to ensure that he will gain employment no matter where he is.

Now, looking at both of them, I feel so blessed and thankful for being alive, for leaving the French earlier and are in the G13 camp. Thank You GOD, Praise To The Lord, Bless You GOD. These 2 individuals are one of those people who have been very supportive in my career and I wish them both all the best. I’m completely open. I’m honest about the journey I’ve been on. As the year ends, I also don’t like to whine about all of the stuff that make us feel frustrated and stressed out because we’ve had our share of good blessings as well and I feel it’s more appropriate to focus on the good stuff moving forward.

The fact that the French is being sold is also not a bad thing as well. Instead of continuing running around like a headless chicken, it is good that stability, a clear direction, precise strategies will finally reign over them. Everyone and everything will be given a new confidence booster.

Come to think of it - the prospect of me heading back there one day – you can never say never :) I’ve had a great time and I think it will always be my home. I’ll always look at it as where I’ve come from and going back there would be nice one day. IF. But I want to go and experience some things for a bit. It’s almost like leaving home and going travelling. But I’m doing it with a different company. I’m really really happy about it. You can’t live with regrets in your life. You have to make a decision and stick with it. Whether it’s right or wrong, you just have to make the most of it, stick to your guns and hope you can turn it around or turn it into a positive :) I've never been more grateful, inspired, nor had more conviction about what I was doing :)

Sunday, December 09, 2012


2012 had it all for the Queen - tradition, modernity, fun and reflection. This mix was a perfect representation of the monarchy as it stands today – younger generations democratizing the institution established by their elders. The London Olympics was a huge success – totally representing the essence & quirks of the English. Just when the year was drawing to a close, William and Kate put the icing on the cake. The couple's news of a royal pregnancy means that 2013, the Queen's 61st year on the throne, promises to continue the jubilation. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year celebrates the best moments that made history – and sealed a legacy.

Pages Of Treasures

I'm going to do more of this - Live Honestly, Love Passionately, Care Endlessly, Speak Kindly :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

smile at the storm

I am 30 years (and 183 days) old today :) Why am I announcing this publicly? Perhaps seeing it in print might help this fact to sink in better :) It’s also a bit of a challenge with the passing of every calendar year to have your brain steadfastly remain in its heady 20s, while your body send you stark reminders of your corporeal shelf life in the form of aches and creaks :)

I want to be very honest about this. In terms of my social life this year, it’s exploding; full of fireworks which I am very happy about because I get to experience, see, feel & touch so many things. It was so good for my senses. It was fresh, exciting, triumphant, big, bold, brave, powerful but also soft, intimate, humble and quiet. I love how it feels, I love how it sounds, it has so many journeys that I will take with it, it is also very experimental. I am really enjoying it :)

Professionally, I was at ease for the first 6 months of the calendar year, even though I was running around like headless chickens with the French. However, for the last 6 months, I am still a little bit uncomfortable with this new change & environment. Maybe it’s because I know that Leonardo still holds a torch for Jonas, everyone in the office is still talking about Jonas, everyone is comparing me with Jonas, everyone is still highlighting the greatness & the masterpieces of Jonas (even though there are wrongs here & there, they will still gladly covering everything up), and then there is the troublemaker Alice; who whispers to fellow suppliers that I have yet to settle down nicely, I have not been performing, I am of no use, hopeless, blur, indecisive, dependent, slow, inefficient, no logic & sense, I am a loner in the office with no friends and I don’t get along well with Leonardo. Thus, because of Alice - everyone thinks that I am not happy. Yes, I am indeed not happy because of the above events. How am I to be happy? At the end of the day, I’m a human being too. And I know that it doesn’t help that I have yet to deliver the numbers to back me up. The BTS season have already started and what pains me the most is that every single division is on an up-trend while I am still registering a deficit :(

Even Stewart also ask me the other day ‘Seriously, are you happy, is Stationery fun for you?’ I too did consider joining back Stewart for a moment there. Stewart feels that I don’t look like a Stationery Buyer :) When I was doing Stationery in M13, I remembered that I was loving it. Now, I find it to be very boring. The French have been bought over by the Japanese. Apparently, everything will be at a status quo until further notice. Thank You GOD, Praise To The Lord, Bless You GOD – Madam Tang & Mr. Shoji; whom I met in December last year during an interview session…unexpectedly, these people remember me and was shock that I have eventually left. And they even ask if I would like to return. Which I am tempted to but not at the moment because things have yet to stabilize at their end. And anyway, no more Buying/Sourcing/Merchandising job for me anymore in the future. It will be Planing/SDD.

Honestly though, I’ve never quite bought into that mentality that one must behave ‘a certain way’ when one has reached ‘a certain age’. If there’s anything my uncertain life has taught me, it’s that I should grab every proverbial bull by the horns and make a nice handbag or two of it. Achieving this state of mind, however, has taken years of learning, as well as unlearning. More so having grown up and lived in a society and during a generation in which ‘what people said – or rather gossiped’ mattered more that ‘what made you content’.

In my realm of growth and moving ahead strategies :) I have decided to add these 4Rs into my life – Rebel, Roam, Release and Revel. To me, Rebel is about doing something contrary to communal expectations. I will continue to do what I think is right. Roam, if you want to or need to and roam around the world for sure. Roaming so far has jolted me out from my comfort zone and opens my eyes to the myriad options that is outside the perimeters of my private tempurung. That is also why I am encouraging myself to grab the opportunities whenever it present itself to see and experience other lifestyles & culture. You’ll either learn something useful and new or appreciate what you already have. Perhaps the biggest area of unlearning for me was to learn to let things go; Release. In my case, a deepening sense of faith has helped tremendously. I was a firebrand in my younger days with a razor sharp tongue to boot. This doesn’t mean that I now have angel wings and a gleaming halo. However, I am learning to accept that sometimes it’s not worth getting your knickers in a tight knot over petty matters and that forgiving quickly saves you stomach ulcers. And I want to Revel with happy thoughts :)

I know that I have been very tired; both physically & mentally. Emotionally too. Starting all over again as the new Division Manager for D33. The whole cleaning up process with William & Henry. Then, it was moving over to G13. Again, starting all over again from the beginning. But I have definitely evolved. I have evolved as a person, I have become clearer about how to express myself and I am in a zone that is much more direct. I have become a better individual. I have become more clear in how to execute my plans and have finally learnt how to give everything.

It is up to the people whether they want to judge their life in a monetary perspective or in a non-monetary perspective. There is no right or wrong. I just tend to evaluate my life on the number of adventures, experiences & senses that I go through and the happy thoughts that I have. I am a nomad; I drift from one place to another.

I try – uncomplicated, every day I gratefully let something go, making space in my life for new ideas & experiences. Every day, I remember the essence of who I am. I believe when you do something with your heart and do it 100%, you have to be proud of yourself & your team and I will try again next year :)

I will not explain every decision that I have make. Let people see & judge for themselves. They can discuss among themselves. They can think what they want. They can say what they want. They can critic what they want. I will do my job and I will let the people to decide it. I do that every day and I do my best every day. I know why I do it.

These experiences made me feel so small, so grateful and so inspired. I felt so alive. So peaceful. So happy with this conclusion :)

Sunday, December 02, 2012

raw & organic

Liverpool edge out Southhampton 1 - 0 :)

California Sky

People behaving badly – occasionally, I am one of them as well :) But I try to be very patient these days if the incidents are reasonable enough.

The past weekends – there are 2 things which have annoyed me.

Firstly, during the Urbanscapes 2012 event, roads were closed, traffic was heavy but there were police traffic officers & RELA members who are physically present; directing the motorist around. It’s a once a year event, it’s not like it’s a daily occurrence. Yet the drivers are so impatient & have no courtesy and they start to honk loud & long. Do they realize that there is an Eye Specialist Hospital around the area? We learn in our Undang-Undang book that we cannot honk in hospital zones as there are patients who are resting for their recovery.

Secondly, then during the Desa Park City Run, as the runners need to cross the streets, the traffic officers stop the cars from driving through. Again, the drivers have to honk loud & long. Where is their patience? They have been pre-informed earlier that a run will take place and there are alternative routes available. I seriously don’t understand why people behave so badly. I get it if they were kids. When I was much younger, I too would whine and curse every time I was inconvenienced. But by the time you start to develop wrinkles in your face and gray in your hair, isn’t it time to be a little more mellow and kind? At our age, haven’t we seen enough in life to know when things are beyond anyone’s control and people are genuinely trying, versus when things are really unreasonable and it’s time to create a big fuss? Or perhaps, for some folks, life is so stressful and they are so high strung that they have no tolerance for hiccups.

Age with grace, humility and kindness. It’s the best way to do it :)

Jolly Sailor Bold

Lunch with Mel Jag, Torres & Miss Klein at Ole-Ole Bali; we had a very delicious Indonesian food. Then it was to Dome…ah, the smell of excellent coffee and the piping hot meals. We cover so many topics – issues that everyone goes through; the process of acquiring our first-to-be property, marriage, spouse & children, work, travelling, political satire, random toilet humor, lots of laughs. It was a relax, be yourself, be happy, be confident and just enjoying the evening kind of mood. These buddies always put a smile on my face. We are happy, relaxed and ready to rock this New Year.

I can’t believe its December already. I’m looking forward to 2013. I hope it will be filled with joy, peace and good health for my family and to everyone out there. May we always have love in our hearts and may we all live our lives well in the year ahead. Let's hug each other more as well. My fitness and energy levels are up, as is my confidence and spirit. I’m feeling so damn fine right now :)

Sunshine & City Lights

Desa Park City Run 2012 – my second run of the year :) Better timing improvement this time around. I did 45 minutes in my first Standard Chartered 5KM run; this time around I manage to do a 40 minutes for the same length. Even though its 5 minutes of time improvement, nonetheless it was a tiny achievement for me. Sometimes, life is about celebrating personal milestones and goals, no matter how big or small they are.

I can feel the excitement and courage of pushing myself mentally and physically. Overcoming my fears, self-doubts and anxieties. Mixed up with feelings of drive, pain, consistency, discipline and euphoria. The journey has been amazing so far! I think I could have done better if James & I were not late. First, we were late. Secondly, the bloody car park was so far from the starting line…so I have already used up at least a quarter of my energy just by walking from the car park to the starting line. I am just glad that I finish the run. It was a mixture of jogging, running, sprinting, brisk walk and walking all roll into one. When you are running, heaving & puffing for air - it was a senseless and terrifying moments of running. Where your brain, heart and breathing all seem to stop. Where you see everything, but don’t process anything. Where you feel like you’re moving in slow motion. But I had a great time :)

Today, I also realized that the best part of my run is the view. Desa Park City is such a beautiful place to live in. The houses are so spacious and nicely design. There are so many greens around, there is the lake & park, the community mall, the gourmet eateries, nice looking people walking their dogs…too bad, it’s an address that I cannot afford in my life time :) During my run – deep down – I think I’m a terrible runner because I’m always looking around. I TOTALLY have no focus! I notice the texture of the grass, the way the light hits the leaves, the shape of the trees & its branches, whether the trees have flowered and what species they are, the birds darting across on my left, the number plate of the van that drove past, what brands of shoes that the majority of people are wearing, their tired faces, mens with their six-packs…it’s visual white noise. But I love it :) After the run, James & I had a big and hearty breakfast of freshly brewed coffee, oily mamak mee goreng and warm toasted bread with kaya :) Ahh, this life is simply amazing :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ride The Rollercoaster

Thank You GOD, Praise To The Lord, Bless You GOD for this Amazing Life, this Amazing Day, this Blessed life, this Blessed day :) For the whole month of October, I was basically missing in action because I was on an adventure. Not as in travelling on the road physically. It was more of a self-audit, self-evaluate, self-review & self-reflect kind of adventures.

Comes every November, as we are approaching towards the end of the year, I think it’s a good time to look back and see the experiences that we have gone through earlier on. I actually re-read my first blog post which I started since 24th September 2005 till the current one. All in all – I have already published a total of 828 blog post. Wow…I think I have been through a very amazing journey :) I see myself getting better and improving in many aspects. I went through so many wonderful experiences. Both good & bad which really enrich my life very well. I remembered that I once blog, that the greatest achievement for me professionally will be getting a promotion at work and which I did in 2010 (from Category Manager to Senior Category Manager), in 2011 (Senior Category Manager to Trainee Division Manager) and in 2012 (Trainee Division Manager to Division Manager). Finally, I think I feel like I have experience it all. Complete the circle.

Secretly, I also have a hidden desire to re-start my second career which I am actively looking for. I want to be more into the design of organizations, its culture, its processes, new ventures, its strategy, marketing and branding. I’m with G13 for 5 months now…I don’t know…somehow, something is lacking. Motivation perhaps? Direction…I’m not so sure anymore…but somehow, I guess things didn’t turn up right or as expected. Nonetheless, as long as I am still sitting behind the desk, I will continue to do my job and serve ever faithfully.

For this Thanksgiving month - I count my blessings that I also have been lucky and blessed in so, so many ways. Health, family, friends, career, life, finances…it’s been an amazing 6 years of blogging life. I am very happy with where I am today, with who I am and with what I have. I am contented because no matter how much we have in life, it’ll never be great till the day we feel we have enough. This is how I break down life. In your teens and 20s, it’s a period of exploration. In your 30s, it’s a period of acquisition where you settle down with a partner, get a car & a house. In your 40s, it’s a period of reflection where you stop and ask yourself ‘how did you get here’? I am glad that I don’t have to reach that age to fully understand and appreciate what life is all about.

Additionally, I am truly appreciative that GOD is there with me. There were so many moments that I fell, so many obstacles to overcome and GOD have helped me to pull through them one after another. Sometimes, whenever I face a problem, I no longer freak out because I know that the problem is solvable. GOD will not rain me with problems that are too big for me to handle. This is what faith can do. No matter what your stand in life is, irrespective of where you are or who you are, a simple step of faith in Jesus Christ can turn your destiny around. I will be still and know you are GOD - You’re altogether Lovely, altogether Worthy, altogether Wonderful to me :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

K-Pop Chuego

Oh, this is so cool…Shell, the Petrol Station is running a promotion…all the customers have to do is to fill up their tank with a single receipt of RM40 and pay another RM12.90 on top to get the above Lego car toy :) It comes with a very nice & attractive packaging, colored manual instructions and they are made of good quality as well. These cars can actually speed :) The above are the 458 Italia model and Ferrari 150 Italia model. What a catchy & brilliant marketing strategy and co-branding tie-up - LEGO-Shell-Ferrari. Genius! These Lego set can keep me amused for hours.

Monday, November 19, 2012

I Knew You Were Trouble

Let’s stick to Water Gun and Laser Tag :) That’s what I told my Baby Sis…we went and play PaintBall at the Shah Alam Extreme Park! First time experience – totally brutal. Got some sharp shooters in the opponent team and I’ve got shot. Badly. There is a total of 6 very big and painful bruises. 2 on my arms and another 3 more were on my hip & thigh. The worst is on my right forearm. It was a close range. My skin got burn slightly. I really cacatkan my right hand :( I guess I was pretty bad both in attack & defence. I can’t wear any sleeveless or short sleeve tops at the moment. Scared that it will scare people away. Every night, I have to urut the bruises with Minyak Panas Cap Kapak :) No doubt, it was exhilarating with all of the mud & shooting!

Ming On The Red Room

She's just a girl and she's on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway
She's living in a world and it's on fire
Fill with catastrophe, but she know she can fly away
Oh, she got both feet on the ground
And she's burning it down
Oh, she got her head in the clouds
And she's not backing down

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire

Looks like a girl but she's a flame
So bright she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you'll never forget her name
She's on top of the world
Hottest of the hottest girls say
Oh, we got our feet on the ground
And we're burning it down
Oh, got our head in the clouds
And we're not coming down

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire

Everybody stands as she goes by
Cause they can see the flame that's in her eyes
Watch her when she's lighting up the night
Nobody knows that she's a lonely girl
And it's a lonely world
But she gon' let it burn baby burn baby

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire
Oh, oh, oh...
She's just a girl, and she's on fire

-Alicia Keys: Girl On Fire-

No matter what they say, what they have commented, what they have critic about me – I am very determine. I will pick myself up again. Like I always have. I will have the courage to say I will try again tomorrow. I will improve. I don’t know if I am walking in the shadow of Jonas but I genuinely want to work as hard as Jonas has. That’s the least I can do. I guess I was so desperate to deliver, to perform, to be perfect for Leonardo…that I ended getting so stressed up and slipping into my bad habits and that wasn’t good for me. I didn’t want to admit I was struggling and unable to cope because I thought that would mean I’d failed. That really has such a bad effect on me and making me so miserable. However, thank GOD – positivity has sets in – and right now there's nothing serious :) GOD, thank you so much for always believing in me, working on me and never let me down.

'I pray a lot. I believe in GOD. I try to be a good man so he can have a bit of time to give me a hand when I need it’ – Jose Mourinho

A Moment Like This

The Church recently held their annual VBS (Vocational Bible School). The team has decided to go with the theme of 'Big Heart Farms: Where God’s Fruit Grows'. Thus, the Sanctuary was transform into a very cute farm. There was the numerous fruit stalls (with real fruits being on display), a watermelon patch, a small pond with ducks swimming in it, a watering hole for the snacks area and many more. It was awesome.

I took up the teaching role. Yeah, I know…it was suicidal :) I also don’t know why I did it in the first place. I have to teach 2 types of fruits – Kindness and Patient. I think I didn’t do very well on my first day. I find my lesson a bit boring and was not catchy enough. On the second day, thanks to Baby Sis's idea – I think the Juniors did enjoy it. Scrambling jigsaw puzzles. Seriously, this teaching thingy is really not my cup of tea. But I am very proud that I actually did give it a try. Perhaps, it’s a confidence thing. Maybe I am lack of it. Or maybe the heart was not into it, thus the laziness & lack of creativity and research arrises. Thank GOD, I still manage to pull through :) Well, for now; I am happy to just show my face around, say Hi Hi & Bye Bye and assisting Baby Sis in her class :)

Diamonds In The Skies

My beloved Grandmother has passed away last month. After a year of suffering (both stroke & immobility), I am glad that the Lord has taken her away and place her in a better & safer place. The funeral was simple and the people (relatives, friends & church members) have been very wonderful & helpful to us and praying for us continually. I am both saddened and inspired all at the same time.

Sadden because I no longer have any grandparent with me anymore. Inspired...because I am trying to bring my parents back together. Nope, my parents are not divorce, but somehow they always bicker with each other every day; over small, tiny & irrelevant things. My mom is not that articulate, thus she is not very good at expressing herself or bringing her points across while my dad’s ego is so huge and refuse to admit that he is wrong. So I want to remind them of each of their positivity, their strength and those good old days that they spent together. They are no longer young anymore; I think it’s time for them to be grateful that they still have each other, to be gracious & tolerant with each other and to forgive each other :) The walls of our immediate family are very important.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Forensic Science

Liverpool 3 – 0 Wigan :)
Good goals from Luis Suarez (a brace) and Jose Enrique. It was an afternoon game full of promising performances and an energetic attacking play in a rare but hugely deserved home victory.

Life Of Omissions

I bought a new pair of Nike shoe. Good bargain too. I love the orange color shoelaces. It's loud & gallant :) The recently ended Al-Ikhsan Jumbo Sale at Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam was timely as well as I really needed a new pair of sneakers as my current 2 pairs are quite worn out. Unfortunately, the monsoon season is here…it’s raining all the time…well; have to show them off some other time :)

Cool Guys & Ramen Soup

Pasta Zamai - dinner with Snow Petrol, Singrid, Tyan and Edward. Thanks to Edward who organized this small gathering :) I like Pasta Zamai very much - its uber-cool, city-like, unfussy, cheap and cheerful Japanese restaurant, with cuisine based on my favorite mixed-up of Western pasta and Japanese recipes.

We have such a great time together. All of us have left the French except for Tyan. Edward is into the health business on a freelance basis and Edward is indeed looking good & fit. Snow Petrol went back to the real estate business, Singrid is attached with Speedo. Everyone is doing good. Everyone is juggling, staying active and busy. I like the intimacy that we share that night. In terms of our temperaments and personalities, I believe we’re very different. However, we hardly have any disagreements. We just seem to align so perfectly with each other in all aspects - the relationship, the companionship, the everything…well, it’s just so easy. I’m very at ease and I like it :)

Wax & Wane

Wopex Challenge 2012, 1 Utama New Wing – I didn’t know that Stationery can be so cool. Seriously, I’m an outdoor type of person and my personality is more of a people-person, bubbly, cheerful, child-like and positive. Of course, at times I can be very moody, withdrawn, irritable and devilish :) Therefore, for me Stationery is something that is very routine & stagnant. Handling the Bicycle, Camping, Sports & Nautism categories was great as it suited my outdoor nature. Live Plants & Live Pets were so-so; nonetheless I did enjoy it because out of curiosity and believing that this is the new industry to be in. Furniture was cool too because of the colors, designs & structure. But I love Toys & Luggage department the most because these 2 categories are full of animation and they are so alive. Even though, they are troublesome at times because we always have to follow the trends and these trends keep on changing non-stop which is hard at times to catch up with but this is the upside to it as well because we will always be a part of the new evolution & revolution. It’s never dull. However, I find Stationery to be too static. At times, I get bored behind my desk.

So when Staedtler organize this new activity to get more people to see that a pencil is just not a pencil and is not so boring after all and it’s actually so rich in history, functionality and can be cool too…I went Wham! This idea is so fresh and I have to salute Staedtler for its boldness. They acted independently on how to go about things differently. Some of the activities that they organized was the Wopex Studio (where you get to sample, purchase & experience the latest technology in pencil making), a station for people looking for skate & street stuffs, live sketch demo & graffiti art on a skateboard deck, Wopex doodling corner and they even include the latest craze - finger-boarding. And how these are all related? Well, the Wopex new collection is functional and good enough for sketches and graffiti art, an art form that is currently in the heart of the many urban youth now. They have beat box performance, cheerleading squad, shuffling & street dance, sumo wrestling and many more. Usually, Stationery fairs are very uninteresting – the most common are coloring contest, free pens, ergonomic pens etc. This is really out of this world. A very good first step. I am very sure that Friedrich Staedtler will be very proud of this work :)

Re-boot the Mission

The other day, I had dinner with a very dear old friend of mine – Nithia at TGIF, Subang :) a friend whom I know during my primary & secondary school days. This is our first meeting up with each other after graduating from high school. Oh my gosh, its nearly 13 years…oh my. The one great thing is that we can pick up from where we have left and continue the flow from there. I thought we will actually be tongue-tied because it has been such a long long time. We have both mature, no longer teenagers but grown-ups now. Our interest, opinions, perceptions, attitudes, choices may have been vary. To our surprises, there was no moment of awkwardness at all. Even though there were differences, we manage to find a common ground. And that is good :) Nithia’s patience, kindness and good humor makes her not just a great person but a great friend as well. But one thing I've always appreciated is her frankness and honesty. In life, you need people to tell you what you need to hear and not just what you want to hear. Thanks for being one of those people, Nithia. Yes, we indeed need to try to do this more often as possible and with more people from our past :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

When Lanes Merge

Danga Bay - it was sunset by the sea. We (Faith, Jane & myself) stay at the nearby Tune Hotel. Drop by at Danga Bay for our dinner. Gorgeous view isn’t it? The sun slowly sets. The colors of the world below started to fade from all of the different shades to grey. I loved watching the sun sets. I absolutely love the quiet and the stillness of the sea. It was grand, spectacular and quite romantic. I will miss this :)

Miss Ripley

Welcome to i-City :)

I truly think that i-City is a very cool place and I am very proud that Shah Alam has such a fun & exciting theme park to offer to its local residents and for community building purposes, even though it is highly commercialized right now. It is alright to make money because after all, the company needs the cash flow to finance such a big investment and being sustainable in the long run. It's just that Shah Alam is no longer a boring place after all compare to its counter part of the more exciting and vibrant Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Damansara and KL. The opportunity to drop by was when my fifth & youngest aunt was in town for a visit, so Baby Sis & I rope in our mom to join us too.

i-City is a 72 acres ICT-based urban development beside the Federal Highway in Section 7, Shah Alam. Master planned by the world-renowned and award-winning architect Jon A Jerde, i-City was designed as a fully integrated intelligent city, comprising corporate, leisure and residential components such as a 1.0 million sq. ft. regional shopping mall, office towers, Cybercentre office suites, hotels, apartments, data centers and innovation centre. i-City is a MSC Malaysia Cybercentre where knowledge-based companies with MSC Malaysia status can enjoy the various incentives offered under the MSC Malaysia Bills of Guarantee. It has also been endorsed as a Tourism Destination by the Ministry of Tourism and declared as an International Park by the Selangor State Government where entertainment and other cosmopolitan lifestyle outlets are permitted to operate on a 24 X 7 basis. With 13 million sq ft of approved built-up and a Gross Development Value of RM 3 billion, this gated and guarded development is today recognized as a catalyst in the transformation of Shah Alam into an International City. Although to date, only 20% of the land area has been developed, i-City is already an established MSC Malaysia Cybercentre as well as a leisure hub in Shah Alam attracting 90,000 visitors a week to experience its LED lightscape, Snowalk as well as the various themed attractions. And their latest superstar for this year school holidays is their Tornado of their newly-built water world.

i-City is a one-of-a-kind theme-park where all of the main attractions are made of plastic and millions of bright LED lights. Similar to Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch, during the day, i-City’s artificial forest of maple and pine trees really comes to life at night. Made out of plastic and fitted with colorful LEDs, they put on a light show unlike any other. It’s also a photographer’s heaven to shoot those lovely bright sparkles. Inaugurated in early 2010, Shah Alam’s i-City has already become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia. From rows upon rows of LED-made Chinese lanterns, to LED peacocks, flamingos and LED cherry blossoms, i-City offers a variety of unique sights that are sure to amaze anyone who visits here. SnoWalk is also another 50,000 sq ft Arctic environment attraction with 100 tons of ice sculptures that were shaped by a team of 30 ice sculptors from Harbin, China. At below 5 degrees Celsius temperature and 100mm of snow on the ground, SnoWalk will be a unique family leisure attraction and the snowfall experience will be the 'piece de resistance' of SnoWalk.

I simply love those colorful LED lights :) It was exquisite. It was astonishing. I gasped :) These concepts are also not new. China has plenty of this. As a matter of fact, Guilin is also famous for this but it was in a cave setting. I prefer these outdoor setting better – unintimidating and free :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Swedish House Mafia

Liverpool 1 - 1 Chelsea :(
This is Liverpool's sixth draw. The reality is The Reds are a long way off in the league. They need new players to turn draws into wins. If they don't have that, they have to grow their own. We are way off the mark.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

At Home With Love

Look what I found in Legoland Malaysia – Darth Vader, C3PO and R2D2 – Awesome :) The pictures were actually printed on a t-shirt, so I whipped out my camera and curi-curi take the pictures :) Luckily, the staffs at the The Big Shop didn’t comprehend me. Naughty me :) But it’s a very nice print though isn't it?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Feminine Masculinity

Yes, I’m back to blogging again :) Where have I been for the past 1 month? Well, I have been on an adventure – which I will blog later. For now, it’s Hello November :)

This post will be about my day trip to Kuala Terengganu. I wish I was there on a holiday trip; unfortunately it was another store visit with the team. We went there on a Thursday which is equivalent to a Friday atmosphere in KL. The people rest on Friday and Saturday and starts work on a Sunday. Their system works that way. It’s a very quiet town compare to KL, you don’t see seas of people around, the shops are slightly smaller too but what I like most is the beautiful beach scenery. As the chartered taxi driver drives us around from one store to another store, we pass by the coastal area and the big wide beach was just lying in front of us. It was simply majestic :) How I wish at that moment of time, I was lying in a hammock, reading a good book, jazz music playing in the background and chilling out with a cold beer :) Along the dotted beach line, there were heaps of home stay chalets available too. The beach is itself a statement of distinction and character :) Nope, I didn’t ask the taxi driver to stop to allow me to take the picture of the beach. What would Leonardo think of me?! Leonardo has probably found out that I am the most childish buyer around :) So, as usual – I took the aerial view pictures :)

The Hero from Shanghai

Attended Eloise & Jeffrey’s wedding at the Dragon Garden Seafoods Restaurant in Klang, together with Seth. To our disappointment – none of our fellow former M13 comrades (Boss, Juan, Aurora, Tommy, Nikolai, Stavros) turn up to show support to Eloise on this big day. Another colleague who turns up was Ann. Where is the Semangat Ke-kawanan? Eloise’s working days with M13 was not that long but Eloise was someone that we used to always hang out together, go for Karaoke sessions together, help each other out and telling each other stupid jokes :) In the end, it was a beautiful wedding for this beautiful couple and the food was just simply scrumptious. It was also nice catching up with Seth. It has been impossible in the past few years to have a get together, glad that this time we did :)

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Return of the vanquished

Carrefour sells Malaysia unit to Japan's Aeon.

PARIS, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Carrefour said on Wednesday that it made final the sale of its operations in Malaysia for an enterprise value -- including equity and debt -- of 250 million euros ($323.95 million) to Aeon, Japan's No. 1 supermarket operator. The sale -- effective on Wednesday - is the latest notched up by recently installed chief executive, Georges Plassat, who is seeking to refocus the world's No. 2 retailer on its key markets and cut its debt after years of underperformance. Carrefour is the fourth-largest retailer in Malaysia with 26 hypermarkets, which brought in 400 million euros in revenue in the 12 months to June 30. "The transaction is part of Carrefour's strategy of refocusing on its core activities and allocating its resources to mature countries where it occupies strong and established positions and emerging markets where it has strong growth potential," the company said in a statement. Aeon, Japan's top supermarket operator, which began as a Kimono store in the late 1700s, is looking for overseas profit drivers as its business at home is hurt by a fall in consumer spending, a shrinking population and persistent profit-sapping deflation. Carrefour recently agreed to sell its stores in Colombia to Chile's Cencosud for $2.6 billion. It also plans to shut its Singapore unit by year-end and pulled out of recession-hit Greece in July amid falling sales. Carrefour, which set up its Malaysian operations in 1994, recorded net sales of 400mil over a 12-month period to June 30, 2012. Aeon was established in 1984 in Malaysia. With 29 stores, Carrefour said Aeon was acquiring a leading position in this market. To recap, the Carrefour Group is the largest retailer in Europe, and the second largest worldwide, with more than 9,900 stores under banner in 30 countries and 412,000 employees. It has more than three billion cash transactions per year. AEON Co., Ltd. is the largest retailer in Japan, operating 540 general merchandise stores and 1,502 supermarkets in Japan, and 113 stores outside its domestic market as of end of August 2012. Plassat has made clear Carrefour will stay in Brazil and China, but analysts expect disposals in Indonesia, Turkey, Romania and Taiwan, with proceeds of between 1 billion and 3 billion euros. The Malaysia unit sale talks were first reported by Reuters in September.

3 Years & 10 Months - I am very sad that the journey ends here, it ends today. I will always remember this place.