Thursday, September 25, 2014

Expectations

It's never easy to meet expectations. Especially from loved ones. If I am capable, I would have done it. I have given my best yet my best seems to be below par. I feel tired. Tired from all the responsibilities. Yet, I can't run away. Just living each day trying to meet what everyone expects. In work, at home, in life. Sigh, life is cruel.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Love & hate relationship

I have a love and hate relationship....with packing.

As much as I love travelling, I hate packing and worse still, the unpacking bits of it. If you think it gets easier the more you travel, you are wrong...It might be faster to pack but it is never easier.

I noticed that I mostly pack the same stuff to travel most of the time. Same set of clothes, same toiletries, shoes...Maybe I am used to it and it's no-brainer that they served their function well in the previous trips.

I do have a checklist every time to make sure I don't miss out anything. It makes packing a lot easier also. I thought I am a travel-light person but when I looking at the list of 88 items to bring, I guess I am not that "light" at all.

On a side note, I haven't tried rolling my clothes before (to save space apparently) as per advised. Maybe I should try it this time.

For you travellers out there, here is a video on packing wisely.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Early bird

I am an early bird. I rise and shine early. I sleep early.
They say, early bird gets the worm. I do agree.
Normal working days, I am usually the first one to get in the office on my floor. I skip the traffic. I can catch the beautiful morning sky from my office while sipping a good cuppa.
I enjoy the quiet time before people starts trickling in. I can plan my day ahead during this time when my head is still clear. I spent the morning clearing my emails so they don't get in the way.
Out of curiosity, I googled the benefits of an early bird.

Taken from here.

  1. God. The best time to spend with God and listen to the holy spirit is right away in the morning. It’s quiet, you’re by yourself, and God is speaking to you. God always told Moses, “Get up early.”
  2. Productivity. Often times the lack of productivity is caused by poor planning. When you wake up late you’re already scattered, in a hurry, and out the door without a good plan for the day. People who wake up early and build a plan for the day are typically more productive.
  3. Health. Grandma always said, “Early to bed and early to rise: Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Also, with good health comes good energy.
  4. Family. If you get up late you probably come home late. How does this affect your family? Are you having dinner with your family and spending time with them, or are you coming home at 8,9,10 o’clock at night. How can you value family when you’re not making time for them?
  5. Wisdom. Getting up early is something not only my dad challenged me to do growing up, but my mentors preach it all the time. They say, “When you get up early and reflect, pray, and get your head in the game, it helps to build wisdom by spending time and knowing yourself well.
I do agree with some of the points.

I do envy the night owls at times. I salute them for being able to stay active late into the night. My mind has an automatic switch that turns into sleep mode or totally turn off when it reaches certain timing. Of course, I can force myself beyond those hours but the next morning won't be too pretty (aka zombie-fied).

So, what are you? Night owl or early bird?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Star lover

Any of you k-drama fans would know from the title what I am going to ramble about in this post.
Yeah, the recent hit drama - My Lover from the Star.
When I started watching couple of months back, I didn't find it very addictive and interesting. Story line is a bit slow in the beginning. I don't really fancy the lead characters too. Personally, I think Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Soo-hyun is not so matching in a way. She looks more mature than him (and I still think so)...
I started watching again after pausing midway and now, I am addicted. I even cried on some scenes...
The message that hit me most is - we must treasure every moment as if it's our last. It's heartbreaking to know someone you loved dearly is going to away and never coming back. The feeling, emotions and action is very hard to control at times no matter how hard we try.
What would you do if you are in their situation when you know that the fairy tale will end very soon? Will you still choose to love fully even if it is for one month or harden your heart so you will not get hurt in the end? Is it better to have loved with all your heart or nothing at all? 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Food review:Grand Harbour, Mid Valley

What better way to revive a dying blog with pictures of good food?
I am not a big fan of dim sum but it's those must-have food once in a while. After hearing much about Grand Harbour, we decided to give it a try.
1) Egg tarts
Dad's fave snack. he usually has a high expectation of egg tarts and he gives thumbs up for this.

2) Roast platter
Nice but a bit too pricey though. The charsiew is well marinated and slightly burnt on the skin which is the way all charsiew should be.

3) Porridge
I love this as the porridge is smooth and extra point for the raw egg!

4) Steamed Glutinous Rice
Flavourful, sticky and soft, just the way I like it.

5) Piggy-shaped buns
I didn't get to taste this but the nephew loves it. With lotus paste as filling.

6) Fried Radish Cake
Love this with lots of bean sprouts. The radish cake itself is savoury and when fried with a good 'wok hei', brings out the frangrance of it. Needless to say, we ordered a second plate.

7) Steamed beancurd skin with abalone sauce
Tasted really good. Not too salty and the sauce goes very well with the bean curd.

8) Wor tip
Nice presentation but tasted meh....

9) Siu Mai/fish balls/har gao/ fried yam ball



Must have at dim sum. Each dish is big, juicy. Double thumbs up.

Overall, satisfying breakfast!

Grand Harbour Restaurant
GE-017, Ground External Floor,
Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2283 3398
Fax: 03-2283 4888

Saturday, July 12, 2014

All Of Me - John Legend & Lindsey Stirling





Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Wedding That Will Move You



I think this is very touching and it deserves a post here.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Pay to suffer..

I don't know what triggered me but I guess I wanted to do something outrageous again after a long hiatus.
Not really outrageous outrageous, but then again, it's something you will not do often.
So I registered myself for KL Towerthon....
I basically have zero training and zero stamina nowadays. Really wanted to build it up again but so hard to find time (excuses)...
It was really tough for me this time. I don't remember it was that bad previous three times. I stopped to rest more, a lot more. At one point, I can feel my heart beating so fast, it feels like it's going to jump out anytime. It took me twice the time I took the last time to reach the finishing point.
So, I guess it will be my last Towerthon.
And my dream of running a marathon is....further and further away...*sobs*
On a lighter note, really like The Oatmeal...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

It's been a few months since the day you were admitted to the hospital. I still remember those few long days spent in the hospital with you. You had all of us worried sick.
We are grateful that you managed to overcome it. Though you are not as strong as before, I do hope that you will try to be stronger. It may not be an easy journey ahead.
Day by day, I can see how fragile you've become. I remember you used to carry the fat me when I was a kid. You can stay out in the hot sun at the backyard half the day doing gardening . You can walk multiple times to the market and not get tired.
I know I am hoping too much for things to be the way they used to be. Now, I just want you to be happy and pain free. We will all be beside you, always.

Happy Father's day, Dad.