Thursday, September 09, 2010

This time around last year

In preparation for Christmas (it's never too early to get into the holiday mood), I have decided to set myself a number of resolutions. The aim is to start working on them now and reward myself with pretty shoes if I've achieved any of them.

Well I never saw it coming,

I resolve to forgive:
1) the person who has given me grief and made my life miserable
2) the person who has been dishonest with me
3) the person who has taken me for granted and made me feel small
4) the person who has cheated me of my loyalty and goodwill
5) the person who has stripped me of expectations from empty promises

I should have started running a long, long time ago

Goodbye shoes. There's no way I'm gonna have you for Christmas.

Lord have mercy on this willful creature for wanting to hold on to these feelings of malice and resentment just a while longer.

Now I'm picking up the pieces,
spending all of these years putting my heart back together.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

because i am too lazy to write a long post

g as e says:
u look like those auntie who complains alot about buying a vegetable which has half a leaf less than usual. then gossips to the entire apartment for the next 2 weeks about it

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stepping out

Phew~ interview period is ovahhh! On Monday and Tuesday I attended job interviews with 2 law firms (the third firm I applied to has yet to set an interview date with me so I think I will just have to let it go). They both gave me the green light and now all that's left for me to do is to make a choice. Soon it will be sayonara my student/jobless bum days... I shall miss you but we all need to grow up don't we?

I also have to think about when I want to start work. One firm is letting me start as soon as next week, but I'm wondering whether I should defer it to next month so that I can do just a little bit more work on my LLM? I am a tad worried about how work is going to affect writing my thesis, but my cute mum says I just have to be consistent and do a little everyday and before I know it that 15-20k word mark will be met. Sounds easy right? But it is not! I realise of late that I am having mucho trouble reading articles off my laptop. If I spend long hours reading off the screen, I tend to get tired faster and sleep extra long at night. I've already reduced the brightness of the screen but it hasn't made much of a difference. HOWWW LAAHH.

Later this evening I am gonna go shopping with my mum for work clothes. Whee, so exciting! I gave away alot of clothes recently cos I felt that they didn't work with my new "yuppie-to-be" image. Haha! I wonder if it's considered unprofessional in the legal world to blog about your life? I've read loads of magazine entries that tell you to be a little wary about how much you share and the things you say cos you never know when your boss might stumble upon your blog. But I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. For now, I'm just happy I get to go shopping later and not pay out of my own pocket (YET)!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009


Email from my dad. HIGHlarious!

A little humor with a good moral.

The Pastor's Ass

The pastor entered his donkey in a race and,
it won.

The pastor was so pleased with the donkey
that he entered it in the race again,

and it won again.

The local paper read:


The Bishop was so upset with this kind of
publicity that he ordered the
Pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.

The next day, the local paper headline read:


This was too much for the bishop, so he
ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey.

The pastor decided to give it to a nun

in a nearby convent.

The local paper, hearing of the news, posted
The following headline the next day:


The bishop fainted.

He informed the nun that she would have to
get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.

The next day the paper read:


This was too much for the bishop, so he
ordered the nun to buy back the
donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.

The next day the headlines read:


The bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is . . .

Being concerned about public opinion can bring you

much grief and misery, & even shorten your Life.

So be yourself and enjoy life.

Stop worrying about everyone else's ass and
you'll be a lot happier and live longer!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


[source: the Star online]

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Wednesday Sept 23, 2009

No intention to patent local food, Dr Ng says


Malaysia does not intend to patent local food but wants its citizens to know their origins, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.

She expressed surprise over responses on her statement on local food and Malaysia’s intention to lay claim to several dishes, which were synonymous with the country’s identity and ideal as a tourism product.

“Neither did I say that no other countries can cook such food. We are not trying to compare with other countries,” she told a press conference on Wednesday.

“Malaysians must know about the origin of their food. We want them to start thinking about their food when they eat them. We also want them to improve on their dishes and be more creative.”

Dr Ng’s recent statement that nasi lemak, laksa, bak kut teh, chilli crab and Hainanese chicken rice are Malaysian dishes had sparked off a "food fight" on the Internet, including from some unhappy Singaporeans who insisted that chilli crab and the chicken rice were theirs.

Dr Ng said a study on the origins of foods in the country would be conducted and an apology conveyed if it was wrongly claimed.

“At the end of the day, tourists will go to where the food is tastiest,” she added.

The National Heritage website, has 100 types of food and drinks listed under its food heritage list.

These include nasi lemak, laksa, chilli crab and Penang char kuay teow.

Citing an example, Dr Ng said bak kut teh -- which is Hokkien for meat bone tea -- originated from Klang in the 1930s by a Chinese sinseh.

“Ba kut teh can be chicken or any meat because it is meat bone,” she said.

Local dishes, she said, could be part of the Malaysian tourism product branding as many were already in the heritage food list.

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Singapore attained independence some years later than us so isn't it possible that we might have the upper hand here? And what happens if a dish was created by a (now) Singaporean who was Malaysian in 1957 but then jumped ship and took up Singaporean citizenship in 1965?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Whose food is it anyway?

[source: the Star online]

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Thursday Sept 17, 2009

Laksa and nasi lemak among our pride, says Yen Yen


KUALA LUMPUR: Laksa, nasi lemak and bak kut teh — these are some of the food Malaysia will lay claim to.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said there were many dishes synonymous with Malaysia’s identity but they had been “hijacked” by other countries.

“We cannot continue to let other countries hijack our food. Chilli crab is Malaysian. Hainanese chicken rice is Malaysian. We have to lay claim to our food,” she told reporters after launching the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival yesterday.

The festival, which runs throughout October, is part of the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia campaign. November’s part of the campaign will centre around shopping mall food, while street and heritage food will be the highlight in December.

“In the three months, we will identify certain key dishes (to declare as Malaysian). We have identified laksa ... all types of laksa, nasi lemak and bak kut teh,” she said.

When asked how the ministry would go about labelling the dishes Malaysian after identifying them, Dr Ng said she would reveal her strategy at a later stage.

“That is Part Two. We cannot reveal it yet, but we will let you know soon,” she said.

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It's bad enough that the Indonesians don't like us, now the government wants to pick a fight with Singapore too? I may not love everything that is "Uniquely Singapore" but staking claims on food is downright ridiculous. We're happy to share our history with Singapee, Indon, Brunei and everyone else in the good ol' South of the E to the A for Asia (it's all about the gangsta yuuhhh!!!), so what's wrong with extending it to cuisine? You know what else, the Malay Mail asked a couple of people what they thought about Datuk Ng Yen Yen's suggestion and 80% of them were like HELL YEAH we should protect our food!!!!!!! Seriously, I just cannot see the point in giving certain dishes a Malaysian stamp of authenticity. It's not like it's going to boost tourism or improve the living standards of the community or reduce crime or extinguish political corruption. Besides, Hainanese chicken rice was brought in by the (China) Chinese so how can we call it our own? In any case the government had better not declare chicken rice to be a national dish. That would just put us to shame cos I can guaran-damn-tee you that Singapore has the best chicken rice this side of the South China Sea.

B is for Bak kut teh [image source: wikipedia]

Thank you my forefathers for bringing this humble dish to our shores. I am eternally grateful.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A prayer by Thomas Merton

I first saw this in a booklet celebrating the ordination of a priest in Eugene's church. It was really beautiful. So heartfelt. It truly encompasses the feelings I hold about this great journey called life.

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,

you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always,
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

-- Thomas Merton (1915-1968), "Thoughts in Solitude"