Friday, August 28, 2009

A Tale of Four Kitties

Yes, perhaps I should start at the beginning...

When Manja left us in December last year, we were all pretty distraught for a while. But our place felt lonely without a pet. It was the longest period of time when I do not have any pet to care for. It felt weird.

Especially when I don't see anyone waiting by the door when I came back from work or any where, really. Or nothing furry to cuddle with when I'm watching TV or reading a book.

DH made a promised to himself to never get another pet, because to him, nobody can replace Manja. But I was getting a little bit paranoid about 'unseen things'.

You see, whenever I have a cat (or cats ~once I have 13 of them!) around me, I always felt safe. It was a silly notion because Manja was not a dog that can safeguard me if there was ever an intruder (God forbid). But I firmly believe she can protect me from unwelcomed 'guests' i.e. spirits and ghosts.

And it didn't help when I started seeing Mira talking to somebody after Manja left. Really, it was spooky. When I asked her who she was talking to, she look at a point behind me, smile and said 'Shhhh...'. Macam mana mak tak kalut?

Usually, I'll just leave her alone at home with Manja while I run downstairs to the trash, but since then, not anymore.

I decided that it was time to get a new pet. And because we were still mourning over our loss, and watching Bedtime Story didn't really help either, I bought a guinea pig.

A couple of days later, I saw an ad in the newspaper about SPCA adoption drive on City day. I took Mira to SPCA Ampang that day. My initial reason was to show Mira where Manja came from as well as to visit the cats pen and to give a contribution.

We ended up adopting one. My heart melted when the volunteer told me she's been there the longest and nobody seem to want her because of her ugly colouring.

Her name was Mara but we changed it to Specky.

At that same time, there was this small black stray kitten playing about at our building lobby when we got back with Specky. Mira went near it and the kitten followed her into the lift and into our home.

He's been with us since. Lol.

I wanted to call him Horus but Mira kept calling him Mort. So I officially named him Lord Voldemort and picked Halloween day as his birthday after the vet guessed him to be about four months old back then.

We planned to neuter him when he's between six to eight months old. Tapi sempat tak? Nan ado uols.

Specky got pregnant and two months later, nah kau! four black kittens. No prize for guessing who's the father :p

Specky, when I adopted her, was said to have already been spayed. She did show the usual symptoms when she was on heat, but it came and went. I assumed she could be imagining it or something.

When we found out she's pregnant, I entertained the idea of sending her back to SPCA. But my conscience held me back.

But then again, we live in an apartment. Having two cats was stretching our personal limit, one being ideal. That's why we only have one cat for years.

We don't know what to do with them at the moment.

It'd be cool though to have 5 black cats in the house. People may think I'm a witch! ;)


Thursday, August 27, 2009

This one seems to bring out bizarrely strong reactions in our kind.

Goodness, I cannot get this out of my head! Now I shall let you have the same effect. Lol.

Wae oh wah oh wah oh
Wae oh wah oh wah oh

Choco I miss you
Miss you dancing with me
Everyday-e-yeh! Yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh

Choco when undercover
You give me flower when away
Everyday-e-yeh! Yeh yeh!

Let me say! .... Let me say!

Mrasa lah! Haha.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.

I love playing with quotes by using them as titles to my entries, if you haven't already notice. There are some that I got from the Quotation Page, some from books or from my favourite fictional characters and sometime from a song.

For example, today's quote was brought to you by the letter E taken from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. It was spoken by Louis (the vampire portrayed by Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire - not this pic, though).

I so love him in Legends of the Fall (as seen here). Le sigh.

There was a time when I use a word as a title and it would coincide with the blog entry. At least I learn a new word a day lah. Lol.

Anyway, yesterday after work I went straight to the supermarket as planned. I left at 5 sharp, gedebuk gedebak, I reached home half past six. Of course, my dish couldn't be ready in time for break fast.

But here it is. Nasi lemak simple with fried chicken Cukup Rasa. Haha. The sambal was really nice, though.

But, something I learned -- Cukup Rasa should not be used like your usual spices, because fact is, it is not. It's more like a replacement for salt and seasoning. I used it to fry the chicken and my goodness! It was too salty for my liking. Huhu.

So next time I'll just use the usual tumeric powder with a bit of Cukup Rasa, tqvm.

I haven't prepared my dessert, however. By the time I've finished cooking, penat tak ingat la kan.

Today we'll probably have a bit of Bubur Lambuk for iftar. I heard someone in this office is planning to get a few packet for us from Kg Baru. Woohoo! Mak rindu bubur lambuk Kg Baru uols.

Thus, I shall just prepare a quick pasta dish for our main course with the help from Prego :p

For weeks now I've been watching tv series that, usually, I won't be bothered with. Suddenly I'm following shows such as ANTM, Project Runway and Gossip Girl for instance.

I used to, by way of looking-and-picking, like Nate Archibald cause he's pretty to look at. But I think I like Dan Humphrey better now. He seem normal compared to the others. Lol.

And I can't decide who is bitchier -- Serena or Blair... or Chuck Bass? Haha!

You know you love me ;)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When they say every flavor, they mean every flavour!

I have decided to prepare Nasi Lemak for breaking fast today. Later after work I'll drop by the Supermarket to get some provisions - like onions, garlic, old ginger, pandan leaves perhaps, some anchovies and cucumber.

I also hope they have either Cukup Rasa or Pasti Sedap, for I want to try to fry chicken with it. And also Maggi's Perencah Nasi Beriyani kot-kot nak buat pulak one of these days kan. Hehe.

I'm resorting to cooking the dishes myself (as usual) because the Pasar Ramadan near where I live are rather 'blah'. The selection for desserts were uninteresting whereas the dishes looked unappetizing.

Like yesterday, I bought us grilled fish. Tasted as if it was fried instead :p

What's for dessert? I think I shall follow my own suggestion to Wawa -- simple jelly with fruit cocktail (or french vanilla ice cream?)! Lol.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Sweetheart, I don't do shorts.

TV3's so cruel! They have changed Sunday night's slots but never informed me (berlagak!). WTH lah kan.

For two weeks already they showed these two different dramas (sempena Ramadan, probably) with Umie and Fahrin as husband and wife.

Last Monday I checked the showtime schedule for yesterday from their website, it showed the supposed usual schedule -- Smallville at 9pm, Supernatural at 10pm, but alas, no such thing occured last night. Apakah??

Today I checked again for this Sunday's schedule with Smallville and Supernatural in their usual timeslot, but wanna bet there will be another drama showing at 9pm and then Smallville pushed to 10:30pm and no Supernatural again?



Thursday, August 20, 2009

Highly Suspect

Nong, MC, Lah and I met up last night before Ramadan kicks in.

The Smoked Salmon Crepe above and the Club Sandwiches were two of my favourites out of the four dishes we ordered at Pastis yesterday. Katanya to meet for tea, but we ended up having a quick dinner.

Good thinking though because I was hungry ;p

Wonderful company + great laughter + yummy food = WIN.

And thanks to MC for the Amsterdam fridge magnet and Twirl :)


Monday, August 17, 2009

One does not need to have cancer to analyze its symptoms

TV3 rearranged their Sunday night's shows and thus, there was no Supernatural yesterday :(

On Friday, after being 'chatised' by a colleague, I decided to wear a mask on my trip back home. Gosh uols, I nearly died of suffocation! I couldn't breathe. Once I reached the station, I took it off to catch my breath.

And then in the train, I had to take off my glasses because it started to get foggy -- what with me breathing really hard in the mask and the very cold aircond in the train.

Today, I decided to forgo it altogether.

I think the ones who should wear a mask are those who are sick, to prevent their virus to spread to us. The others should just practise good hygiene only lah.

But then again, it also depends on what type of mask you have.

Over lunch today I sat with the Finance SM, whose wife is a doctor. He said the ones that we received from the building management (remember, 1st death happened at my office building?) *that nearly suffocated me, I might add* won't help in preventing the virus from us because it is the type that will prevent stuff you exhale 'be distributed' to the public but not things that you inhale.

He said the ones that can protect YOU from inhaling unwanted particles are the other type that is called 'respirator mask'. It's the white coloured one that looks like a crotch protector tu.

It do concerned me whatever virus I am exposed to on the train because I do not want to expose Mira to it. So on Saturday after her class we went to have our usual kopitiam session at Tesco Midah, I dropped by Watsons to look for those alcohol-based hand cleaner.

You know, all these while I see bottles upon bottles of those little Dettol hand sanitizers, untouched at Watsons or Guardian. This time however, you won't see even a glimpse of it! All sold out. Lol.

Kaya la Dettol this year ek :p

Dettol is not the only brand of hand sanitizer out there y'all. I got the other one -- Eskulin brand with Disney's Pooh characters on the bottle... Eh-eh, I suddenly realize I took the one with Piglet on it. At that time, I chose it because it was pink. How ironic!

Anyhow, with so many people telling you what is 'the best thing to do', I think we should just heed the advise from CDC. Check out this link to learn more. But the gist of it are...

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your arm when you cough and sneeze.
  • Stay away from other people if you are ill.
  • Avoid crowded places and large gatherings as much as possible.

It is good to note that you can consider to wear a facemask if:

  • You are sick with the flu and think you might have close contact with other people.
  • You live with someone who has the flu (you therefore might be in the early stages of infection) and need to be in a crowded place. Limit the amount of time you spend in these crowded places and wear a facemask while you are there.
  • You are well and do not expect to be in close contact with a sick person but need to be in a crowded place. Limit the amount of time you spend in these crowded places and wear a facemask while you are there.

Consider wearing a respirator if you are well and you expect to be in close contact with people who are known or thought to be sick with pandemic flu. Limit the amount of time you are in close contact with these people and wear a respirator during this time. These recommendations apply if you must take care of a sick person at home.

So there you have it.

The CDC's page on H1N1-specific link is here. The WHO GAR's page is here.

We all have to do our part now folks. No more finger pointing, please.

Take care, peeps.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it?

Mira and I have found a new joint to lepak in -- Pak Hailam Kopitiam. Mira likes their kaya and butter toast, while I love their wholemeal red bean pau. The pau's price is pretty steep at RM2 each, but the filling is pretty generous.

We first discovered the place when I had to meet my Tutor so hand in my late assignment work. And then, we saw another branch newly opened in Sg Wang. So, happily we go there for lunch after Mira's ballet classes last month.

But now she's back in her old school in Cheras, we go to the outlet in Tesco.

We're here now, and this is me updating the blog via N82 and their free wireless internet. Bliss :)


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Try not to trip. We don’t have time for a concussion today.

I had a rather busy day at work today. The Board papers are ready (amazing!), so I had to bind and do pretty stuff to them for distribution.

The said meeting will be held next Monday, and for the first time in my working life, the documents are ready wayyyyy ahead of time. If not, as long as there's time, there will still be amendments to be made.

And the boss bought us lunch today :)

I hope tomorrow will not as busy, though. But there are already a few things I need to follow up: I need to do cosmetic work on the presentation slides, talk to the Admin people about lunch, make sure the conference room will be ready for Monday, etc.

You know, the usuals.

And then, I have to think of a plan or an excuse to take some time off for next Tuesday. All in a day's work, no?

Eh, ok lah, nak balik. Tata.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Don't count your OWLs before they are delivered

I have a pimple (or two?) on my nose. Thank goodness it isn't a prominent one, but is visible just under the skin. However, no thanks to that, I now look like Rudolph.

I sat for another paper this morning. Principles of Management to be exact. Thank God it wasn't that bad. I started reading the last 10 chapters on Saturday and sat down to do short notes the next day.

Yer, kerja giler.

I had been reading my notes the whole day yesterday -- on the train going to work, on the train back and after dinner last night. But it was hard to concentrate with ANTM showing on TV. I never follow this show, but yesterday I was compelled to watch it. Sigh.

I did plan to start revising since the dawn of day begining of August, but got side-tracked ;)

So, can you imagine how happy and relief I felt when I discovered the first question was on BCG Matrix? OMG, I wanted to do to the jig on the table right there and then! Lol. I was asked to explain how it can help in deciding strategies and elaborate each categories.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy uols, especially when you've been involved in the corporate sector for long, kan. Because a few of my classmates don't get why I am being so happy about it and they think that question is hard. Apakah?

And one of the essay question was on interview selection process. Woohoo!

Now I am confident I will be able to at least pass this paper. Lol. Maybe not with 'flying colours' but as long as I can take up 3 subjects in the semester after next, I am happy :)

Next, and the last paper for this semester, will be in two weeks time. An easy subject, plus it will be in multiple choice questions.

The worst is over, now I can relax. Teehee.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have

I love Sunday nights nowadays because the Supernatural boys are back. Dean Winchester is ten kinds of hott! The menyampah part is, we're only seeing season 3 now when the series are actually in its 5th season already.

Mira likes Smallville. It suited our unwinding time very well -- Smallville at 9 PM, Supernatural an hour later. And then, off to bed.

Speaking of Smallville, them kids Lana and Clark -- will they ever get together?? Like tak sudah-sudah unrequited love gitu. Even at this point when Lana is about to marry Lex, they are both sorta pining for one another.

And I suspect there is some kind of conspiracy about Lana's pregnancy. Tapikan, logik ke? You don't or aren't aware that you're pregnant yourself? Even after falling down the stairs and being whacked by baddies, the doctor told Lana, 'the baby is safe'. For real?

Anyway, I've Googled and somewhat knew the answer (as to whether they'll get together or not as well as the pregnancy bit) already. Unless you don't want to be spoiled, check this Wiki page out.

I would like to profess my undying love to Wikipedia, right about here *loves* ;)

I woke up with a stiff neck this morning. Lepas tu, the car refused to start with ease pulak, even after I did the usual tricks. It's like the car decided to sleep and needed to be awoken with a start by giving it a shock, you know.

We don't know what exactly was the problem and neither does the mechanic fellas. Probably because when we brought the car for a check up, everything was running smoothly, the car is happy as a peach.

Now, why is the peach happy? I don't know.

The guard took pity on me and helped me push the car. After a few tries, we managed to jump start the car at last. In return, I pitied the aging uncle. Lol.

There was this guy who saw the whole debacle but decided to hide in his car the whole time we were puffing and pushing. He just refused to get down from his car, you know. He just sat in it, thinking I didn't noticed him.

I have swell neighbours, I tell you. Even strangers I met at the LRT carpark are friendlier and helpful than him!

Yes, I occassionally do face the same problem. I think the hardest I've prayed would be the walk from the main entrance of the station to the car -- please God, let the car start without problem.

I must say majority of the time God took pity on me and grant me my wish :)

On Saturday someone came home, blissfully happy, showered me with things. I was taken aback and felt a little bit overwhelmed by it all. Also, a little bit guitly (because I want it and was worried if it'll be taken back, see). But I don't feel it's right, so I told what had transpired over the week.

Of course, the blisfully happy became tragically emotional.

I was told asked to take it back, to cancel my action. I just smiled, never really said anything but somehow it was misunderstood to be that I agreed. So the days passed like any other day, which is why, I think, I never really see the need to do anything about it until now.

I can imagined the shock someone will feel when the nondescript (I suspect saja lah) letter arrive in the mailbox later. I am SO looking forward to it... not!


Friday, August 7, 2009

God may not play dice but he enjoys a good round of Trivial Pursuit every now and again

Ahh. 12:34:56 07/08/09, huh? I purposely publish this entry at 12:34 PM today. But it doesn't mean that it was created at that time, though ;)

Speaking of time, the other day, like weeks ago really, I found something peculiar while travelling to work. Have you noticed how not one watches tell the same time?

There were three people standing in a row across from me that morning, all three of them have a wrist watch each. I thought I'd take a peek at the time, to see how late I'm going to be.

The wrist watch of the person on the left showed five minutes to eight, the middle one showed 8 AM on the dot, while the person on his right showed five minutes past eight. Ironic, much?

So, who was telling the correct time, then? When I tried to peek at the person closest to me, his watch showed twenty minutes past eight.

In the end, I had to take out my phone to see the time. And it didn't match any of those four people above, not even close! But at least, I know my time will always show five minutes earlier than the current time (tapi still lambat gak for appointments, apakes? Lol!).

I should probably invest in a suitable time piece sometime in the distant future. Ke, ada orang nak belikan as a birthday gift? :p


Thursday, August 6, 2009

No pleassure, no expressions, just an illusion of what should but wasn't

There is a war in my head or is it my heart? I'm not sure. But one party think it shouldn't bother me anymore but another think that at least I should feel a tinge of something.

Have you ever experience this feeling before? I am having a headache because of it.

I am wearing a new pair of shoes to work today. I bought it yesterday from Sogo. I feel like as if that place is on perpetual sale or something. I think their sale may have started since the day I work in this district.

The sale will ends on Merdeka day, btw.

So this new pair has 4 thin straps at the front, one at the back with a 3-inch heels. And I am cursing myself everytime I walk because the strappy front part hurts like a bitch. Padan muka mak kan. Lol.


Gosh, what a frivolous entry this is! XD


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I thought you were supposed to be the forgiving one, and I was the grudge-holder

I think I like this new theme very much. It goes very well with my 'tagline' :)

I sat for a paper this morning. It was 'English for Oral Communication'. I am confident I will not score much, but whatever. Lol. Because it's an 'oral communication' subject, 80% of the total marks will come from our oral evaluation, which I've gotten an A for.

The irony was, while I scrambled to remember the meaning of consonants, consonants sound, phonetics and phonemes last night, guess what came out today? Something about 'fricatives', 'glides' and 'stops'. Wtf?? Haha.

Luckily there was one question which asked us to construct a small-talk dialogue between 2-3 people. I am sure I get full marks for that. Lol.

The paper was for an hour and ten minutes, so after that I went to do what I planned to do yesterday straight away. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. The clerk gave me a new form, I filled it up and submit it back to him.

He gave me a number and was told to look out for something in the mail within these 2 weeks.

Driving back to the office, I felt relieve. A bit apprehensive but relieve nonetheless.

I hope everything will go smoothing from this point forward. Friends, please pray for a speedy process.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Between a rock and a hard place

I keep telling myself 'no more thinking!'. It has come to a point where I have to do something, to take action, to move forward. No more 'I think I should ...' but instead 'I have to do this'.

I've printed the forms. Macam nak kena tulis BOD paper pulak, susah nya. Good thing my boss is on sick leave today so I can concentrate on writing a strong basis for my application. I plan to submit it after my exam tomorrow.

Dear God, please give me the strength and will power to go ahead with what I have decided. Semoga dipermudahkan segala urusan. Amin.