Monday, December 29, 2008


During my stay in Spore, I spotted this Mannequin in a pretty odd position.

And a shoe brand named after me! This box has been here for at least two years. Don't know who the owner is.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Drama Queen in the House

On Christmas Eve, my cute little niece was busy unwrapping presents. Despite being only a year old, Xiao Xuan (as you can see, written on the present) understands joy of receiving.

She tore the wrapping paper into pieces. Not too gentle. Anyway, that's not the point.
She tried eating a tiny piece of the wrapping paper she picked up from the floor. My cousin, Joyce spotted that and scolded her.

Xiao Xuan then solemnly stared at Joyce.

...about to cry.

My other cousin trying to console her.

..didn't take.

She started crying.

She cooled down.

but continued that STARE...look at her lips =p

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

INTEC Reunion

To AUSMATians,

Yee Hong is organising a mASSive reunion in KL on 14th Feb, 6-11pm. Exact location has yet to be decided. For more info, click me

ps: Just in case u're wondering, yes, Yee Hong is still pursuing his passion for music =p

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


In PC Fair, I met up with some secondary school friends, Jia Chen, Kok Leong, Chen Ye, Ferdinand, Tiong Ming.

Met up with INTEC and Macquarie friends in Sunway Pyramid, to surprise Quanyie in conjunction with her 20th Bday.

Boy, it was an entertaining journey to Sunway Pyramid with appropriate human sound effects as the sky turned dark at 4pm and rain started pouring, accompanied by some loud thunders.

And just yesterday, caught up with Sze Ching and Nat in Times Square. We complained about Yee Hong bragging about his iphone in FB =p
Oh, we also watched The Day The Earth Stood Still. If you really like special effects & Keavu Reeves, this is the show for you.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Well-Written Confession

I am a female Chinese Malaysian, living in the Washington DC area in the United States . I have read many of the letters that often talk about foreign countries when the writers have no real knowledge of actually living in those countries.

Many draw conclusions about what those countries are like after hearing it from someone else or by reading and hearing about them in the media or after four years in a college town in those countries.
I finished STPM with outstanding results from the prestigious St George's Girls School in Penang . Did I get a university place from the Malaysian government? Nothing. With near perfect scores, I had nothing, while my Malay friends were getting offers to go overseas.
Even those with 2As got into university. I was so depressed. I was my parents last hope for getting the family out of poverty and at 18, I thought I had failed my parents. Today, I understand it was the Malaysian Government that had failed me and my family because of its discriminatory policies.
Fortunately, I did not give up and immediately did research at the Malaysian American Commission on Education Exchange (MACEE) to find a university in the US that would accept me and provide all the finances. My family and friends thought I was crazy, being the youngest of nine children of a very poor carpenter. Anything that required a fee was out of our reach.
Based on merit and my extracurricular activities of community service in secondary school, I received full tuition scholarship, work study, and grants to cover the four years at a highly competitive US university.
Often, I took 21 credits each semester, 15 credits each term while working 20 hours each week and maintaining a 3.5 CGPA. A couple of semesters, I also received division scholarships and worked as a TA (teaching assistant) on top of everything else.
For the work study, I worked as a custodian (yes, cleaning toilets), carpet layer, computer lab assistant, grounds keeping, librarian, painter, tour guide, etc. If you understand the US credit system, you will understand this is a heavy load.
Why did I do it? This is because I learnt as a young child from my parents that hard work is an opportunity, to give my best in everything, and to take pride in the work I do. I walked away with a double major and a minor with honours but most of all a great lesson in humility and a great respect for those who are forced to labour in so-called `blue collar' positions.
Those of you who think you know all about Australia , US, or the West, think again. Unless you have really lived in these countries, i.e. paid a mortgage, paid taxes, taken part in elections, you do not understand the level of commitment and hard work it takes to be successful in these countries, not just for immigrants but for people who have lived here for generations.
These people are where they are today because of hard work. (Of course, I am not saying everyone in the US is hardworking. There is always the lazy lot which lives off of someone else's hard work. Fortunately, they are the minority.)

Every single person, anywhere, should have the opportunity to succeed if they want to put in the effort and be accountable for their own actions. In the end, they should be able to reap what they sow.

It is bearable that opportunities are limited depending on how well-off financially one's family is but when higher education opportunities are race-based, like it is in Malaysia; it is downright cruel for those who see education as the only way out of poverty.

If you want to say discrimination is here in the US, yes, of course it is. Can you name a country where it doesn't happen? But let me tell you one thing - if you go looking for it, you will find it. But in Malaysia, you don't have to go look for it because it seeks you out, slaps you in your face every which way you turn, and is sanctioned by law!

Here in the US , my children have the same opportunity to go to school and learn just like their black, white, and immigrant friends. At school, they eat the same food, play the same games, are taught the same classes and when they are 18, they will still have the same opportunities.
Why would I want to bring my children back to Malaysia ? So they can suffer the state-sanctioned discrimination as the non-malays have for over 30 years?

As for being a slave in the foreign country, I am a happy 'slave' earning a good income as an IT project manager. I work five days a week; can talk bad about the president when I want to; argue about politics, race and religion openly; gather with more than 50 friends and family when I want (no permit needed) and I don't worry about the police pulling me over because they say I ran the light when I didn't.

Have we seen the light at the end of the tunnel yet (Annuar Ibrahim) ? Or is it the head light of an oncoming train ? Lets hope its the former for the sake of all fair minded Malaysians.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Twilight is officially the first movie I watched back in Malaysia!
RM8! So worthwhile! It lived up to my expectations, though I have to agree with my cousin, Jin that they build the suspense very well but the climax was a bit too short.
Having not read the novel, I didn't really know much about the plot till I actually watched the whole movie. It was a good thing...kept the suspense going.

I appreciate the fact that only in Malaysia you get to watch movies with both Mandarin and Malay subtitles. I tend to miss some lines when the characters speak like a bullet train. Unfortunately, 20% of the film was polluted with mixed up subtitles - unforgivable error. Such a widely-anticipated film and this happened.

And when Edward was about to kiss Bella, I had the shock of my life when Edward suddenly distant himself from her.

"What the...."

Thanks a lot Malaysian Censorship Board! There's no place like home!

ps: To Bubbles who introduced this movie to me, hope you enjoy the film as much as I did =)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Bubble Tea in Taipei

Tada! Easy Way from its origin.

This is a Taro Milk Tea. Cost only AUD1 as oppose to AUD5 in Sydney. The colour wasn't purple but tasted exactly the same. The way the made it was a bit more traditional.

Btw, can someone make sense out of "Nature's Way To Beautiful"?
Shouldn't it be "Nature's Way To Beauty"?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Dogs in Taipei

5-day holiday in Taipei was amazing. Not too short that it makes me want to stay longer. Not too long that I actually feel bored.

Dogs are very common in Taipei. And the good thing is that they are well taken care off. Only a handful of the ones I saw were stray dogs. The one above takes care of a blind Er Hu player.

Is this a husky?

Dogs with lion head!

Stray dog.

A cute little dog sniffing everything it came across. Surprisingly, its lady-owner on the right is not one bit embarrassed. Maybe she has got used to it.

A shy dog hiding behind its owner.

This one looks a bit like Hush Puppy.

There was this restaurant which featured its dog has its main attraction.

This dog was tied directly in front of the restaurant during its opening hours, attracting lots of passerby.

Understandably, this is a boring routine.

This owner puts on red jackets on two of his three huge dogs. They attract a crowd wherever they go.

Cute fashionable dogs!