Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year!

Today is the last day of 2008 and 2009 will be here in a blink of an eye. I would like to take this opportunity to wish my family, my friends and all the people who happened to drop in here a great 2009. After having done a few posts with poochies, I will end the year with one on kitties :). And just the right thing came along from a good friend via the email. I would like to share this will you.

As 2008 draws to an end....

We need to face up to 2009...

There may be risks involved...

Road blocks ahead...

So, do stay ALERT!

Remember to share time with Friends...

Jump over obstacles that you may come across...

with Care..

and caution...

Face challenges...

but always remembering to laugh...

Cooperate when you can...


Make new friends..

And above all, remember always to have fun, be ready for new adventures... and you will go far....

Maybe not this far... :)

And always take time off to smell the roses along the way. Life is really a journey and not a destination.

A Very Happy & Wonderful New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Straight No Chaser

Have I ever mentioned that I love A cappella?

A cappella (Italian[1] or Latin "From the chapel/choir") music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music.[2] In modern usage, a cappella often refers to an all-vocal performance of any style, including barbershop, doo wop, and modern pop/rock.(Sourced from Wikipedia)

I found a few YouTube videos whilst surfing around for this kind of music and I am sure many of you will enjoy the sheer talent of this group called "Straight No Chaser". They are a 10 man A cappella group from Indiana, US. There is another group also calling themselves "Straight No Chaser" but this is the "younger" version. This group is made up of 10 young men from the Indiana University College Group.

Pic from

Carol of the Bells

12 Days of Christmas

Silent Night

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas!

A Very Merry Christmas to One and All! May the world be a better place for all of us to live in. Remember, every little Random Act of Kindness goes a long way.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Gentle Reminder... Drink but Don't Drive

The festive season is dawning upon us and I just received this gentle reminder from a friend which I would like to share with all of you.

Just wanting to wish you a Merry Xmas, a Great New Year and don't drive if you have been drinking.


Two Glasses of Wine

Three Martinis

One Bottle of Tequila

One Large Purple Haze

2 Bottles of Wine, Shared

3 Kamikazes

6 Beers

Captain Morgans (coconut flavor) and Coke

Too many Margaritas

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Friday, December 19, 2008

These Boys Are After My Heart... and Money :)

It is a Friday evening and I had planned to do a little Christmas shopping. But before doing that, I had to fuel up and choosing one of my favorite Nasi Lemak outlet at Subang Parade, I selected a table which was just next to the walkway. As I was enjoying my Nasi Lemak, there was this group of boys, some with placards and others in vests with a million buttons on them. As I ate and watch them, they must have just started up their little stall. But then I could be wrong. They may have put up their stall since the day but it was just that they were looking a little reserved and restrained.

As the shoppers walked by, some of these boys would go "Buy for Charity"..."Do your bit for the Orphans!". So, that was what they were doing. They were actually doing their bit for the orphans. How wonderfully kind.

As I continued eating, I was watching the shoppers passed by. There were some who consciously made a little detour to avoid these boys. There were a few curious ones but somehow their curiosity never got them within 5 feet of the stall to see what the boys were selling. During my entire meal, which lasted about 15 minutes, there were only 4 to 5 young girls who stopped by and got a little gift item from the stall. I could tell as these boys will clap in appreciation for the girls' kind deed.

I felt rather sad though that these shoppers probably had an intention to buy something, since it is Christmas time and all. But they did not even stop, not even for a minute to consider if there was anything in the stack of things that the boys were selling that might be worthy of a gift to a loved one, but more importantly, doing a little bit for the orphans.

After I have swallowed the last spoonful of my Nasi Lemak, I went over to the boys' stall to check out what they had to offer. They have quite an interesting collection of stuff and I asked them if they were recycled products. Surprisingly these are new items, possibly purchased from kind suppliers at a very low price. I asked the boys if I could take a photo or two of them so that I can put them in my blog. Ha Ha.. I have never ever gotten a happier response before. All of them gathered behind the table and these were what the boys looked like.

I took 2 shots of them and 1 of their banner. They seemed happy that this created a little excitement and drew a little attention from the crowd. I got some bears, which are very nice as presents. A big one costs only RM40 and a smaller one costs RM12 (apparently the boys gave me a fantastic discount on this one haha) and two baby bears (RM15 each) stuck on a stick. They are still in the trunk on my car. Should have taken it out for a photo shot. I ran out of cash at this stage and told the boys that I will be back later.. and with a friend. There was much cheering from the boys. Such cheer, such joy.

Went upstairs and took some more money from the ATM. JW arrived not long after that. Asked her to withdraw some money and took her downstairs to stall. JW, being the kindest person in the world, without hestitation, brought out RM20 and bought somethings which she really did not need and probably didn't know who to give it too also. Bless her.

Well, it was a great end to a wonderful Friday... to have had the pleasure of meeting these group of young men... haha.. had to call them boys as they were greeting me as "Aunty.. Aunty!" Most young people of their age, normally will either just pay lip service when it comes to doing their bit for charity or probably, the thought might have never even crossed their minds to do anything which will take them away from their hacking and slaying in those RPG Role Playing Games of theirs. These boys' parents must be so very proud of them. If I have sons, I would love for them to grow up like this lot.

Merry Christmas boys and a wonderful New Year to you all. God Bless You All.

The boys and their stall will be at Subang Parade all through the weekend. They are set up just next to Uncle Lim. Please go and support them.

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Movie - Ip Man

I went to watch Ip Man last nite. In fact, I was so kiasu about not getting the tickets that I rushed off to Sunway TGV on Wednesday immediately after work to get the tickets. Got very good seats as I think some may not have remembered that Ip Man started screening yesterday.

It is one of the better shows I have seen this entire year, if not the best one for me. The movie was so rich with everything for every one. Naturally, it is a movie rich with the technical kung fu stuff, but it had history and human values in it too. There was a little subtle humor thrown in too. It was truly a movie worth watching again and again. I am going to wait for the original DVD to come out to buy and keep. None of the el cheepo pirated one for me here :D.

Pop by to my earlier posts Ip Man - The Wing Chun Master to Bruce Lee for the Trailer and some other info.

I have yet another YouTube Video to share here

For those who are fans of Donnie Yen, this is one his man websites... enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Daiso at The Curve is finally opened!

Well they say that good things comes to those who wait.... well, I have been waiting since October for Daiso The Curve to open it's doors and finally, they are opened. The first thing that caught me off guard was their Green facade. Why Green? I thought Daiso's corporate color was Red? I must have been mistaken then.

I didn't managed to make it on their Opening Day on the 13th December as I was attending a seminar. I wonder if there were any freebies given out on that day :p. As I walked in, I really felt like a cat in a fish market.... wah.. goodies every which way I looked. I fished out my phone camera and started shooting. Since no one stopped me, I really had a great time looking and shooting. I will let the photos tell their own story...

I was there for almost 45minutes, truly enjoying myself. As I intend to keep coming back, I decided to limit myself to only 12 items (RM60) this time around. These are what I got.

I also told the supervisor there that I would like to see them have new items added every week as I intend to visit them weekly :).

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