27 8 / 2014

Source: Alevitische Jugend Nrw Bdaj-nrw 

For the past few weeks, my heart literally torn apart and bleed profusely each time when I logged in to Facebook. My news feed were ‘bombed’ by friends who posted constant updates (= every few hours; sometimes even mere minutes) about the Israel-Palestine conflict. There were much concern and sympathy for the well-being of the Palestine people, especially for the young, innocent lives that were abruptly cut short and gone just by the mere happy fingers of undiscriminating individuals.

Each time when I saw the dead bodies of the defenseless children, especially those with missing body parts, I practically teared. My emotions ran high; I was emotionally disturbed. There were times when my tears fell freely because I was simply helpless to hold it back, regardless of where I could be.

The disturbing truth is… When I saw the photos of those gone, somehow, I could see the images of my loved ones, especially the young ones in my family, superimposed on the faces of the children long gone. Subhaan Allah, that’s when the tears no longer pool in my eyes, but fall freely on my cheeks. I couldn’t imagine the helplessness of the parents when they were informed of the lost lives of their beloved children. It’s so heartbreaking; I hope none of us would ever live through that unenviable experience in our lifetime.

Earlier this morning when I checked my Facebook, I am really happy to read that the war has come to an end, at least for now. No more lives will be sacrificed in vain regardless of which army camp we personally root for. No more depressing news of innocent lives gone in a blink of an eye. No more, and I really hope NO MORE…

I am further thankful for a posting that a friend shared on her Facebook wall. She’s the first non-Muslim friend that I personally know who openly supported HUMANITY in view of the Israel-Palestine conflict. This small gesture of hers means a lot to me, as none of my other non-Muslim friends, colleagues and acquaintances even dare to remotely discuss or share their views on the conflict. It seems to be a taboo topic to discuss here, and everybody seem to shun away from sharing. Are they scared or are they simply wary because it means they must take sides?

      
Source: Alevitische Jugend Nrw Bdaj-nrw 

Personally, ALL of us, coming from the different cultures and backgrounds, are entitled to our own opinions and views. We don’t need to have a common agreement, as long as we agree to disagree. None of us should be compelled to accept a particular side or opinion, if we do not agree with it. However, we SHOULD all agree that having a shred of humanity in each of us is important. The day that we lack humanity - that will be the day that we know mankind is lost for good. I wonder what would that make us out to be. Do you know?


Source: Alevitische Jugend Nrw Bdaj-nrw 

18 8 / 2014

When you are passionate over something, be it in your professional or personal lives, nothing is ever too stressful for you regardless of the late nights or lack of time. You put on your ‘game-on’ face with an even bigger smile and confidence, and set out to accomplish more stuffs.

Source: Lazar Angelov

Unfortunately, when there’s a lack of passion in the tasks that you have to do, you feel the stress mounting high. You start wondering why the time passes darn slow. You feel more tired than ever, perhaps even despite the sufficient sleep or rest. There’s really nothing worthy that holds your interest or attention.

When the latter strikes you, my best suggestion would be it’s time to move on… and… don’t ever look back at all… It’s time to ‘heal’ and find the medicine that can ‘cure’ you. 

I know what I’m gonna do. 

21 7 / 2014

"Success was like a rotating wheel: once you set it in motion and jumped on it, it was difficult to stop it long enough to jump off."

Rachel Lindsay via Love and No Marriage

21 7 / 2014

"That was before you made your own sacrifice and showed me how unselfish love truly is: that, however deeply one is involved, when the time comes to let go it has to be done with grace and style, no matter how agonising the heartbreak."

Angela Wells via Tattered Loving

08 7 / 2014

"An evening like this does not belong to reality. It belongs to dreams, and dreams are best forgotten."

Esther Wyndham via Above the Clouds

16 4 / 2014

"You make your own happiness. Everyone in this world makes their own happiness… now it’s up to you. No one can do it for you."

Amanda Carpenter via The Gift of Happiness

14 4 / 2014

"Life will always have its ups and downs, but it is what we make of them that is so important."

Annette Broadrick via Unheavenly Angel

04 11 / 2013

"Happiness is a commodity which comes with the contentment of the soul, and to achieve that contentment, one must be true not only to oneself, but also to others…"

Yvonne Whittal via There is No Tomorrow

24 10 / 2013

100 posts finally! Haha… Didn’t know that there’s such a thing to motivate bloggers. Well, to more sharing then. Cheers!!!

100 posts finally! Haha… Didn’t know that there’s such a thing to motivate bloggers. Well, to more sharing then. Cheers!!!

24 10 / 2013

OMG! I’m freaking out right now… Why, oh why? Why didn’t I check on my transportation logistics from point A to point B, instead of happily booking (and placed FULL 200% concentration) on my accommodation?

Er, well… To be fair, the place where I’m sleeping and resting is important to me; I don’t want to end up sleeping in a place that I’m uncomfortable in, especially in a strange place. Communal accommodation, though important due to my budget constraint, I need the illusion that I’ve plenty of personal space too, which, let’s face it, is hard when I’m on a budget. Still…

No doubt that Japan’s transport network system is top notch, though complex, in the world, even against Singapore (and I’m pretty proud of Singapore’s), but it’s freaking EXPENSIVE! Nonetheless, despite my apprehensiveness, I can’t wait for my trip to come soon enough. I hope I can find my way around without spending a bomb on the transportation. As it is, I’m already feeling the pinch of it, based on my earlier findings. Glurp…

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Photos source (in chronological sequence from start to end): Tokyo DisneySea, japan-guide.com, Japan Ski Experience, japan-guide.com, Never Ending Journey, Visit Hiroshima and The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum.

Can you guess which areas I’ll be covering for my upcoming trip based on the photo montage above? :)

Have you been to any country where you are ‘threatened’ by its transport system? What happened? Did you learn any lesson from the incident?

18 10 / 2013

Guess what? Nat finally received my mail to her after ttthhrreeeee long months yesterday, in addition from her August SMC partner as well. 3 long months to receive my snail mail to her is certainly no joke. I guess Mr Postman really take his job seriously and was finally assured that I meant no harm to Nat. He finally decided to make Nat’s day. I’m seriously glad for Nat. To be honest, I was pretty upset initially when Nat didn’t receive her mail. I was ranting like a mad woman about the unreliable postal services. Of course, I’m back to my normal sweet self now that she received it finally. Well, better late than never.

So, did you receive anything in the mail today? :)

17 10 / 2013

It has been a few weeks since my last (serious and personal) post – my previous post sharing a quote certainly doesn’t count. A lot of things happened and eventually, I just procrastinated as per norm. Urgh!!! It certainly didn’t help too that so many thoughts were running amok happily, at least in my opinion, in my ahem… over-active mind. Ah well… Anyway, I digressed.

You know… Very often, when I catch-up with my friends over meals or drinks, they always lament that I can never complete my sentence (I’m actually rather infamous, though not proud, for it). They feel much shortchanged (haha…) that I didn’t complete my sentence there and then. There’s always something new that I MUST share, comment or ahem… bitching (what? – don’t judge me because I’m pretty sure that you are guilty of this habit as well, even if you are a guy). In fact, I have this particular friend, SS, who always commented that my ‘commercial breaks’ are too long and frequent for comfort. Hehe… Get the pun? Again, I digressed.

Ok, ok… let’s come back to the point. Since like forever, I have ‘insomnia’ and I have difficulty sleeping at night. On some days, I could perhaps sleep as early as 9pm, then to only be awakened at 1am. I would stay awake till it’s time for me to shower and prepare for work. On other days, I could be catching ‘sleeping winks’ every 20-30 minutes. I called it as such because I would be sleeping for about the said time, then to only stay awake also for the said time, and this would continue throughout the night till it’s time for me to be up. For both sleeping patterns, it sounded rather tiring on the body. However, ironically, the lack of sleep hardly disrupts my daily activities – I look fresh, though the panda eyes don’t lie. Urgh!

In the past, I would use the time ‘earned’ to catch up with my work – it certainly helped when I was in events communicating with international delegates and vendors, due to the time difference. However, as I’m currently a professional bum, what else could I do except to read all night long? I know, I know… I should have taken that time earned to update my blog, but ah well… there’s always later. Hehe…

Just earlier this morning, the former insomnia struck! I’ve been up since 1am and caught up with my reading (thank Him for my iPad). I read 2 novels before my eyelids started to droop. Now, let me clarify that I was indulging in some romance (I’m referring to novels – what were you thinking of?), nothing even vaguely close to superhero stuffs. The moment my eyes closed, wham… bam… (er, maybe it’s not the right expression to use, but it’s the only appropriate expression that I could think of at present, which translated accurately the speed from being awake to unconscious instantaneously), I was transported to my lala land where I was this mere girl with superhero flying powers.

Oh yeah, I was transformed to this cool, albeit nerdy, ordinary girl who could fly at her whims. Nay, I wasn’t out saving the world (though, yes, I support world peace!!!). There was no story line, except for my superior ability to fly – and no, for the record, my thong wasn’t worn outside, visible for anyone to see.

And… the next moment, I was jolted back to wakefulness. For a mere 20 minutes, I lived the life of my childhood superhero – SUPERMAN! I guess it was a sign for me that I shouldn’t have ditched my Superman for Captain America nor Iron Man. Em, so, when’s the new Superman movie coming out? 

Source: Superman via Comic Book Movie

Do you have a superhero that you dig a lot? Who is it? If there are real superheroes around, do you think they can do a better job of ‘I want world peace’, compared to the beauty queens? :)

14 10 / 2013

"…if you love someone you have to let them go, so they can come back to you. That way you know they’re yours. For ever…"

Trish Wylie via Her Bedroom Surrender

18 9 / 2013

Oh yeah, we are definitely going for the F1 race right here in Singapore this very weekend. :) Best, we are going for the actual race itself and I simply can’t wait! 

When Singapore was successfully awarded as the host venue for the inaugural F1 night race AND the first street circuit in Asia, many were perhaps skeptical on Singapore’s capability then. After all, Singapore is just a little red dot on the world map. Alas… We proved them wrong. 

I was in a MICE company then, and I remembered attempting to sell the F1 tickets to my prospective clients. It wasn’t easy - it was damn tough! Clients had unrealistic expectations - they wanted affordable accommodation with fantastic, clear views of the race, but unwilling to pay the price. It was real challenging, but an experience nonetheless. 

I swore then that I would go to the race for myself - the ‘zooming’ sounds were exhilarating -, but hehe… it never materialised. Er, under my financial priority, watching the F1 race was still at the bottom rung of the ladder.

Fast forward to today, hey, I’m making my way to the race like real soon - IT’S THIS WEEKEND AND IT’S ALREADY MIDWEEK NOW! For the next few days, while I’m busy ahem… slogging at work, the sounds of the racing cars will be music to my ears - yeah, my office is that close to the race track. 

I bet that I’m gonna love every moments of this weekend. 

How about you? What are your plans for this weekend? 

12 9 / 2013

Ok, ok… This post is indeed long overdue, my bad. I really need to sort all my stuffs together and of course, gather my scrambling but overactive thoughts. I have this annoying habit (fortunately, it’s not often – hehe…) of wanting to blog on a specific topic, but I would ended up drafting the post half-way then get started on an entirely different post altogether. The best part is… Sometimes, I don’t even continue nor post the posts. Annoying habit I have there which I’m trying to curb somehow. Anyway, obviously, I digressed yet again…

As you can see from the photo, yes, I have received my mail from Kattrina. Yippee!!! In fact, I received hers right on that very day that I blogged about my parcel to her. It was a coincidence, but a pleasant one, of course.

Kattrina is a self-claimed military brat who has been travelling to all those gorgeous places that I could only dream about – she has been to Japan! (You can certainly hear me gushing or groaning away at this junction!) Growing up, she was already an international traveler while I would consider myself lucky, if I got to travel to our neighboring country, Malaysia. I can certainly forget about the rest of the Asian countries. I’m so envious of her. Did I also mention that we have something in common? Both of us love ORANGE!!! How amazing is that, especially since orange is not exactly a common color that people may fall in love with? It’s simply amazing and pure coincidence that both of us are paired together…

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According to Kattrina, Maryland is famous for its crabs, thus, in line with the theme for August which is ‘Under the Sea’, Kattrina has painstakingly put together some of the ingredients for the Poor Man’s Crab Cakes recipe. She included the mixture, seasoning and even the very solid crab mallet (which actually weighed a ton – her postage is definitely expensive!). Look at the design on the mallet. Isn’t it gorgeous? I don’t think I would actually use it. I’m going to give it an honorable spot among my treasured display collection stuffs.

On that very night, I finished the whole packet (plus the crumbs) of the popcorn chips – luckily, it’s a healthy snack, since it was in the middle of the night. I’m going to give the recipe a try, perhaps this weekend (crossing my fingers) – it actually looks very simple based on Kattrina’s step-by-step guide. I will post on the outcome later, ahem… provided it looks good. Haha…

If you were to receive a recipe from someone, what kind of recipe would you want to receive? Hit me with the most mouth-watering recipe that you can think of and in return, I will share with you a simple recipe of non-baked fruit cocktail cheese cake that anyone, and I really mean ANYONE, can do. :)