Monday, March 30, 2009

A Little Kind Word and Action Goes A Long Way

The weekend was spent in a place where I used to be very familiar with. Not much has changed in that place and going back there brought much of the old memories to me again.

I sat down with a friend and listened to him about his experience throughout the whole process that he's going through. The image that he described to me brought me back to the days I stood in that same place whereby I was practically experiencing every single bit that he is having now.

It is somehow pretty sad to say that things remain unchanged between years ago and years later. The passion is burning like that candle in the wind and every effort has become a burden to the shoulder that make people unbearable.

I could not help to lighten the weight and I don't want to say things simply to make him feel better either. The only thing I could say is, "be sure of what you want and don't hold things too heavily to yourself".

Sometimes we ought to understand: try to be a little bit more understanding and considerate. What we have been through does not need to carry on forever.

We can make things better, if we have the awareness and compassion.

And to you, yes I am talking to you: Be brave and be the change you want to see in the world, ok?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

CharSew Wanton Noodle

I tried cooking homemade wanton noodble before but I did not do charsew during then. So this time I challenge myself to prepare a complete serving of wanton noodle, including every single necessary ingredient - (besides noodles and vegetables) wanton (both water-cooked & fried), charsew, and most of all fried pork-fat!

First of all, the merination for charsew- some dark soya sauce, light soya sauce, cooking wine, sugar, salt, and honey. Sit for minimum 45 minutes and go into the oven. Always check every five minutes, brush the merinated sauce on the pork and turn side after 10minutes. Continue to brush the sauce and let it thicken until dry. It takes approximately 30minutes to get this done and then let it rest to cool.

Add in some light soya sauce into minced meat and mix well. Let it sit for a while. Add a little bit of corn flour if you want the wanton to taste more solid and tender. Wrap the mince meat like a mini coin pouch (for water cook) and fill mince meat into one-fold the wanton skin.

Bring a big wok of water to boil and put in Vegetable (ChaiSim) to cook for about 1 minute then put into a big bucket of clean water. Let the vegetable go back into the boiling again and take it out immediately. Cut into smaller pieces.

Remember to open the noodle (as it is folded) and make it loose. Shake off the excess flour and then put into the boiling water. Stir with a pair of long chopsticks and use a sieve to move the noodles into clean cold water (that's so called "going over the cold river" in cantonese, in order to maintain the freshness of the noodles) and go into the boiling water again.

Put some dark soya sauce, sesame oil and the oil extracted from fried pork fat (you may add in that fried pork fat if you like) and some charsew sauce (cooked after finished merinating the charsew). Sieve dry the noodles and put into the plate and mix well.

Add wanton, vegetables, charsew and fried pork fat accordingly. And WALLA----

Bon Appetit!


Oh my, I can't describe my feeling now.

I mean look at me, I have never learned anything about coding although I did buy a book to study HTML ages ago which I end up didn't understand almost a thing in it and even if I did I have also long forgotten. But this urge in me, this urge to wanting something to be done is in just about every single cell of mine. And so I started the journey in looking out for ways to get it done. I searched the net, asked my friends, tried every little stupid things and monitored the difference in every changes I made etc.

I failed many many times and of course felt really helpless at times. But I never give a chance to the thought of giving up to come anywhere closer. I just kept trying and trying and with all the mistakes and wrong changes that I have done I gain a little more understanding of making it right.

Ok, it is no big deal. Just a blog template so what? It means nothing to those who know the language but it does mean a lot to me. Because I not only learned to break through the obstacle but also the importance of listening to people's advice, not being too pushy in demanding things to happen immediately, and also to continue improving in every single insignificant ways!

Every single drip of water gathered will become the sea, every single effort that we put in shall fruit someday.

What important is: learn from the mistake and keep going until you reach there, then continue to become better!

Thank you Fai-zai for giving me that inspiring thought of making 3 columns and all the attempts you've tried to help me; thank you YewYew for going through all the codes and try to solve the problem while sharing the observations.

Most of all, thank you honey for motivating me and encouraging me and having that faith in me that I will conquer no matter what is blocking my way!

Oh my, I am totally feeling way above the clouds now, weeee~~~~~~

(thank you too EARTH HOUR, for giving me such a great opportunity to learn)


Thank you all!

"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be"
George Sheehan

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Love Yourself Love the Earth

Do you feel the heat? Are you aware of the hours that you stay indoor in air-conditioned room is more these days than ever? You know what, that is the consequence of the damage we have done to the mother earth.

We all think life is supposed to be the more convenient the better, the more comfortable the happier. Just the time when we enjoy so much of innovations and things that make our lives easier we are repaying this big habitat of ours, which happen to be available free, with our ungrateful actions and no gratitude's attitudes.

We kill the oxygen supply because we want more space to live in (where all we occupied for sleep is still that one bed of Queen-sized the most) until we slowly run out of breath, we chuck our rubbishes into rivers and eventually flow into the big ocean to contaminate the water until we get less and less sea catchings, we dispose a lot a lot of waste gas into the air and thicken the ozone layer to capture more heat until to got ourselves cooked; and at the same time we melted the snow and iceberg around the world to create more flood to flush us away.

We are doing harm to the planet everyday without realizing how big the impact could be. Everyone is more in worry about the global economy crisis nowadays than concerning about the air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink and the environment we live in.

If you think this is simply a big hoo-ha to grab attention or a distraction to get your eyes away from economy, imagine the world that you aren't living long enough to see but your future generations going to live in.

This 28th (Saturday) your local time 8.30pm-9.30pm, show your concern and awareness towards mother earth. With an hour of power off, you can make the difference. Questioning "I am just one person, what can I do to help against global warming"? Think about the power when all one individual is united and gathered together...

In support of World's Earth Hour...
Like my friend said, "see you in the dark!"

Blogging Your Heart Out

This morning while I was brushing I have this thought crossed my mind. It is like a light shined through the head *whoosh and then it's gone - Why and what is it that we blog?

I remember I was reading the newspaper 2 days ago and I have the thought of blogging what came in to my mind but the idea disappeared as soon as I left the scene without going straight away to the blog. And I was pretty upset about that missed because I could still feel how much I wanted to write except I cannot recall what I want to write. I tried look for the newspaper that I read hoping to grab that idea back but the weirdest thing is: the newspaper's also gone (*te ne ne ne te ne ne ne - the twilight zone's theme music playing in the background)!

So I guess blogging is about catching that particular thought at that particular moment in order to show that particular feeling inside. And so I call it something comes straight from the heart. Unlike writing a diary blogging gives a sense of acceptance. While some may take such as an advantage to show off others are actually learning from people's sharing/feedback.

What I am saying is, "do you blog because you want to learn, or you just can't wait to show the world your self?"

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Love and Bond between Man and Animal

We thought of heading to cinema for "7 pounds" last night, but the showing time was a bit out of our cope so we thought we could go "A Tale of Despereaux" but work just got us missed the schedule. So we finally landed on "Marley & Me", which I find the choice absolutely correct.

I am not going to talk about the story here, but I definitely am going to say something about the feelings I got after watching. Of course to be perfectly honest here, I cried watching it (and I bet many people did too). The most beautiful thing is how the whole story is being carried out by paying equal attention on both human and animal. The flow of the story is just like our ordinary life - it goes like the stream, hit some rocks, stop by the banks to look at the scenery, and eventually come to the end of time.

We live longer than dog (counting by normal life span of no accident), we talk, perhaps we even have better intelligence than them. But that does not make them any less beautiful.

Apart from the short movie clip that I posted here before (made by a Japanese), titled "Love that is Irreplaceable", this movie recalls my memory of the time I had with my dogs since my young age, especially the one that I had who passed away last August.

(d0d0, passed away 9th Aug, 2008, after being with us for 12 years)

What I love most is the lines that John Grogan said at the end of the movie:

"A dog has no use for fancy cars, or big homes, or designer clothes. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about, how many people can make you feel rare, and pure, and special. How many people can make you feel extraordinary?"

They are close at heart, always...even you call him/her the worst dog in the world.

The relationship is simply irreplaceable.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Leap of Faith

We're taught to make comparison, to judge, to believe in fact. All these exist on a concrete foundation called "sense".

We always make sense.

But somehow there are things in this world require more than sense.

Just because we are the most intelligent species on the planet (so far) does not mean we are "know-it-all". Keeping an open mind is important because we never know what seems ridiculous may be something we wish for when we need miracle.

It's a type of hope that gives us the strength to carry on and break through. We may not be capable of explaining it to make sense to the brain but deep down inside we know the courage we take in believing and making that leap of faith is vital.

After all life would be dry if everything is moving according to the trail of logic.

Ride on that leap, who knows what broader view is awaiting ahead, right?


Ghost Whisperer, Leap of Faith - Part 1 of 5

Ghost Whisperer, Leap of Faith - Part 2 of 5

Ghost Whisperer, Leap of Faith - Part 3 of 5

Ghost Whisperer, Leap of Faith - Part 4 of 5

Ghost Whisperer, Leap of Faith - Part 5 of 5

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Finding Ourselves

We often got overwhelmed by obligations and expectations. Working so hard for "a better living" just to realize life has been spent in the process of making the living but not really living it at all. How ironic could it be?

Perhaps we ought to understand and accept the fact that the circle of life is not complete if we never have a chance to look at ourselves.

Do you know the reflection you see when you look into the mirror?

I am making a proposition: listen if you hear "I am lost" whispers from inside. Start the journey as soon as possible...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Central Control System

Assuming our brain is like a big building with countless of rooms (well still countless up until today) in it. With the fact of:

% brain of total body weight (150 pound human) = 2%
Average brain width = 140 mm
Average brain length = 167 mm
Average brain height = 93 mm

What do you see?

A student posted a question on "Ask a Scientist" (by the Dpt of Energy, USA) " what percentage of the brain does the average human use?" and he got this as the answer:

This is a very difficult question to address. Your brain is functioning at so many levels at any given time that to access exactly what parts and how much is being used is not feasible. In addition, many of the cells of the brain are for protective purposes and not related to function of the nervous system. This is why some people claim that the brain uses only a fraction of its mass when it fact the parts not being are not designed to be used. I haven't answered your question, but I do not think anyone can really.


A fairly interesting explanation. Perhaps that explains human beings are born with greater degree in having self-defense mechanism and probably that explains the nature of being selfish?

I cannot be sure of the assumptions I made based on the published statements but I think we have done digging the brain hard enough to make everything advances - technologies, innovations; and something the opposite way - environmental pollutions, at the same time. What lies beneath the discoveries and all these "physical" progresses? And what does all of the great achievements in making our everyday life more convenient and comfortable mean which contribute to the deterioration of the very original and tiny part of us that's called "heart"?

We think a lot. Our demand for more grows vigorously. We make our effort to ensure a higher chance to run the shows and feeling more and more insecure with every single things happening in life.

If one 2% of a 150lb control room can manipulate so much, imagine a group of politicians (sometimes they are more well-known with the name as "legally exist terrorist") can do (of course not forgetting some visionary entrepreneurs who know even better in running the play from the back)?


Anyway, another version of explanation says "we use 100% of our brain".

So whether we are using a small fraction of it (which means we have a big potential to change our brain usage for better, more humane and loving developments and progressions) or we have boost our 100% power and go further with helps from around us, try not to go extreme.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hold On Tight! Let's Go!

Suddenly a song started singing in my head and I tapped my fingers on the keyboard to find it.

It's amazing how sometimes we encounter/experience something that we might never be able to explain. Not knowing why some pictures or rhythm just sip through the veins and start building very solid feelings inside.

Could it be the title that rings a something? Who cares, I just let lose the thinking and sit back to listen...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Love is No Ordinary Crime

Some great movies are just too wrong if to miss. But what distinguish between a good or a bad movie? People have different taste and preference right? Ya, it is subjective. But somehow good movies have one thing in common: a good script.

Or shall I say, a nicely crafted and presented idea and story.

It is the intention of the movie to express the thinking and impact on viewers even after finish watching the movie.

Days ago I watched "The Pursuit of Happyness" for the second time, on HBO. This time I got the feelings even deeper than the fist time I watched it, and I also realized the real character that Will Smith played actually appeared right near the end of the show (because I read Chris Garder up after watching the movie and found out his look). That one thing that remain in my heart after seeing the story is the warmth and passion that one holds toward life no matter how hard it is.

Then I watched another great movie, called Breaking and Entering, a 2006 movie that did not show on cinemas here.

Breaking and Entering, sound action right? Nope it has nothing to do with cops-and-theives nor does it is anything about thriller.

It's about how we ordinary people see and deal with love when our thoughts and feelings are all over the place. What we usually do during then is something our common sense can never explain. Many people know "love is something unexplainable" but our not making any sense may actually put the one we love in a misery and hurt our love in return.

Sometimes when relationship go wrong, please don't ask your partner "why did you do that to me?" but rather take a little while to think "what is wrong with myself?"

Whether or not we look at ourselves straight in the eye determines how we deal with things around us including this very fragile part of our heart, and the result we're going to get.

It is indeed a good one!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Women, Hooray!

This day is marked on the 8th Mac of every calendar year since a century ago, as IWD (International Women Day). It is on this very specially dedicated day that every single effort of women in economic, political and social achievements are celebrated.

After a century of having this day to pay respect and also bringing the awareness about how we see and treat women we still see a lot of problems happening around the world causing women too feel vulnerable and helpless. Domestic abuse, sexual issues (including discrimination, harassment, violation etc), abortion, social status, legal rights and protections etc are amongst the issues that still require a lot of work.

On this day, different countries/places are having their own local NGOs and/or Government to help bring a little bit more of attention on showing recognition and respecting this equally important gender, I have participated a very interesting and touching performance in Gurney Plaza.

Art piece choreographed by Aida Redza, shows how women strive to fulfill not only their role but also the expectations of people, culture & society and neglecting/not having any chance to care for themselves yet still never being treated as the way they deserve.

I got this aching and sour feeling arouse from my heart when I see how a woman is not being appreciated even she had dedicated all her life and energy for the sake of everybody else but herself.

I hope more men and women are becoming aware of the importance of every single person in this world, regardless of gender, deserves the equality in fair treatment. I hope we people can soon (not like the past 100 years) realize: it is through respect we can make this world a better place.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Sometimes We Need To Be Reminded

....of many things. But mostly the positive attitude towards life.

We know "stay focus" and we are never stranger to persistence. When we meet obstacles down the road we tend to be provoked by how things actually like to hiccups when we desperately need smooth to come along although we know they never choose the time to come but how we make them appear.

According to Rhonda (the very popular author of The Secrets), we are the one responsible in attracting problems. Who would be so crazy to ask for problems? Look no further because I realized and agreed to her explanation too.

To be more precise, we did not intentionally ask problems to come but unintentionally invited them to be at present. How so? First, we fear something bad will happen when we are gliding smoothly; or secondly, we simply got so used to having smooth process in doing things until we become ignorant about appreciation in things and beings and/or remain the humility in seeing things.

Whether it is your over-worried or your ignorance, both also act like the spotlight over our head to become the target of problems.

Problems such as relationship, family, financial, career, health etc are so much of different people's concern. But remember one thing: Try practice compassion when problems arise.

One thing we can do about it is to confront the problems, and do two things: (1) examine past actions to find the core; (2) go look for solution, and move on.

What about the emotion part? Sit down and quiet the mind. The fact is we cannot make problems go away simply by frowning or throwing our anger.

Don't we know what we need to know and what we need to do? Yes of course!

Isn't it normal to have bad day? Definitely.

But somehow we need to be reminded that bad mood only steal away the fresh air. It is okay for not telling but do allow the emotion to be expressed or being put away from heart by all means.

I hope you feel better soon...

The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to STRUGGLE for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun. ~by Napoleon Hill

Friday, March 06, 2009

Michael Caine

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I watched The Dark Knight for the second time, and I love it. To be more precise I enjoyed not only the presentation of the whole movie, message and also how Heath Ledger has given The Joker a life but also the acting that is carried by this very respectful actor: Sir Michael Caine.

He really does have that sexy eyes and look, don't you agree?

A few days after watching Alfred Pennyworth, I see him in another marvelous role: Mr. Hobbs in Flawless.

If you are the kind of audience who enjoy watching fine crafted character and pay much attention in how the story is carried out, I strongly recommend this one.

".....are you a giver or a taker?" and most of all "patience is virtue".

(Can someone help me find his Alfie ?) ^_^

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Love That Is Irreplaceable

A friend of mine shared this clip. She said she's got reminded of her pet she once has. She cried after watching it. I watched and cried too, then went back to the forum where I wrote my pet a something, cried even worse.

Somehow there is some connection that cannot be expressed by words. And the bond that both shared is something going to last a long long time.

I did not make anything while she was around. But this clip really does touch me there right at my heart.

I am thankful that I had her.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Are You Giving Your Best Shot?

I saw this one when I was looking for the clip of that Lazy Leg. To me it isn't the stunts that really caught my eyes, although they are cute...

(from left: Jackson Spidell, Craig Henningsen, Chris Brewster, Matthew Mullins)

Anyway, to get a really synchronized action needs a lot of work. Not to mention there are all four of them doing the same thing with the same timing.

They were in that competition one year earlier (2006) but have to pull out because one of them injured his ankle. But they never give up on what they love and what they want to do. So instead of showing the world what they could do earlier, they have got an extra year of time to put in even more of their hard work into making their presentation better with even more practice and improvements, and to put more elements into their movements and they made it through until the semifinal round.

Well, although they did not win the competition but they have instantly become popular and that is definitely going to help them in the prospering of their training school.

Like they said, "for that one minute on stage we have done every single day".

In life we win some and lose some. What we lose may not necessarily be bad because we just never know how high it would push us to go way over the initial goal that we thought we deserved.

If you are feeling like giving up out there, ask yourself, "have you gone to their extent?" If you haven't, try harder; if you have, don't let go yet because you are almost there. Just push a little bit more!

A Message From God

We often find ourselves stuck in the situations worrying and hoping that things could be better not knowing we were actually given such opportunity to take a break from habit, routine and ignorance.

As usual I was looking through the emails, and I saw this one.

Thought it might worth sharing and also your time so I decided to put it up here.


To: You
Date: Today
From: God
Subject: Yourself
Reference: Life

This is God. Today I will be handling ALL of your problems for you. I do not need your help. So have a nice day.

I love you.

P.S. And, remember...

If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it yourself! Kindly put it in the SFGTD (Something For God To Do) box and I will get to it in MY TIME. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

Now you have a nice day.



Sunday, March 01, 2009


This is the second time I watch this movie.

Thanks to GSC (who'd sucked quite a lot of our money throughout the year and still happily sucking) from screening again the Oscar movies.

Anyway I have to say this first: I thought I'd have a peace of mind watching this movie since it isn't a new one anymore but I still had weird company - phone-talker, friends-chatter, and worst of all BIG SNORER!

Ok, back to the movie.

The beauty of watching a movie twice (or more; but I won't do that in repeat visit to cinema) is you get to pay more attention to the details. The whole movie went on well, and I was having a great time chewing and digesting the script as well as the actions.

I guess the most successful thing of this movie is how it's precisely described the bright and dark side of every man. Ya, you could be a noble person in every possible way you can but the one true face will only reveal itself when you're pushed to the limit.

How do you judge a person? With his/her past doings; or present actions?

What kind of sacrifice would you take for the sake of the person/place you love? How do you see yourself and your value in the faith/hope you have towards life?

Sometimes we are put in such a situation where our strengths and beliefs are seriously challenged and questioned. How can we carry ourselves through the dark and cold so that we may eventually reach the light?

Temptations to damnation are everywhere, very much when our faith is thin. They seduce us to bow to our vulnerability and surrender to our fear. And how do we get through it?

The night is darkest just before the dawn.
And I promise you, the dawn is coming!

I just love this movie!