20 July 2011

Common Sense Isn't So Common After All

I don’t know everything, but I do know what common sense is. I don’t always use it, but I know what it is. Unfortunately, I feel that I am in the minority when it comes to actually knowing what common sense is.

I noticed that our society these days are lacking of this one important quality in them. They can be professionals, politicians or corporates but that doesnt mean they have common sense built in them. Knowledge and common sense are two different things, each with their own purposes or uses. It is perfectly possible for a person to have all of the knowledge in the world, yet still unable to put it to any good use because of the absence of common sense.

A lot of times the above theory has proven right to me. Yesterday for instance, I was in the lift, three quarter filled with people. Then it stopped at one floor where a gentleman, properly dressed looking like a professional, standing & waiting to step in. And this gentleman by the way, was carrying a backpack on his back.

Here comes the moment where common sense should takes place. Common sense is the thinking process human goes through before he or she does something. For example, let's say a small child is filling a glass with milk. When she sees the milk rise to the top of the glass, she stops filling and puts the milk away. Now, no one ever "taught" her that the milk would overflow if she kept pouring, but she instead used her common sense to figure out that if the container was already full then it wouldn't be able to hold any more. See, you don't need knowledge to display common sense.

Now back to that gentleman & the lift story. Seeing that the lift was already three quarter full, he still stepped in. Okay, there's really nothing wrong with that coz there's still enough space for him. But then, with a wee bit of common sense, he would have taken off his backpack before he stepped in rather than squashing other people standing around him while he make an effort to fit himself in the crowd.

He had a choice to just be "the man in the lift" but chose not to & end up with all sort of cursed names for himself. His lack of common sense has created such an unpleasant & tense ambiance in that small, confined space - especially those squashed victims around him (which includes yours truly). A ride (in the lift) that is supposed to be pleasant (considering it's a ride "home") has turned out to be the ride of repulsion it seems.

As how Robert Green Ingersoll quotes, "It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense".

19 July 2011

Did You ?

3 years 9 months and 9 days
That's how long you took
( though it feels much longer than that)
to finally acknowledge
my existence......

13 July 2011

And I Wonder Why.......

By law, I am a Malay, by ancestry I am a mixed Chinese-Malay but in the heart I belongs to a human race. Today I am going to bitch about my own people. I know this is gonna be a very controversial issue (and I'm putting my life at stake here) but I really need to express how I feels.

I dont understand Malays....not all but some of them. The more I tried, the more I'm at lost. And having a s0-called Malay leader like Ibrahim Ali makes it even worse. Now dont make me start on Big Momma Rosmah & her blue diamond story!

Malays are actually one of a kind. You can never find any other races as unique as the Malays. Lazy, laid back& spoon-fed are often relate to the Malays. Drug addicts, incest, mat rempits, snatch thieves, bribery etc are in majority being monopolized by the Malays.

Rather than developing themselves ( spiritually & economically), they are more interested in joining reality shows....and can actually weep when they got voted out. I wonder if they would act the same when they didnt get good results for their exams.......nahhh, dont think so !

Few days ago, the singer, Yuna tweeted about an individual who questioned her for not speaking in Bahasa Melayu. This is the thing with the Malay's mentality. They'll say that you are showing off when you starts speaking in English. Poyo lah.....mata dah biru lah....mat saleh celup lah.... all sort of things will be thrown to you - just because you choose to be smarter than them.

What is so wrong for her to communicate using the international language? It's not like she's converting, for God's sake ! Malays' mentality is something you can never change. You'd better go & try to straighten up the Pisa Tower than trying to change their mentality towards the English language. All they can see is negativity. Bahasa penjajah la konon.....

Dont you think it's good to master both languages? Speaking in English doesnt mean you are forgetting your roots. If you cant speak the language, just sit quietly at one corner & shut up - dont go & condemn other people who are good at it & feels that you have contributed something to the nation when all you did is showing people how stupid you really are.

Ironically, these are the same people who have been spoiling Bahasa Melayu. I am so sick of reading the "new age" of Bahasa Melayu - in forums especially. "Itu" becomes "itew"...... "begitu" becomes "begitew".... "korang" becomes "korunk" ! What the heck are all those? Konon2 macam cool la kan? Fefeeling smart gitu ! And all I'm seeing is plain stupidity. Duhhhhhh !!!!

Another thing I hate most about Malays are their entrepreneurs & I dont mean those big tycoons who owns multi-million dollars of business. What I'm referring here are those who own small business facilities like food stalls, restaurants, grocery shops etc. In terms of customer service, Chinese are the best. And it's no surprise they contributed the most to Malaysia's economy. I'm sure you've encountered this before where you have to wait for more than 15 mins just to order your food. And when the waiter came, the way they treated you as if you owe them money it seems. No greetings, no smile, no nothing. Let alone to apologize for being late. Kirim salam la !

Superstitious is another Malay's favourite. I dont mind if believing in it will make them work harder or make them smarter. But what happen is the other way round. The Malays are forever attracted to something that could make them rich in an easy way. They couldnt understand the fact that there's no short cut to success.

I have an unfortunate experience with somebody who believes that money could just drop from the sky - literally "drop from the sky", ok. Rather than earning money to support his family, he would be very busy looking for old coins, ancient trays, antique keris which can be used to pull money out from the sky. He'll go to all corners of the country looking for all these stuff. Imagine how productive it was if that much of effort & energy are being put into a proper work. Such a sad truth, isnt it?

Skim Cepat Kaya. Do you ever noticed that Malays just love this kind of investment? And do you know why ? Easy...let me tell you. Simply because they are lazy - doesnt wanna work hard for money. So, when one smart ass offers them the express way to be rich, they'll just grab it. Dump all their money & sit while waiting to be millionaires. Hahaha....typical Malays !

By now half of the readers of this entry, the Malays in particular are already plotting my murder. Ok, I am not saying all Malays are useless but these minorities speaks volume......they are like mega open vessels. There are some good ones & had succeeded in life like the late Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin Amin (founder of NAZA), Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary (founder of Albukhary Foundation), Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim (Chairman of AmBank) to name a few but the number could be more if only we could change our attitude, mentality & thinking to the better.

Any Malays who read this might be thinking what kind of a Malay who would condemn her own people? Now before you start hurling accusations at me, the above are merely from an intellectual and academic point of view. if you could open up your mind for just a bit, you would realize that there's some truth, if not all, that lies in every sentence I wrote up there.

But if you fail to see it, it's just too bad then & for that, I am really sorry........

10 July 2011

Bravo Bersih 2.0

It's finally Friday - the most awaited day for the week as it is the gateway for another wonderful weekend. As a norm, Friday night is the night where I'll be meeting up my BFFs for another dose of good food & good chat.

You see, when a group of 40s (who still feel they are in their 20s) meet up, all you can expect is havoc. The moment we're together, all we ever care is to talk, laugh & kutuk-ing each other where possible, as if it's only us there. We're too engrossed with each other's company that even if Brad Pitt suddenly walks in, none if us would have noticed.

Last night was another rendezvous for us all & AU3 was chosen as the venue. Being a Friday night, bad traffic is expected everywhere in the city especially along MRR2. However, things are a bit different this time. The forever jammed packed highway doesnt look the same anymore - it's so clear that it only took us less than 20 mins to get there.

Pandan Indah main road has never been this clear on Friday night !

This is all due to the Bersih rally that is scheduled to take place in Saturday 9th. The paranoid BN government has been actively scaring the rakyat about this rally for the past few weeks that most people avoid from coming down to KL.

I am not saying that I support illegal demonstrations or street rally....but what do you suggest the rakyat to do? There's no freedom of speech in this country. We will have to face the risk to be detained under the ISA law if we're brave enuff to voice out our opinion.

Perhaps first thing to be considered is, why should they stop the rally - if it is a peaceful ones? I would say a democratic country should allow peaceful rally. BERSIH promotes awareness of fair election and suggests improvements to the current election systems, why should it be stopped for such good intention? To earn the respect from the people, the authorities should make violence as the last resort. They definitely have the choice to manage the crowds without using violence.

Anyway, I just would like to salute all the heroes and heroines who had been part of this most memorable movement in our Malaysian history. Thank you for trying to make this country a better place for us all & the next generations to come. Bravo !

08 July 2011

Pallazo Pant - The Review

Remember the pallazo pant I bought from the net recently? I was quite pleased with their service, by the way. They were very fast. I paid them today & the next day, wallahhh.....it's delivered to me already !

Tried it on the moment I could get hold of it - am so excited since this is the first purchase I ever made through the internet. My greatest fear is that the clothes woudnt fit me since I am not in the small / petite category where they never encounter such a problem.

All & all, I am satisfied with my purchase and the pallazo fits me perfectly well as though it was tailored for me * happy *. The material is okay - not that t-shirty type where it'll stick to my body like a swimming suit. Hence, there's no worries on VPL (visible panty lines) or my camel toe being exposed out in the open. I am glad they used a brown buttons instead of black as it does gives an impact to its looks. And it would be nicer if they include pockets too !

I've always loved pallazo pants - they are cool, comfortable and effortlessly chic, I would say. For somebody with a small hips like me, pallazo is a saviour as it adds a bit of curve and shape to my figureless shape. And I pesonally feels that it is also good to camouflage big hips.

Pictures : Credits to Mr. Google

So, how do we wear this pallazo pant? IMHO, pallazo pants are best worn with a slim-fitting top to balance out the volume on the bottom half. And use heels to complete the look. The flare bottoms can make the wearer looks shorter if these trousers are not worn with heels. Finally, the choice of material is also important - the lighter the fabrics are the better as it'll gives the pants plenty of drape and flow.

The model-wannabe.....

So, why not upgrade your wardrobe with this airy wide-legged pants? Be adventurous - add some excitement to your clothings. Who knows that guy you've been eyeing on all these whiles would finally noticed you !

07 July 2011

Sayonara Stinky Armpit

About a month ago I was in Watson looking for a deodorant. It was then that I noticed of this crystal stone thingy sitting side by side with other deodorants. Looking entirely different from the rest of his species immediately caught my attention to check it out.

It is a product from Total Image which is a natural mineral salt crystal that acts as a deodorant to combat body odour. Very interesting, I thought to myself while putting down the Nivea deodorant I intent to buy earlier. Why not give it a try then.

Anyway, the product information printed on the casing claims that crystal salt has been used for centuries in Asian countries and is one of the most effective remedies for body odour. Apparently, natural mineral salt is a great deodorant alternative for those with allergies or those concerned about the aluminium content in commercial deodorants.

Apart from that, they also claims that Smelly-No-More is an anti-bacterial, 300% more effective than other commercial deodorants and it is said to reduce perspiration without blocking the pores.

After a few weeks of use, I came to a verdict : mineral salt stick actually works ! It completely kills the body odour - really smelly no more ! I don't have strong body odour but I do get whiffs of it once in a while when I a bit more active than the normal days. But with this mineral salt stick, I am totally odourless - simply awesome.

If you happened to have BO problems, I suggest giving this a go - satisfaction guaranteed. There are 2 sizes available : 60 gm ( RM 16.90 ) and 120 g ( RM 24.90 ). To be honest, by looking at it even the 60 gm could last for years. Totally value for money !

06 July 2011

Does Quality Comes With Price?

About a year ago, I was given a handbag with a price tag of RM200 ++ which to my standard, is considered expensive. And honestly, I would never spend that much of money only for a handbag but since it was a gift from a friend, I accepted it with an open hand, of course.

The fact that it was the most expensive handbag I ever had ( so pathetically sad, isnt it? ), I didnt use it as often. Most of the time it would be carefully kept in its case, hoping that it would last forever ( again, pathetically sad.....).

Last week, I thought of using that particular handbag since it suits my entire outfit. Guess what happen? To my surprise, the outer layer skin of the bag has peeled off. I dont mind if it shed its skin to a better looking ones like the snake did it. But unfortunately it's not for this case.

The peeled skin has created a horrible patches around the bag. It was at the front, at the back, at the side, at the handle - they were practically everywhere......aarrgghhhh !!!! Though it's not my own money but I've only used it for not more than 10 times, for crying out loud !

Honestly, this is not the first time it happened to me but it IS the first time it happened to an "expensive" bag of mine...huhuhu. Quality does not always come in expensive price tags. And expensive price tags do not always mean quality. There are a lot of cheap items that still carry the quality one approves of, like my 2 year old 50 bucks handbag which is still in its best condition.

So, if you intent to buy an expensive handbag today, think twice. Why pay more when what you are getting doesnt worth the price !

05 July 2011

What ? Already ?

This is it ! The day I've been dreading to face - the day I am back to the office after 9 solid weeks. It was the longest period I've been away from the office (mind you, maternity leave is only 8 weeks ).

To be honest, I've been feeling the pressure since last week already. All sort of feelings have been playing around my mind and surprisingly "nervous" was one of them. Not really sure why I'm being nervous but being away from the office for such a long time makes me feel a bit out of the place. The sense of belonging was kindof missing from me which makes me feel somewhat like a stranger in my own office.

Coming back to work after a weekend itself is hard - imagine after 2 months ! Getting me out from the bed was really a challenge. It's not the waking up part that is killing me since I still woke up at the same time everyday during my sick leaves. It's the fact that I can no longer stayed at home doing the things I loved that kills me. No more watching movies in midday, no more baking in the evening & no more short naps in between ~ big sigh ~

Slow, sluggish & uninspired - that's how I felt the whole day. All I did was sitting in front of my laptop the whole day pretending to be working while my mind was wandering aimlessly trying to figure out where the heck those 9 weeks had gone to? I'll be needing at least a week or two to be able to get myself back into the humdrum of the work routine. It's not gonna be easy but what choice do I have. Well, at least I've got my buddies at the office that would help me going through it with less difficulties.

Anyway, it's being with my frens (especially my partner-in-crime who is sitting beside me) that I missed the most during my absence and being with them again is indeed a bliss !

04 July 2011

I've Juz Got Spanx-ed !!

I dont know what has gotten into me yesterday that I spent the whole evening having a shopping spree - virtual shopping, that is ! I am a bit (not yet overly, I hope) obsessed when it comes to beauty & fashion and the fact that I am an easily influenced person doesnt help much either. Beauty & fashion are like a big curse to me & gotten myself near it has always ended me up with disaster.

I was reading the Beauty & Fashion forum in Cari.com yesterday though I am very much aware that I am putting my wallet on jeopardy, knowing how weak my self-control is. And as expected, I was indeed hooked. @#$%&* !

I came across a thread that is discussing about Spanx. Have you ever heard of Spanx? For those who has never heard of it, Spanx is a U.S. company who manufactures body shaping undergarments / shapewear to give the wearer a slim and shapely appearance. Spanx has been in the market for more than 10 years where a number of Hollywood celebs. ( Oprah, Jennifer Alba & Beyonce, to name a few) have been using it. Good thing I didnt know about it earlier, else I must have gotten a few pairs of them in my closet by now.

Ok, I know I am not fat ( though my mind kept on telling me otherwise ) but I still have a teeney weeney bit of muffin tops on top of my pants - some lumps & bumps here n there that I wouldnt wanna be seen by others. From the reviews I've read in the forum, this Spanx will help to smooth me where I needed to be smoothed, lifted me where nature has dropped me (LOL) thus enhancing my figure. Well, less is more !

FYI, I've never made any online purchase before except for some cupcakes & chocolates. I dont believe in paying money for things I cant physically hold & looked at. But then, I guess I've accidentally (or rather intentionally? ) break the curse & unleash the evil within (yeah..yeah..yeah....put the blame on them instead).....huhuhu.

After going through their website & browsing all types of products they have to offer, I end up buying the Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit which is believed to be the firmest control in the Spanx range. This bodysuit goes right up over your whole tummy to your bra strap ( and includes straps so you can fasten the suit to your bra if you like) - like this :

For every product displayed, the slimming level for each one of them is stated and that is one of the reason ( and price is absolutely not it ) why I've chosen this particular ones. And guess what its slimming level is - it's SUPER-DUPER, babe!

Since it's being shipped all the way from US, it'll take approximately 5 - 6 days to get here. I simply cant wait for that day to arrive & when it did, I'll let you know how super-duper it is...... hahaha.

Anyway, my shopping doesnt stop there ( dammit !! ). Like how people used to say it, the hardest is only the first time - the subsequent endeavors will be as swift as the eagle flies. And as swiftly too, my money is flying out from my wallet.....uwaaaaa !!!!

It's not entirely my fault to begin with. Here's the thing : I love Pallazo pants so much & it's not easy to find one good Pallazo pants since they are not that in anymore these days. I dont know whether to call it luck or simply doomed ( luck for bumping into it & doomed for having to spend more money) but I could now put my quest to rest.

I have finally found my dreamed Pallazo pants. And I really hope it'll be as good as it looks on my laptop screen. Not only it has to look good but also makes me look good in it !

Nice kan?

01 July 2011

Hear Yie.....Hear Yie....

The image is linked - a click on it will take you to Cucina Della Mamma

I have an announcement to make to all my fellow readers. FYI, I've just created another blog under the name of Cucina Della Mamma ( which means Mummy's Kitchen in Italian ). There are hundreds of food blogs around & the creation of CDM is not to compete with anyone of them. I am way too naive & amateur to be even at par with them, let alone to compete with them.

It was Marsya who inspired me to create this blog & it was also her that I dedicated this blog to. I am neither a vampire nor a werewolf to be around forever. I am just a plain mortal who would one day leaves the world just like everybody else. And when that happens, Marsya wouldnt be able to enjoy my cooking anymore. Thus, this blog could at least help her to ease the pain of losing me by providing all the recipes of her favourite foods.....sob...sob.

I have actually removed all the recipes in Red Scoot On The Move & exported them to Cucina Della Mamma instead. Please feel free to browse those recipes & try them out if you'd like to. I hope I'll live long enough to witness Marsya trying out my recipes herself - and when that day arrives, it would definitely be one of the most emotional moments for both of us.

Long Live The Queen !!!

For the past few weeks, the Bersih rally was the most talk-about issue in all means of mass communications to the extent of making me puke already. Hold your breath as it's not about Bersih that I'm gonna rant about this time. As a matter of fact, it's nothing less controversial either.

I was at the hospital the other day for my surgery follow-up & was reading the papers to kill my time while waiting for the doc. And for the record, it was Utusan Malaysia & as usual it is full with junks to propagate the government ( tell me something new duhhhh !!!! ).

Things got a lil bit interesting the moment I turned to the second page. The second page is by the way, called "Album Hari Ini" where it was filled with pics of the happenings around the country.

The 1st pic. immediately attracts my attention to fully dissect it. It was a picture of the nation's VVIP's backbones - their women, that is. Though the picture of the glamorous Sarawak's Chief Minister was there, I was more drawn to the lady in front of her who is our very own Queen.

If it's not bcoz of the details provided for each pic, I wouldnt have noticed it was the Queen in the picture. I had to rub my eyes a few times to make sure that my eyes are not playing tricks on me. I know I am bad but I really have to say this : where's her sense of fashion, for god's sake? You see, money cant buy everything & style is definitely one of them !

I wish I could comment more but knowing she's the Queen, I'd better not to. For all I know, I might be detained under the ISA law if I were to pen down all these cruel & nasty thoughts I have in mind right now.

Anyway, seeing is believing - so, here's the said pic. :

.... a picture speaks a thousand words....

I rest my case.