Friday, December 12, 2008

New Badminton Racquet and Shoe

This is one of my last minute move to reduce Income Tax for the Year 2008. After reading an article from Personal Money magazine, I found out that the deduction for sports equipment is as much as RM300. Since I am active in playing badminton (we play every Wed evening) and I don't even have a proper pair of Badminton shoes, own racquet and a racquet bag, I make a point to buy one for myself.

So coincidence that when I went to the Post Office in Sri Muda to send letters, there is a Sports shop next to it. While waiting for my turn in a long queue, I went inside the shop. The shopkeeper kepts promoting this Apacs racquet. The price is quite reasonable. Below are the breakdown of the costs:
i) Racquet + String + guard = RM90
ii) 2 Compartment Racquet Bag = RM29
iii) A pair of Shoes + Shoe Bag= RM59
iv) A pair of Socks = RM6

Total is about RM184.00

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Journey of Driving Home

Today is a public holiday for Selangor, moreover it was raining in the late evening, therefore can't avoid from the terrible traffic jam. 

As usual, it took me about 20 minutes to move from Jalan Bintang to the road infront of Pudu Jail(though the distance is less than 1km). While waiting for the green light, I managed to read a short article in the latest issue of Eye Asia. That is an interesting story about how to think out of the box: how are you going to sell a comb to a monk? If you are creative enough, share with me on your suggestion(s).

The traffic jam is quite serious, so I decided to listen to my "Mangala Sutta" CD. I think this is a good choice for those who are trapped in the traffic jam, it makes me feels calm and delightful, I am not sure whether it can work for you.  While appreciating the Sutta, I turned to my right hand side and saw the Masjid Albukhary, this white building looks more beautiful with lighting, quite charming...that's the beauty of being a Malaysian; we may enjoy the cross cultural assets simultaneously.

What I will further recommend is to listen to the sutta again and again until you reach home. By doing so, we may be able to realize how's easily we get bored, we just can't concentrate and stick to the same/ repetitious music, song or situation. The process of "endurance" is also the process of meditation in daily life. 

Btw, today is Thursday and it is my group sitting day in the Vipassana Centre, Jason is waiting for me there.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Star

Finally our Christmas Tree has a Star on top of it... Thanks to Poh Lain who bought it in Metrojaya in Bukit Bintang.

Our Nicely Decorated Christmas Tree

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Gem of Life 珠光寶氣

Poh Lain and I are currently following this drama series. We are so addicted to it that sometimes we will watch it till late at night. This drama is shown in Astro On Demand where by right we should be paying to watch it. But, thanks to the internet and some nice people who are willing to upload it. Anyone would like to watch it, you can download it at here.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Painting Day

Today is a "Painting Day" for both of us. We have been staying in this house for about 4 years when we first moved in on the 26th Dec 2004.

Before the painting, you can see the rust clearly. It definitely needs some new paint over it.

We started painting after our breakfast at about 10:00am. The first round of paint took us 4 hours to complete. Poh Lain had actually wiped out some dirts on the grills the day before. We had a 2 hours break for our lunch and some rest. We started again at 4:30pm for the 2nd round of painting to touch up those area which we left out. It looks better when there are 2 layers of paint on it. Our mission accomplished at 7:00pm and we celebrated by eating steamboat in a nearby restaurant in Kota Kemuning.

Poh Lain in action !

See the difference before and after the painting !

It is even nicer when decorated with my green plants

Nice or not? It is definitely worth our efforts.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I think this is the first movie we watch in a cinema this year.

At first we plan to watch Madagascar2, but too bad the tickets were sold out. We ended up watching Twilight. Nice show...thumbs up !!

Our Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas to everybody !!
This tree is already 3 years old...every year we will set up and decorate this tree. We have more ornaments this year because Poh Lain brought some back from her office.

Where is the "Star" on top of the tree? We have to buy one soon !

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Janice & Chris Wedding Dinner

This is the 3rd Wedding Dinner I attend for the month of November. The dinner was held in a restaurant in Seri Kembangan. Not many of my ex-coursemates turn up. Only 1 table is occupied although 2 tables were reserved for us.

From right: Jaspal's bro, Jaspal, Bawanee, Kong Hoe, Theresa, Tong and Chin Chong.

Both Janice and her husband are about the same height. The dinner was nice and this is the first time the owner of the restaurant came out to ask us to comment about the food. She also asked us to introduce people to her restaurant where she will give discounts... this is one of the example of customer relationship management.

Christmas Shopping

Christmas is around the corner. Most of the shopping malls are already decorated with Chrismas trees. After meeting with Mei Fong and gang, we went to MidValley for window shopping, bought a small present (A Tray where one can put in photos) for Seen Lan's Housewarming party.

So many Christmas trees at the Center Court of MidValley.

Gathering with GS Friends

Gathering with my ex-colleague from Genting Sanyen. The purpose is for Mei Fong to give us her wedding invitation card and also her wedding photos. We met in Starbucks, The Gardens.

From left: Choon Hong, Wee Tau, Jacky, Mei Fong, Yuen, Pui Kuan and Kai Rou

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Our 3rd Anniversary

Today is our 3rd Wedding Anniversary...Time flies...

Darling, thank you for your love and support you have given to me all these while. You are the love of my life and I'll be yours forever...I Love You Darling !

At first, we planned to have buffet dinner in Jogoya but too bad it was so full. We chose not to wait and went to another Japanese Restaurant in Pavillion - Kampachi.

Posing in front of the restaurant

Gift exchange at home...Nice bag :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

House Inspection

Leonard and I become house inspectors on that day. Since both of us are so free on Monday, we went to Shin Lee and John's new house in Taman Bukit Puchong. They just got the key and wanted to check for defects. More eyes are better...We spent more than 2 hours there. We found about only 20 defects in the house. The workmanship of the developer is quite good.

Posing in front of the gate...House No 108...BIG HOUSE

Leonard is pointing to crack on the tiles of the kitchen floor

John is smiling house mah :)

Shin Lee is marking the defects on a masking tape

After that, Leonard and I went to SK to fetch Boon Hui and had lunch there. Then, we proceed to Mid Valley for shopping

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Bazaar at 3rd Mile Square

It is a new place to lepak or jalan-jalan ...not many stalls at the moment.

This is the map to the 3rd Mile Square

Although not many stalls, Mum and Poh Lain managed to get 2 dresses each. We spent there about 40 min. After that, we went to Amcorp Mall to see the Flea Market.

Happy Birthday to Tony !

We bought him an Ice-Cream cake with Chocolate flavour. There will be more birthdays lining up...most of our siblings and family members are Year-End babies.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Halloween Night

It is actually my company's annual dinner and the theme is Halloween Night ! Both of us planned to dressed up for the night so that we could enjoy being someone ugly. We bought a mask and the red hair in Sg Wang Plaza. To cut cost, Poh Lain actually handmade our dracula coat. We just bought 2 black pieces of cloth in Tesco and Poh Lain sewed it. It is done so professionally that no one noticed that they are actually handmade. Thanks darling for your hardwork and late night work. The horns are borrowed from Poh Lain's colleague. The horn can be lighted (running on batteries) and have a heart in the middle.

The Bull and the Cow Monster

I looked very kanasai...the one beside me got the Best Dress for Men

Ghost with wings

The one with the white cloth looks very scary..very budget costume

The witches

Posing with my Line Manager

Shrek came to the wrong party...not scary at all

Trying to kill Shrek

Are we scary? We are going to haunt you tonight !! Wahahahaha

The stage backdrop....nicely decorated

She got the best dress for female...scary...I wonder how is she going to eat.

Posing with Mrs Wong

Posing with my Team members

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Birthday to Wilson !

A small birthday party to celebrate my eldest brother's birthday... Mum cooked some nice dishes that night. Lawrence and Anne also came over to celebrate.

Wilson is blowing the candles

Group photos....

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wedding Dinners - Teo YL and Jien

Nov 1 - Teo and Jacy's Wedding in Puchong
The dinner was in Tai Thong Imperial Palace Restaurant. As usual, it started around 8:30pm although the invitation card stated 7:00pm sharp. It is Malaysian Time.. Nice to have met up with my UNITEN IT Coursemates. Everyone looks pretty much the same.. The bridegroom had too much Red Wine as shown in the picture below.

Nov 15 - Chin Jien & On Ling's Wedding in Raub
We started our journey to Raub at 4:30pm. Picked up Ryan in Summit as 3 of us carpool there. It took us about 7pm to reach Raub. We were surprised that most of the tables were full. The dinner started at 7:15pm... unlike the one in Puchong. It also ended as early as 9:30pm. We reached home before 12 midnight. The food there is nicer than the one in Tai Thong, Puchong. Jien was very happy that night with his trademark smile. His wife is very pretty :)