Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Cry - The Book I Want To Throw Away

I bought this book because....well, the story sounded interesting. Not gonna write anything more than....I hate it. LOL.

It's a psychological thriller that challenges your own sound mind. I read books because they are either interesting, funny, has got a catch, a crime novel that makes sense and is educational, gives me insight into another person's world or mind, challenges my imagination or inspirational.

This book challenges my sound imagination in a terribly wrong way. It's a book I want to give away. For free. Takers?

There is nothing wrong with the writer but there is something wrong with the characters. When I read, I absorb and I feel like a part of the story. It's a psycho-thriller, by the way. It might even make a good movie. It is something like a really saddening Korean drama. Yeah...something like that. The characters are out of their minds, thinking in a berserk way. Everyone going nuts because of a mistake. One small mistake and everything kabooms. Yeah, something like that. 

I didn't want to be in any part of the story. Not as the shopkeeper not the beat-up car that they drove.

To make it short and sweet, these are the kind of books that I keep around me.

Food. Yoga. Humanity. Kindness, Happiness and more food.

That's the way I like my books.

Funny. I am currently reading a funny novel right now but it is nowhere to be seen. T.T

Anyway, it's been a very good weekend so, let's look forward to the weekend weekday with a positive light.

Who wants this The Cry book please let me have your address, I will send it to you free of charge. That's how much it disturbed me. LOL


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Mind

Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form. - Buddha

Friday, July 18, 2014

Netizens Can Be Crazy Scary On Social Media

I do not wish to put the photo here because of 2 reasons:-

1. I think she got the message
2. It would give her extra popularity

Anyway, I am talking about the CDM25 incident. For those of you non-Malaysians or people who are curious, you can check anywhere, ANY social media or even Google, you can find it. LOL. #IBelieveInYou

In the nutshell, there was this lady who was driving her brand new Peugeot around with the number plate CDM25 (hence the hastag and keyword) one fine day when someone gave her a fender bender. She basically went completely bongcus and someone got it down on video and posted the thing on YouTube. She took the senior citizen's car keys away, demanded RM2k for repairs (like REALLLYYYYYYYY????!!!! HAHAHA), swung a steering wheel lock around and hammered the thing at the elderly man's car multiple times.

She was basically behaving like a woman having her period. Anyway, that didn't take the cake. She hurled racial insults at him like 'You are Chinese, I know your INTENTIONNNNNNN!' and 'He's Chinese, he is a crook'.



Anyway, a lot of people have that covered. In fact, she achieved (sort of) celebrity status by being interviewed by famous people and even got on air with a local radio station.

Shakes head.

So, I am not gonna write about that already, you can find it all if you have social media. Or Google. Or a smartphone....time to ask Siri or Galaxy these questions. LOL. What I am going to write about is that netizens are sometimes really scary.

This woman was hunted down in less than 24 hours, her home was revealed, and all her personal information including personal identification, place she works at, her business Facebook page, what she ate for dinner the night before. This is really FBI and CIA stuff we are talking about....just using the internet.

I applaud these people. In the case of CDM25, she deserves it (although I have to admit that we have to toe the line so that we don't turn in cyber bullies).

This reminds me of something that happened last year in the KPop world which really just....made me see the world in black and white. Too much colors. I am a fan of some older KPop bands which includes the likes of Shinhwa and TVXQ. So, last year, rumors of one of the boys from TVXQ was dating started popping up on Tumblr and Twitter. I got curious (like everyone else who use these social media sites but not like I care if one of them is dating they are not monks).

Just like the instance of CDM25, the mystery-solving skills of these people is mind-blowing. They managed to point out who the person is based on this picture. They were not just guessing. They were prettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy darn SURE that it was him in this girl's picture. She posted it because she wanted to share pictures of her 'home-cooked food' with her followers.

Ta da!

I am telling ya...these people are simply amazing. I love Changmin but I can't even tell it's him. On a spoon.

Incredible, right?

I know. We should hire these people to find missing jets and hunt down terrorists.

The internet. You have to love it and hate it.


p.s. Today is a really sad day to wake up to. Heard about MAS airliner was mindlessly shot down. Another MAS incident in a single year and it's only July. Man. I send my deepest condolences to families and friends of those affected. This is a f-g shitty year for Malaysia.

p.p.s. I have to send out a condolence to myself because just found out that a friend, her husband and little baby were on the flight. Stinks, I tell you.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Malaysian Homeless People and Soup Kitchens

It sure took me some time to write something about a topic that's sent my country, Malaysia, into quite a bit of a shock.
The reason for the rising number of homeless people in the streets of Kuala Lumpur is the same as everywhere else in the world — urban migration for better economic opportunities, wage stagnation and rising costs of living. Rising rent, utility costs and fuel costs mean that low-income individuals who were previously able to rent rooms in the city are now no longer able to afford the same.
The authorities are basically saying two things:-

  • People are homeless because they are lazy
  • People who provide free food for these people are committing crimes
No matter how many times I try to look at the whole issue, I just can't find logic in it. People who made these sweeping statements have not BEEN down to the streets to see how bad things are for some of these homeless people. They have not have to sleep on nothing but cardbox boxes. It is not like they have to, you know what I mean?

But the rest of us who have faced hardship, abandonment, helplessness, health issues, fear, and sadness about not being able to pick ourselves up....we have. We have seen what the bottom of the pit looks like. That is why we go out of our way to do something to help these people, not because we want to encourage them to continue being homeless and helpless. 

The point is to give them hope. There ARE people who are willing to help. There are people who do not think things are over for them. There is still a tunnel to climb through. Climb. In the meantime, here's some food.

I do not see why these soup kitchens have to be ordered out of town and thought to be committing a crime when they do that.

There are homeless people everywhere. Even in established nations like United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, you name it they have it. It is not something that is unique to Malaysia. In fact, if you want to look even closer, I have seen aunties in Hong Kong collecting recycled items to sell, dressed in shrubby clothing and pushing a cart along the walkway. I have also seen some artists trying to make a living off the streets of Singapore. I have also seen beggars in dark subway tunnels of South Korea, on the wet stairs who look like they needed a shower ten days ago, heads bowed and begging.

We should have more compassion and a heart. I hope the few heartless authorities will find a heart in the left chest cavity of their bodies soon.

And Kudos to the advert people of Nandos who came up with this advert. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Life gets dull, get creating

I don't know when I started looking for home-made or hand-made soaps but I think it has something to do with the time when I was looking at the sheer the number of empty but still-usable pump bottles of shampoos and shower creams that were emptied out.

I felt like...damn, that's a waste. It's gonna end up in the ocean. In some whale's stomach.

So, I try recycling them and stuff which is something each and everyone should do anyway, right? Let's all try and make an effort. Bottom level.

Anyway, I got interested in buying home-made soaps and looked at some videos and reading stuff that I can get my laptop and phone on and decided to go for a class.

The class ain't cheap. But OK, it's an investment of sorts. For the family. For me and my kids.

The class was really eye-opening. Never knew that you had to deal with such corrosive stuff when dealing with soap. My class was for Cold Press soap-making process. We had to deal with NoAH (Lye) which is super alkaline. I thought acid was bad, alkaline was good.

Thought shattered.

Another thing that really opened my eye? THE. MATH. THE MATH.

I am a writer. A words person. Words, stories and poetry keeps me captivated.

Numbers zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

But the amazing thing is that I kept up. I came home, I did my own calculations (although there is a website, as I have discovered, that does the whole thing for you) and I managed to kill the thing. Kill the whole calculation process.

It depends on what you want your soap to be like, you see. If you want to soften your skin, to clean your clothes, to clear out acne, to have therapeutic effect or to just clean your dirty all boils down to the kind of oils you want to use.

And the amount of corrosive stuff.

And the amount of liquid/milk/super fat/whateverYOLO

Anyway, it was really fun at the workshop. I guess I did it because it is a kind of outlet that I can find during a really dead-end day.

This was fun.

Here's my soap. It looks like cake, it's not. I need to wait 4-6 weeks before I can use it.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Video: Who Am I?

Never let the way people think what you should be like stop you from living the only life you are given. This boy has been waiting to write an apology the a self he previously thought he hated. It must be hard to live with the person that you are born to be like and struggle to be a person you want to be.

Have a pleasant day. It's Thursday. Almost weekend. Can you smell it already? I was struggling with throat infection all week long but am on the road to recovery now. But damn, I sound sexy right now. LOL


Friday, June 20, 2014

Joke: If Robbers Came To My House

If robbers come in my house and search for money.... i would just laugh and search with them. Sent from Funny Jokes

Friday, June 13, 2014

I Need A New Baby

Today, finally dragged my (and my son's) butt to the National Registration Department to get my younger son's IC done. I have been dragging this out since he turned 12, which was more than 2 months ago.

I think there is more to this act of procrastination than just laziness. There is the 'letting go' part that many non-parents don't feel or see or recognize.

No, he is not leaving home yet but it is sort of a mark in his life and mine that signifies that he is officially a Malaysian citizen, not having to sit under the umbrella of his parents' names and identities. I told him if he stole something or did something bad now, he would have to be accountable as a citizen of Malaysia now. LOL

As a parent, I dragged my feet a little because it means that he is no longer my baby. I have no baby left in this house so, I got plants. Hahahaha! No, I am not ready for a pet, thank you. It sort of feel like if he wanted to do something 'mature', I would have to let him now that he is 'big enough'.

I don't know, I got over that thing just in time because school holidays would be over soon and I don't want him to have to miss class just to get his IC done. So, on the last working day of this two-week school holiday, I got it done. Don't say I don't live dangerously. ;-)

Here, meet (one of my) new baby,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Son of a Tribal Woman

When I read this story about this American whose mother belongs to a tribe in a dense jungle of Brasil's Amazon, I was, like, FOR REAL? Maybe because Brasil's so huge and many parts of the jungles continue to thrive that these villages and tribes continues to exist today.

For some of us who are exposed to the Internet every single day, looking at reality and pictures that tells us about these people, continues to be shocking. Some parts of the world are untouched by mankind amazing.

Apart from learning about this particular tribe through the article, I also formed another opinion, which is the fact that when you are a mother, you are a mother forever. Just like how the son finally trekked his way into the Amazon jungle to find his mom, he just knew he had found her just by looking at her right in the eyes. You will just know.

Anyway, my legs are absolutely aching right now because I have been standing at my table (my manually converted standing table) for hours now, typing and working and I desperately need to sit down and read my phone or something. LOL

By, click on the link to read the story. It's intriguing (for me).


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cyndi Lauper, A Memoir

I didn't really want to tell anyone I actually bought and read a Cyndi Lauper. People will instantly tag you as 'wooo wooo woooo' in their minds because Lauper isn't exactly the best singer around, she isn't the most elegant either. The last hit she had was like....a really long time ago so, why would I pick her 'memoir' (as some of you might scoff at). Her singing style sometimes induces headaches and fashion-wise, she is right up there with Lady Gaga (and she right off the bat says it like it is, she admits it).

She is so different and way out there that you wonder 'Gosh, what was she thinking?!'

And THAT...was why I bought the book. AND the fact that I accidentally heard 'Time after time' on the radio and thought to myself that this was one of my favorite karaoke songs to sing.

I just want to know what goes on inside her head, for her to make such dramatic fashion decisions. Is she some kind of sick attention-grabbing person who is so narcissistic that her twitter account would have like a million, gazillion selfies?

In my personal opinion, she is and she isn't. As much attention as she desires, it appears that, in my personal opinion, has a lot of heart and respect towards her work and art. Now, I have to put it out here that we have to maintain a different stance when it comes to DEFINITION of art but yes, she loves what she does and is passionate to the very last second that she is given to be on stage. And most importantly, she believes that she can make a difference in her own way.

She had a lot of problems with her voice but you know what? When you sing the way she does, you WILL  have problems with your voice. But that's the way Cyndi Lauper is and you can't turn Cyndi Lauper into Whitney Houston all of a sudden because it wouldn't be Cyndi Lauper anymore, it would be like Wyndi Hauper. So, her vocal coaches had to work their way around it. That, was interesting.

She writes in a way that she would talk

For instance, this is a quote from the book itself.

Then I started filming and realized what a pain in the ass it was going to be with these people

You get a lot of that but I think that's what kept me reading and not throw it into the trash. But then again, there were a lot of aspects about the entertainment industry that struck a note with me so, THAT could also be one of the reasons why I could see things from her view for a while and go....ooohhhhhh yes.

There are things that people like you and me don't get and I still don't get even after reading the fashion sense. But to each his or her own when it comes to things like this.

She pulled out a few punches against a couple of actors, actresses and other entertainers which was LOLing. She just doesn't give a shit.

What surprised me was her commitment and continued support towards the LGBT community and she explains right from the start the reason why. She writes about her close relationship and mutual reliance with her elder sister and people who were within the community which fuels her desire to bring attention to LGBT people every chance she gets. As we all know, after the last hit she had, each opportunity became more precious than the other.

We might not be able to draw a comparison between Cyndi Lauper with Mahatma Gandhi or Barrack Obama or whatever important political figure you can think of (except for Adolf Hitler. I think much more of Cyndi Lauper than Adolf Hitler) but it is her story and she shared it with me, and whatever positive that I can find in the book, she asks that I take it with me.

Once again, I quote the book.

You have to just try. Otherwise, you are just gonna be saying should've, could've, would've and you don't want to be saying that in your life. And if you get to the top of the mountain, share your story. 

I give the book a 3.3/5.