Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Rainy Day

Lately, the hot weather is frequently punctuated with rainy days. I love rainy days even though it means that the day's laundry will not dry. But at least, the temperature is brought down, which is good. Hot days make me hot-tempered. Rainy days make me happy.

The other day, I had to do umbrella trekking through a pathway at my office. Oh my...

Umbrellas for sale. Anyone?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Life-Long Learning

Some time ago, a friend of mine raised this question, "How many years have you been to school for?" It made me pondered awhile. Calculating in my mind, I had...

2 years of kindergarten, which I can only recall bits and pieces of, like dressing up in a nice, white dress and performing in the year end concert :p

6 years of primary school, during which I joined the band and played the drum once, did track and field events and was a member of Brownies

7 years of secondary school, where I vividly remembered how torturing studying History was and how interesting and exciting the lab sessions were, did abit of track and field and played alot of badminton and table tennis, had posts and memberships in 20 clubs more or less and fell asleep a few times in Physics class and my Physics teacher, who was really kind, thought I was sick (Umm...I'm not sick, I'm just sleepy, a normal syndrome of over-stressed secondary school kids)

3 years of undergraduate studies, during which I really enjoyed myself despite the assignments, projects and exams, made lots of good friends, 3 of whom were the closest till this day (we were known back then as the 4 Musketeers), went dating with Mr Talkative and his big, black shoes :p ( la, he did not have any more big, black shoes then, just big shoes)

and 2 years of postgraduate, where I learnt alot under the supervision of an intelligent, smart, kind, patient, caring and understanding supervisor, who pushed me to do better and better each day.

That's a total of 20 years of education. At the age of 28, that is approximately 71% of my life I've been to school for. This number has to be added to a projected 3 more years of postgraduate studies to come over the next 5 years. This statistics is not much, compared to my cousin who went to pre-school at the age of 2 years old or compared with some others who never stop attending school even though they have graduated.

Learning is a life-long process. You never stop learning whether or not you attend school. I truly believe that learning helps us handle our lives better. The knowledge that you gained over the years of learning will last you for a lifetime. I feel much more secure with the fact that I have knowledge in my head rather than cash in my pocket. But of course, I do not mind having cash in my pocket. Then, I can buy more Kinder Bueno. Hehe...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pizzas @ Bella Italia

The other day, a bunch of us friends went to have pizzas at the Bella Italia.

In total, we ordered 4 pan pizzas and stuffed ourselves to the limit. The thin crust pizzas were very nice, different from the Hut's thin crust pizzas.

We had the Pinnochio pizza, which was topped with bai ling mushroom, ham shreds, chicken shreds and pepperoni.

There was also the Hawaiian, topped with pineapple cubes and chicken shreds.

Another one which we ordered was a half-half pizza. One half consists of the Vegetarian pizza, while the other half was the Funghi pizza. The Vegetarian pizza was topped with cauliflower, broccoli, capsicum, diced tomato and pineapple cubes. The Funghi pizza was topped with what looked like sliced Shittake mushrooms or some similar mushrooms. This pizza was especially nice that we decided to order another one full Funghi pizza, which I didn't had the chance to take a photo of, as it was immediately snatched up slice by slice by hungry hands, mine included. Haha...

Oooo, really yummy!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Emperor Dragon's Whiskers

No, this is not a movie. It's not cat food either. It's just a normal snack of crushed peanuts wrapped in sweetened flour dough. But such an elaborated name nonetheless.

I love to eat it. It's just so simple and nice. I bought this snack at the Kuching Food and Trade Fair. This Whiskers stall can normally be found when there is some sort of food festival being held, i.e. in conjunction with Kuching City Day, Moon Cake Festival, Pre-Chinese New Year and the likes of those festivals. I have no idea where these people sell Whiskers during the non-festival periods. I have never actually seen any shops or stalls selling Whiskers for that matter. I wonder if they only sell during festivals and have no shop whatsoever outside the festival times.

Guess I will have to wait for the next festival to come to go hunt for my Whiskers.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Rainbow Ring

Yesterday, we have this rainbow ring around the sun phenomenon again. This is the third time this phenomenon is seen in Kuching skies this year. This time, I managed to snap some photos of it.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

She Can Melt!

Last year, a bunch of us colleagues made friends with a girl from another office. We met while attending an internal organization course. She's a very nice, petite girl; small size, thin and most of all, extremely fair.

As time passed, we all became closer friends and met quite regularly for lunch, sometimes up to once a week to gather and gossip exchange news updates. Today, we had lunch again in conjunction with the farewell of one of our mutual friends who is furthering her studies overseas. This time, my friend drove us to an Italian restaurant for pizza. When I got on her car, wow..... or maybe..... walau eh.....

She's got every inch of her body covered up, including her face. Gosh, no wonder she is extremely fair. friend, this is not to criticise you but we are all so amazed with how you are able to keep yourself out of the sun so effortlessly.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fourth Trimester

I am now in my fourth trimester. This is my front view.

And this is my side view.

Gosh, carry for 9 months, come out still need to carry. I really felt like the time when I was 8 months pregnant. The little brat is now 8 months old and weighs about 10kg. My bones threatened to break. Although she is not grossly overweight, we tried to keep her weight within the average weight range. She is now nearing the borderline weight for her age. Most of my friends said chubby babies are cuter. OK, they obviously did not realise that chubby baby = broken-bone-muscle-pain-tired mummy.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Beware Aedes Mosquitoes

Beware Aedes mosquitoes! I'm coming to get you for attacking our baby. @#$%!

Just these two days, our baby had been covered with mosquito bites all over her head, face, hands and legs.

So pitiful! Her beautiful, fair and smooth skin is now full of marks. Hope it will heal fine. Damn those mosquitoes!

The other night, we went to buy an insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away from our baby. Hope it works.

P/S: Sorry for the crappy photo quality. Those photos are taken with a handphone camera under horrible lightings.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Significant Difference in Life

Recently, my friend lamented that her life has been totally changed with the birth of her son. Everything changed so dramatically for her. Life for her had become totally different to the extent that she cannot fully accept it. She had no time to go out and have fun anymore, something that she loved and used to do. She feared so much even to get pregnant again now. Not so soon she said, I need rest and I need fun and I need to go out and I need to go play and I need sleep. So, second child will have to wait.

Yesterday, she showed me two pictures of her aquarium.

This is the picture of her aquarium before she gave birth. Nice eh?

This is the picture of her aquarium after she gave birth.

OMG! According to her, not only the aquarium became horribly dirty but the fishes and plants died too. Awww...poor fishes. Second child will definitely have to wait.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Baby Walker

Last weekend, we went to buy a baby walker for our baby. Although she has yet to learn how to sit well and has not learn to crawl, she seems to be very keen in standing up and trying to pace. So, we thought to let her sit using the baby walker so that she can learn to sit, as well as, stand up and pace as often as she likes.

This baby walker can even be transformed into a rocking chair.

~Sigh~ Kids nowadays. Tsk, tsk, tsk... Spoilt brat!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Weirdest Colour Ever

Two days ago, when I was walking along some eating stalls, I noticed a very weird coloured drink. You see, it was striking light blue in colour. What the heck! Even my eyes were painful looking at it.

As you can see, the corn drink is yellow in colour and the milo drink is dark brown in colour. But the stall owner did not label the striking light blue drink. My friends and I were wondering what drink it was until we came to another stall and saw this.

Huh? Honey dew??? Since when is honey dew light blue in colour? Looked more like when I had my water colour brush dipped into a container of water after painting the sky.