Thursday, September 14, 2006

Merdeka di Bukit Fraser

2 weekends ago, I...

Went to Fraser's Hill to hike and camp...

And during the hike, attempted to vandalize signs along the trail

Since it rained, I wore a blue garbage bag and walked around, while the rest used their ponchos, packpack cover and banana leaf

As the sun was setting, sat on a bench and enjoyed the mountain view

Because of the downpour, scraped our camping plans and got ourselves a bungalow to spend the night. At night, sat in the garden sipping hot drinks and lighting tanglungs as the skies lit up with Merdeka celebration fireworks

Had a hearty breakfast of luncheon meat, and egg soaked in lard, and other sinful stuff (~~slurp)

I even helped a ninja-wannabe do up his hair
:) Am still dreaming of the time when I can wake up, get out of the house and look at beautiful scenery everyday, just like I did over the weekend.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Being a Fierce Cili Padi

This day in history, Lydia successfully displayed her fierceness in it's full fiery form..

Yes, I, the one who can never scold others properly, successfully unleashed fire, to achieve desired effect, that is to stop the *tormenting* of others.

My normal attempts at scolding would go something like this:
Me: "Stop playing with my flabs! Kenot simply touch"
Tormentor sings "I believe I can fly.." while flapping arms

No skills whatsoever in scolding right?
So, you may wonder "What has warranted such anger, that I managed to boost my scolding-skill-level overnight?"

All because of this:
One evening after work, I was happily doing my laps in the swimming pool when I hear shouts of "amoi.. amoi..". I stop to look, a bunch of teenage guys trying to main with me. Me thinks, "OK never mind, biasa la.. dowan to peduli, just continue swimming". The next few laps, every time I reached the shallow end where they were standing, one of them would conveniently swim right in front of me (when the pool is sooo big), or stay submerged somewhere along the path I swam. I think again "What a pain, but never mind, I still can dodge them while swimming." Come the next lap, they did the unthinkable. One of them, again conveniently stood in my way. So, there I was trying to avoid the nuisance, when another one of them popped out of the water directly under me. That was the last straw, I gave them a very nice piece of my mind while they were laughing away "Excuse me! Stop diving under me. That is NOT funny at all". To which the hooligans replied "Dunno, dunno". And I mockingly replied "Dunno, Dunno, Don't understand English is it?" before swimming away.

I was still fuming as I continued my laps. Angry that I was played around with, that I had to go through the head to belly bump.. Ewww geli.. However, I was glad to see that my outburst actually worked. They TOTALLY stayed clear from the lane where I was swimming. Muahaha.. I must have looked VERY angry...

Heh, I am so proud of myself...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

My heart leaps up when I behold A Rainbow in the sky
~William Wordsworth~

Beautiful, isn't it :)
Was hiking up the Melawati hill when I saw this awesome sunset. Orange tinted skies, hill tops bathed in yellow, with its hues changing as the sun travelled down. Even a huge rainbow, with both end visible, it's center shrouded by clouds. And to make it complete, friends to share the moment with..

Views like this always give me an awe-struck feeling, where I cannot help but say in my heart "God, how awesome You are..."

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Something I wrote last week, back in Kuantan:

Ah Kong has passed away. Suddenly, just like that, with no warning, no time to say a proper goodbye.

He was sick the weekend before, admitted to hospital. Discovered that his prostate cancer has evolved to lung cancer. I could not make it for that trip back to Kuantan. My aunt tells me she had asked him to cry out to Jesus when he was afraid and needed help. Ah Kong nodded, a big difference from previous times when he just listened politely. I hope in my heart, that God had truly been his help in those times. Otherwise, I think the pain and loneliness would have been very unbearable.

I thought I had more time. So did the whole family, I guess. In a way I am glad he does not have to suffer any more pain. In fact, looking back, it is some sort of a miracle that he never suffered much pain during the 4 years of his cancer. It was just certains periods when the pain would come and go.

One thing I wish though, that he had been able to receive more family care, especially when he was sick. I had returned back to Kuantan to see Mimi, Ah Kong's maid bawling her eyes out. For her I am very thankful, because she truly cared for Ah Kong, accompanying him day and night, at home and in hospital. I do not know how the family would have done without her.

I want to thank everyone for your prayer and support during that time. Thank you for your listening ear, and words of comfort. I know some of you were pretty much at a lost for words when I was just crying over the phone, but you did help. A lot.

Just over a recent funeral, I had heard something along these lines: "When God allows death, it is always a double edge sword. It is never just death alone, because at the same time, God is working His purpose". In this case, my glimmer of hope is this, that with Ah Kong passing, there had come a time when he had encountered God as his savior.

Monday, March 13, 2006

A Time For Everything

To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This verse from the Bible has somehow been playing in my head for the last week or so, starting from the time I stepped home after work and was told that my grandfather had vomitted blood. Automatically, due to his many previous health problems, I assumed the worst:
*Internal bleeding?*
*Liver collapsed?*
*His prostate cancer reaching it's critical state?*
*Must be in crazy pain*

There wasn't much information in hand that day. All I knew was that he was hospitalized, back in Kuantan, and was being treated. No one could provide answers as to what was the cause of the vomitting, how serious it was, or how much pain ah kong was in. It was frustrating because everyone around me was so cool, and here I was, thinking *Heloooooooo, he just vomitted blood. Should there not be more urgency?*

The next day, the family travelled back to Kuantan to see him. Was glad to see him with a healthy pink tint on his face. He seemed well, in no pain. It was such a relief to find out that the vomitting was due to very bad stomach ulcer, and not some collapse of internal body functions/organs. The urologist did further tests on him to find out more about his prostate cancer. Apparently, there should have been further treatment for his prostate cancer, which was not performed by the previous doctor. **Ughh, crap doctor**

With this grandfather of mine, I have not been very close, due to the fact that I struggle to speak Hakka or Cantonese, while he cannot speak or understand much English. In the recent years, he has been sick so much, and I just want to comfort him and talk to him more, but my words fail me. There are so many things which I want to say to him which I do not know how to express. These are the times when I so so wish that I had a much more decent command of Hakka. (Point to myself: Must make sure my children pick up at least their grandparent's dialect)

I guess, like Ecclesiates says, there is a time for everything. For me, the last two years have been a time of loved ones growing old with health complications. First my grandpa's prostate cancer, then my grandma's heart attack, and now this spewing blood incident. They have been wake-up calls for me, a realization that I'm not going to have them around forever, which means that I should be spending more time with them. Now wouldn't it be great if I could somehow reverse this ageing process..

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Wierd Stuff

I have been tagged by Poh Lynn.. so here goes..

List 5 weird or random things about yourself:
(Ok, I think there's more random than wierd here)
1. I sleepwalk once in a blue moon
2. Elderly people like to talk to me, even offer their seats when I am in the
3. I learnt Jawi in school and reached top score of 23/100.
The norm was 0/100. (Yes, it's obvious that have no flair at tikam-ing)
4. I have no hair on my fingers, not even fine, little ones
5. Among my nicknames in uni were "Bebola" and "Dear"
(short for Ly-dear)

5 people whom I want to do the quiz:
1. Adelynne
2. Alice
3. Andrew
4. Ivan
5. Mike

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Cancer Causing Yau-Char-Kwai

A recent conversation with my cutie-pie-cousin-Priscilla:

Me: Priscilla, wanna give this to Percist? (while I dangled stale-overnight-yau-char-kwai in my hands. Percist is the name of Pricilla's mini pincher)

Priscilla: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....... Percist will get cancer

Me: Huh? Cancer? No lah..

Priscilla: Yeah.. cancer, Percist cannot eat oily things, ice cream or biscuit, afterwards get cancer

Me: ?????????????????????

Kids.. so smart and so cute..

P/S: It's been ages since I've created a decent post. Lotsa things have been happening, but first, gotta clear my list of *other-more-important-things-to-do*, before I can get down to organizing a whole lot of pictures/videos, and putting events/super-belated-new-year-thoughts into words.