Tuesday, September 30, 2008

We've variety of public holidays, yoo hoo!

Let me tell you! Something good about Malaysia is, we have so many variety of public holidays here! :D   It's Hari Raya here in Malaysia tomorrow - 1st of October, 2008. We've four kinds of new year celebration here: Chinese, Malay, India, and 1st of January every year!!! Besides the new year type of holidays, we also have other minor celebrations for different races. Moreover, we have many sales and promotion through out the year due to the holidays, hehe! It's good thing to know, so that I can relax at home or plan for a getaway, ah ha!

Happy holiday, people!

I miss Christmas and Santa!

King suggest that we've a Christmas holiday at somewhere else this year. Although we have no actual plan yet, I miss my Christmas time in Vail and Denver so much!

I miss four seasons; I am a winter lover. I miss snow and Christmas tree! I remember that we bought small Christmas tree with Christmas ornaments from Walmart when we were still in the bay area. And, I remember that we held gift-exchange gathering with friends. Can you believe it, I listen to Christmas songs even it's not Christmas yet, haha! 

Santa, please do not forget about me and my home this year, although there's no chimney in my house! I promise to pay you and your village a visit in Finland one day! :)

Diana Krall, our favorate jazzy woman!

Diana Krall is coming to KL for her concert on 2nd of Oct! Yes, this coming Thursday! 

I was planning to give King a surprise with Diana Krall ticket. But I couldn't hold my excitement without telling him this surprise two weeks ago. He was touched. Yet we called off the plan as the ticket is not cheap at all - cheapest price is RM288 per seat. So, we will stay at home and listen to her CDs, ha! Well, the most important thing is we are happy. :)

Our gallery

We, recently, developed more than 30 photos that taken anywhere we've been to for home decoration purpose. I hope to make my home more cozy with sweet memory! Hmmm... We shall see how the result will turn out. ;)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Finally, King and I caught Mamma Mia! today! We were regret that we missed out the broadway show in NYC in year 2003. The ticket was pretty expensive to us that time but now we think it's really worth to give it a shot! Well, we'll wait for the broadway show next time round. :)

It's a great show, in deed! We can be considered broadway show lovers, although we only had a few chances to watch few of them when we were in the States. We are in deed broadway fans. 

Mamma Mia! brought us good memory in Greek. We enjoyed every songs of ABBA with the meaningful lyrics. I realize the real meaning of this show at last and I had a drop of tear as well. Sometimes, we can't find the answer that we are looking for. Yet the answer is so far yet so near. Hmm.... It might sound clueless but it really is at times when we are puzzled. Why do we keep on looking for an answer or solution and yet seeing the real answer just right in front of eyes. 

Mamma Mia! is a great show for decades! ABBA, the Swedish band, is one of the pop stars that have made the music history with so many records and fame! Cheers, Mamma Mia! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Billion - The 9 zeros....

Wall street tumble unstably recently. The whole world economy is in bad shape this year due to the subprime in US. Investment banks are facing a lot of difficulties, some filed for pink slip.... 

Yet, and yet.... Warren Buffett is decided to spend USD5 Billion to invest in Goldman Sachs Group. 5 Billion, wow! It's 9 zero figure!!! 

I told King, it's not easy for us to afford a house worth RM500K. And yet, the stock guru can buy the whole Ara Damansara (the area where we are currently staying in)!! It's like buying the whole residential area!

Oh god, how to make this figure to get out from debt?! Jeezzz.... Millionaire can be find anywhere nowadays. But we are not even reach that yet! Must work harder and smarter, dude!


I bought a new book yesterday -- The Discovery of the Child, by Maria Montessori. The original translated copy since 1962.

I was encouraged by a few good friends that reading some child education and pregnancy books before my pregnancy. Raising a child needs a lot of mentally support, no doubt. Financially and physically preparation are important as well. Many parents want to have a genious kid by teaching the flash card and other methods. I personally think that teaching a kid with surviving skill is rather more important than other things. It includes a lot of EQ mindset and positive thinking. So that, the child can survive in a competitive world. 

I'm not into childcare education but I would love to spend quality time with my future kids with full of sweet memory. I hope to be one of their guidances and gain their respect. I am waiting for the joy coming along. Wish me luck! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

10 ways to get rich!

With an estimated fortune of $62 billion, Warren Buffett is the richest man in the entire world. In 1962, when he began buying stock in Berkshire Hathaway, a share cost $7.50. Today, Buffett, 78, is Berkshire’s chairman and CEO, and one share of the company’s class A stock is worth close to $119,000. He credits his astonishing success to several key strategies, which he has shared with writer Alice Schroeder. She spent hundreds of hours interviewing the Sage of Omaha for the new authorized biography The Snowball.

1. Reinvest your profits 

When you first make money, you may be tempted to spend it. Don’t. Instead, reinvest the profits. Buffett learned this early on. In high school, he and a pal bought a pinball machine to put in a barbershop. With the money they earned, they bought more machines until they had eight in different shops. When the friends sold the venture, Buffett used the proceeds to buy stocks and to start another small business. By age 26, he’d amassed $174,000—or $1.4 million in today’s money. Even a small sum can turn into great wealth. 

2. Be willing to be different 

Don’t base your decisions upon what everyone is saying or doing. When Buffett began managing money in 1956 with $100,000 cobbled together from a handful of investors, he was dubbed an oddball. He worked in Omaha, not on Wall Street, and he refused to tell his partners where he was putting their money. People predicted that he’d fail, but when he closed his partnership 14 years later, it was worth more than $100 million. Instead of following the crowd, he looked for undervalued investments and ended up vastly beating the market average every single year. To Buffett, the average is just that—what everybody else is doing. To be above average, you need to measure yourself by what he calls the Inner Scorecard, judging yourself by your own standards and not the world’s. 

3. Never suck your thumb 

Gather in advance any information you need to make a decision, and ask a friend or relative to make sure that you stick to a deadline. Buffett prides himself on swiftly making  up his mind and acting on it. He calls any unnecessary sitting and thinking “thumb-sucking.” When people offer him a business or an investment, he says, “I won’t talk unless they bring me a price.” He gives them an answer on the spot. 

4. Spell out the deal before you start 

Your bargaining leverage is always greatest before you begin a job—that’s when you have something to offer that the other party wants. Buffett learned this lesson the hard way as a kid, when his grandfather Ernest hired him and a friend to dig out the family grocery store after a blizzard. The boys spent five hours shoveling until they could barely straighten their frozen hands. Afterward, his grandfather gave the pair less than 90 cents to split. Buffett was horrified that he performed such backbreaking work only to earn pennies an hour. Always nail down the specifics of a deal in advance—even with your friends and relatives. 

5. Watch small expenses 

Buffett invests in businesses run by managers who obsess over the tiniest costs. He once acquired a company whose owner counted the sheets in rolls of 500-sheet toilet paper to see if he was being cheated (he was). He also admired a friend who painted only the side of his office building that faced the road. Exercising vigilance over every expense can make your profits—and your paycheck—go much further.

6. Limit what you borrow 

Living on credit cards and loans won’t make you rich. Buffett has never borrowed a significant amount—not to invest, not for a mortgage. He has gotten many heartrending letters from people who thought their borrowing was manageable but became overwhelmed by debt. His advice: Negotiate with creditors to pay what you can. Then, when you’re debt-free, work on saving some money that you can use to invest. 

7. Be persistent 

With tenacity and ingenuity, you can win against a more established competitor. Buffett acquired the Nebraska Furniture Mart in 1983 because he liked the way its founder, Rose Blumkin, did business. A Russian immigrant, she built the mart from a pawnshop into the largest furniture store in North America. Her strategy was to undersell the big shots, and she was a merciless negotiator. To Buffett, Rose embodied the unwavering courage that makes a winner out of an underdog. 

8. Know when to quit 

Once, when Buffett was a teen, he went to the racetrack. He bet on a race and lost. To recoup his funds, he bet on another race. He lost again, leaving him with close to nothing. He felt sick—h e had squandered nearly a week’s earnings. Buffett never repeated that mistake. Know when to walk away from a loss, and don’t let anxiety fool you into trying again. 

9. Assess the risks 

In 1995, the employer of Buffett’s son, Howie, was accused by the FBI of price-fixing. Buffett advised Howie to imagine the worst-  and best-case scenarios if he stayed with the company. His son quickly realized that the risks of staying far outweighed any potential gains, and he quit the next day. Asking yourself “and then what?” can help you see all of the possible consequences when you’re struggling to make a decision—and can guide you to the smartest choice. 

10. Know what success really means 

Despite his wealth, Buffett does not measure success by dollars. In 2006, he pledged to give away almost his entire fortune to charities, primarily the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He's adamant about not funding monuments to himself—no Warren Buffett buildings or halls. "I know people who have a lot of money," he says, "and they get testimonial dinners and hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. When you get to my age, you'll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That's the ultimate test of how you've lived your life." 

Source from: www.parade.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

You are the best!

It is not easy to be a man in this era. Do you agree?

Man has to help out for housework, take care of financial part (house, car, investment, etc), be considerate and patient with wife, be handful with kids, be a filial son and son-in-law, you name it. It's totally different from our upper generation age. 

My dear husband, I will try my best to ease your burden and tiring body. :)   You are the best!!

Monday, September 22, 2008




婆婆是姓赵 (赵萍) 的,公公是姓李 (李斌) 的。两人都是住在广东新会省的一个小村子里。婆婆家里是很富贵的。根据家谱的记载,婆婆是以前赵匡皇帝的后代。(从赵以前的画像来看,婆婆和皇帝最像的地方是"肥"!! 一样肥!!) 所以,
一起坐船来了南洋打拼 (度蜜月?)身上只有五块钱。






和公公骂人的态度 (公公很凶的),还有二老馋嘴的习惯。所以一看,就知道是李家的"种",呵呵!

故事的背后,对我而言是个重大意义呢。:) 这张照片是2005 年结婚注册时为二老拍的照片,婆

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Patriot

I've been pretty updated with what is happening to my country recently everyday. My feeling is a mixture....

I have never been so patriotic to my country in my life before. But after the 308 Election (8th of March, 2008), I realized that I should know my country more and what is happening to my land everyday, which affect the economy and life in Malaysia, the foremost future among other reasons. 

My dad and mom have never been raising this sensitive politics issue to me and my siblings since young. They think children should concentrate on school work more, instead of knowing our country politics more. We've learnt that our Father of Malaysia - Tungku Abdual Raman - from textbook, but did not know what had really happened in our real life every single day. I would say, this is the failure of our education in my country. Something really pathetic is, people erase the hardest part in the history from textbook or even change the history for excuses (it applies to other countries as well). 

I'm neither a politician, nor a brave blogger like Raja Petra Karmaruddin. I'm a citizen who loves my land with hope for my future life and next generation. I read news from unsensor and uncontrol media. I'm glad that we can read a lot of opinions from abroad Malaysians from their blogs as well. Everybody loves freedom of speech. Everybody should read news from all kind of sources, this is called fairness. 

I'm disappointed that racism issue was brought up again and again in this country in this era. Nobody dare to raise this sensitive and naive topic, not even the United States. I'm sad that the current government "treat" loyalty braveheart by using wrong methods, which is strongly against by other countries too (according to variety of sources, many media and international governments are against this ISA action on this issue). Everybody is shocked and sad with hatred and anger. Everyone wants a change, more and more.

I wish my country is granted a new chance for a better future any time soon. Some people may be skeptical approach the opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, due to his historical mistakes. For a brighter future of Malaysia with less bribary issues and other matters, I would still give the opposition a chance and hope to give back all Malaysians a fair and peaceful life. I have faith in opposition this time, because of Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Ying and other bravehearts. Malaysia is a multi-racial country. I'm happy to see three races are participating well in opposition this time. Please say no to racism and other unhealthy issues which will cause a major impact to local economy and safetiness.

For my friends abroad, please read the reliable news and pray for your country no matter where you are. Do not forget your land and your childhood memory when you prefer life style in other country. Please do not forget about Malaysia when you are enjoying your life abroad. Malaysia can be a better country when govern by right attitude gang. 

Now I say this: God bless Negaraku! :)

Monday, September 15, 2008


We had a lot of good time with James' family last night for Mooncake Festival. Coby, the Lab, had a lot of fun with his dog family as well -- it was a family reunion for Coby to meet his mother, aunty and brothers as well, haha!

James has a little 8 years old nephew  and a little 3 years old niece at home. They all stay together with a big family. No doubt, kids are pretty cranky at times and they are so talkative that can make everyone suffered with their unending questions and stories! Sometimes, their nanny and mother have no choice to use other methods to stop their talking and naughtiness. King and I are surprised that they use "threatening" method to stop their misbehaving at times. I understand that the elder is trying to stop their improper thinking and behavior when they are disobedient. Yet, I truely disagree with them by using any threatening method. This will cause other side-effects. For example, losing of confidence, losing of analytical skill with right-and-wrong judgement, become a timid person, etc. Well, anyhow, these two little fellow are good kids overall. I think their parents will give them more firm guidance when their mind is fully developed. :)

Friday, September 12, 2008

You better watch out! :)

I'm an active member on facebook. Amazingly, I found many old time friends on facebook!

Something puzzle me.... I am surprise that many people that I've known is actually linked to other circle of friends of mine. :S  What a small world!!! Some of them are ex-colleagues, some of them came from same hometown, some of them are childhood-mates, some of them went to same high school, etc.... Gosh!!! This world is NOT big! The Earth is so small!! :D  

So, we better watch out! Please behave ourselves by not hurting anyone and not doing anything wrong. The world is small and everybody can be linked within a 6 people network!! Trust me! :)

Welcome back home!

King will be back from business trip tonight. I've to make the house clean and neat before his back home. :)

King is a Superman, who has oversea business trip quite frequently. I never tag along, never with this thought, somehow. Having business trip is totally different from on holiday mood. I don't wanna be his burden when he has oversea meeting and projects. And, I would prefer to do my own things and be separated for a little while. During our separation, we tend to say "I love you" to each other. I find that it's sweet because we will cherish each other more, I'm sure. After every short separation, we will spend more time with each other. I guess human being is scared of losing someone whom we love. At times, we are just like a kid, who needs companion and be cranky a little bit more. 

Welcome back to home-sweet-home, my dear! It's always good to sleep by your side at night. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The E.T. Highway

最近听很多朋友都说,我和 King 可以一起去不同的国家旅行,是一间很幸福的事。我想,我们不能不承认这一点,我们真的是很爱一起走走看看。

这一路走来,是真的很开心。不容易走的每一脚步,让我们更清楚得了解自己,如何看待这个世界,一个我们两个所拥有的世界。前一阵子看过一本书,一对交往三个月的日本恋人,在决定踏上婚礼的路程,用了他们俩的积蓄 40,000 美金和一年的时间去环游世界,这是他们俩的度蜜月。当他们完成了一年的度蜜月之后,他们才发觉,自己是如何能够包容对方,如何爱戴对方。在这一年的旅程,让他们俩看清了自己和对方,不管是在生活的细节上,还是旅程的每一个计划。在旅程当中,有路人为他们的吵闹而评理,有路人为他们的爱而欢呼。

我和 King 每每在闹意见当中,我都是个泪人。而一直让我们俩能够继续携手前进的是我们所有的回忆。打从我们的七个星期游美之旅之后,我们就决定,每一年都得出国至少一次,去酝酿我们的感情。从我们的旅行嗜好里,再回忆我们的点点滴滴,而提醒彼此,若要拥有一个健康美丽人生,必须要有一个共识。若我们能够一直一起去看这个世界,那将会是一件美好的事! 

曾经在 Nevada State 的 highway 上一起寻找这条因美国 Hollywood "Independence Day" 而命名的 E.T. Highway。虽然我们没有见到所谓的外星人,但是我们看到了彼此面对对方的真诚与包容。那是一件很难忘的旅程。



Unending lessons with unending blooming

I've seen many cases from my lovely friends. Each couple will have arguement in different stages. From dating to marriage, from marriage to parenthood, from parenthood to old age. Life will not be wonderful with all the chapters counted in. 

King and I have a lot of sweet memories and wonderful time together during the 6 years of dating period. We finally decided to step into another chapter of marriage. Yet, it was not easy for us to accept each other parents in the beginning part, even now. And, we have to deal with our parents very carefully with full of understanding and compromising behind it to minimize hurtful feeling. I'm glad that we are still "okay" when we pop up any topic at this stage. Sometimes, we've to be decisive although our mind was clueless. 

No doubt, we will face more different issues when we are parents in the future, especially more parties (new family member, in-laws, relatives, etc) get involved. How to take care of the little one, whose method is useful, which school the kid should go to, you name it. 

I was told by friends: Life is full of chapters. It's wonderful and incredible if we read through our whole life by chapters - from a baby to a kid, from a kid to a teenager, from a teenager to a youngster, from a youngster to an adult, from an adult to a married person, from a married person to a parent, from a parent to a grandparent, etc.... Life goes on and on. And we learn from our lessons with joy and tears. Well, with a healthy body and mindset, it will be worth while to go on and on. :)  Life has to be balanced well!

Role model

Do you have a role model in your life? I have different role model at different stages in my chapters of life. I believe that having a role model is pretty important in our life, no matter who that person is. He/She can be a religious person, or good friend, or famous scientist, or famous historian, or pop star, or teacher, or anyone you really admire and respect. 

I shared this opinion with Jimmy this morning, after reading a chapter in a book weeks ago. A child who has a good role model in mind will be much easier to be guided in whole life. The kid is willing to input the opinion and instruction from the certain role model, if the role model is provided to be around in the environment. And, that'd be even better and well-appreciated if the parents can share opinions with the role model. Sometimes, it's by luck and faith to have someone who you can really rely on and have trust worthy to have your kid to hang around with this important role model. 

I personally agree that finding a role model either from a book or from a person who is closed to the parents. Hence, the parents can discuss the background and succeed of the role model with the child. Well, I will "realize" more when I'm a mother, no doubt! Dear mothers, don't hesitate to share your opinions and reading with me if any good things came by. :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The fossil over thousands of million years

Dear husband! Do you still remember the place in Montana where we picked up the dinosaur fossil? I wish our love will be just like the fossil that will not disappear forever. And, we'll definitely tell our next generation about our love stories. :)  

Love you,

9th of September - The meaning of Forever-After

9th of September, a date of anniversary to us! King and I were engaged on 9th of September in year 2005. I said "Yes" to him when he proposed to me in HK. That was a sweet memory to both of us. By all means, our parents were very excited with our decision. My dad helped us to get the registration number and application form in hometown. And, our both loving dads were our witnesses, haha! 

Hmm... Time flies! It has been 3 years since our engagement. Well, there are more to come by counting the years after. Wish King and I will be live happily ever after, hahaha! :D

Monday, September 8, 2008

Praise your children and they will bloom!

This is my latest cross-stitching project. I like this design a lot based on the meaningful word and the colorful flowers with garden fence background. :)

Emotion Management

It's not easy to handle problems when our emotion is not fully controlled. 

I am not good at fighting or quarreling. My face will turn red when I'm angry. And, my tear drops will not stop. I'm not a good fighter. Being a good fighter is not what I want. I believe that high EQ is the only best way to deal with problematic people. And, I learnt the skill of dealing-with-matters by accumulating experiences. 

Dealing with people is pretty tiring, sometimes. Yet, it's fun to have friends in our life. Well, human being is pack animal. But there are many people like to hurt other people's feeling without rational thinking. At the end of the day, war is triggered and "bang". 

Thank God I have an understanding husband, although we will have some arguements with different views sometimes. Well, no one is perfect. The only thing that we can do is compromising with each other when problems come. I wish that we'll have more joy to come down the road. So that, we can share our stories with our next generation with sweet memories. 

Cheers, to all whoever face unsolved problem! :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

音乐 Music



My country

Malaysia is very famous now, you know! The reason is simply a joke - due to the unstable politicians view and criticism everyday. And, everyone is watching our news from all of the world. 

It's a beautiful country to me, Malaysia. We are so blessed with full of natural resources that include oil underground (crude oil for petrol usage) and on the ground (palm oil), I was told by many international friends. The unending political views with full of shit is worrying all Malaysians and foreign investors since last year. However, there are more than 75% of Malaysians are hoping for a change in Malaysia, for a better future, for a better home!

I'm not familiar with politics. But I do read news everyday from different sources for a reliable news. I suddenly feel a bit lost for my stay in this country for some of the reasons. Where shall I move on? To stay on or start filling up immigration application form? I see many jokes and laugh in this country and from the current government. 

I suddenly look into this picture of Abraham Lincoln. No racism in this country, please! Not in Malaysia as well, although I know it will not 100% true and fair. But, can I fall in love with Malaysia again and down the road? It's a question mark to me. Unless someone can answer me. 

God bless Malaysia.... My home sweet home.... (it may sounds better in another way - America, hehe!)

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Wife, The Mother

Elieen & Shing Yee spent some quality time with me when King is away for days. Fortunately, we had a lot of fun! And, of course, we talked about our soul-mate qualifications as well. 

I've read an article long time ago. The author was blessed that he found a good wife whom was a good mother as well. Being a married woman, I don't think it's easy to play two roles in a single person in one family. Well, I'm trying to be a good wife now, and will do the same thing when I'm a mother. 

Beautifulness is one of the qualifications for men when comes to girlfriend or wife. What about "to be a good mother"? Raising a healthy and happy child needs a good mother, no doubt. Well, I understand that the definition of "good" is varied through out different persons. Anyway, gentlemen, please do not judge a person based on their outlook only. Choose one for your future family and next generation. There is a good say in Chinese : "贤妻良母". :)

Kiddo kiddo...

We were glad that the kiddos paid us a visit with their parents before they hop on airplane back to the Bay Area. They wanted to see Coby the most, actually, haha! Well, we shall see whether we get a chance to visit them before Christmas for a ski trip in Tahoe or not. Hopefully, King and I will be able to see the kids every year or two during the ski trip! 

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Be a happy newly mom!

I've a few good friends are going to be newly first time moms soon. I'm glad that they are going to share many of their happy stories and experiences with me in near future! 

Ladies, please take good care of yourselves! I'm sure you all will be happy mommy and enjoy the motherhood anytime soon! :)

Something that I really miss in the States.

There are some people have been asking me the reason of not getting pregnant recently. And then, many ideas will pop up from their mind. Seems like the problem is me.... which is not me at all. I wonder have these people studied Biology before or not; do they understand the X and Y; do they know they've been asking the same questions too much; etc. 

I miss my life in the States a lot. No one will care about your privacy. Oh well..... Please give me a peace of mind! Ah-men....

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Two hearts beat at once

King is having business trip in oversea for a week recently. And, I've to handle some minor home issue, such as home deco and minor renovation. So, I fully utilize my personal time when he is away.

I miss King very much for sure. And something funny is, he calls me "Lao-poh" (wife in Mandarin) over the phone which he seldom say this word to me. Hahaha! Hmm... It's always good to be apart after a long while to gain back some sweet old memory and sweet words to each other. That's why I choose not to tag along during his oversea business trip. I always believe that personal time is pretty important to everyone.

Thank God I've Coby who is always waiting for me at home. And, I appreciate that I've extra time to spend with my best friends! Hubby, don't forget to bring home some delicious candies for me! :)