Thursday, December 31, 2009
The picture was taken in the garden. The niece is seen testing out her new pink dress and an old pink hate. The garden hose gets in the way of this being a perfect picture. Photoshop it out says the brother. Probably not say I. ( Too lazy )
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
I have finally finished uploading ALL the tugasan for the penilaian tahap kecekapan. ( I wonder whether the organisers have their own penilaian). Quite a few hiccups especially ( as it almost always happens) nearer the dateline. The complains range from something as constantly annoying as being unable to view the assignment files let alone upload them to slight minor ( but painful) changes to the tasks given.
It has been a humbling experience for me. And I am very glad I've finished. Have a good weekend folks. Mine will be GLORIOUSLY free of PTK-related tasks
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
being on call...and not being called at all. Or even better, if you can SOLVE all the cases coming in with no hesitation. Nobody dies on you. The on call team consist of everyone you like and love working with. Your patients live and walk out of the hospital. The patients' relatives also think you're doing a good job.
I want Nina Bells' book " The Inheritance" , and I suspect nothing else will do.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Lesson at half three...which leaves me 3.5 hours to get them scales right. 3rd position 5th position ....and bring out the nasty metronome to play in tempo. I can't wait to get better. It's a pity I have to wade through all the boring finger exercises first. Why can't there be a short-cut?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This isn't going to be a blog on how time flies despite the title. It will concentrate instead on the failure of my two alarum clocks in getting me up and OUT of bed. I was late this morning. Despite proudly proclaiming the night before that I would drive and pick a friend up at 7:00am in a feeble attempt to arrive earlier, I woke up at seven AM. Directly after the right eye peeked and caught the time on the clock, there was a MAD mad mad rush to get things sorted. I left the house with no breakfast, no coffee, a damp body and hair which looked like I had just woken up. Have you ever realised, when you sleep with slightly damp hair ( bad habit I'll surely suffer from rheumatism in 2.3 years from now ) you run the risk of having an oddly 1980s rock punk hair style?
I have typed a lot of words the last 3.5 days. Mostly in a language which is not my mother tongue. Bahasa Melayu is our country's national language. And as the course I am attending is a course meant to assess the elligibility for promotion, it is a reasonable request that we write our thoughts and reflections in Bahasa Melayu. I am handicapped severely. BM is not my first language. The 11 reflections which we were required to pen down were HARD to do. After the first few attempts, I abandoned the initial plan of writing in English and getting it translated. It felt weird and the end product ( if I can gone through this path ) would have been disjointed. So I opted, rather optimisically to write in BM.What helped was the MAC. Not grammatically but my lifting the mood each time I typed. GAWD I love this piece of machine:)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
1) Pate Plate. Although the portions of both pate and bread have been scaled down. On the upside, the pate still tastes divine. So got for it.
2) Banoffee pie. If you're looking for a desert which is not too sweet and you dun abhore bananas, this is just the ticket.
3)Duck confit , which I'm sure at some point has been everyone's favourite. I tend to shy away from it recently.
Things not to order
1) Avacado chicken sandwich. In a sorry attempt to be adventurous, I ended up wth this sad looking sandwich for dinner yesterday. The chicken chunks were huge. My suspicion of tasteless chunks was confirmed when I chewed diligently on my cube-sized chicken laced with sauce. The avacado was a sorry excuse. And so, here's my tip, do NOT order this particular sandwich. It's quite unpalatable.
2) The cupcakes. Tasteless and small. I won't waste more words on it.
3) The flourless cake. ( Not the exact name but it has the word flourless in it ) Absolutely a chore to swallow. Hard work. So yes another one firmly placed on this list.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I would like to thank my patient Madame V for helping us out in the exams this morning. You travelled from another state ( possibly bringing along the husband and leaving the house unattended for a good one week) and you stayed in dusty smog laden KL. Nobody likes being away from home for long. And certainly staying over is hardly the same as staying in your own home, sleeping in your own bed. So thank you, for making this sacrifice. I appreciate it very much
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Yesterday we found out a dear friend lost his father. All very sudden. The funeral is this afternoon.
I passed my violin exam. ( By the skin of my teeth...and with the grace of God) Here are the people I would like to thank ( wooo this is giving a thank you speech at the oscars.)
God, for giving me the grace and patience to play
My parents who despite pooh pooh-ing the idea of music exams, deep down support this odd and still relatively new obsession of mine
My neighbours for putting up with the same three songs, with inconsistent tempo and wrong notes the two weeks preceeding the exams.
My violin teacher who has since become a friend. For motivating at just the right amount and right time.
It is a brilliant feeling.And the euphoria will last for many months to come.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
1. Sleep early the night before. Do not, I repeat do not assume you can get by with less than 8 hours sleep. You're not a teeny bopper teenager any more. Live with it
2. Chant to yourself ( softly if you're taking public transport, as loud as you want if like me you drive alone) the mantra is " Don't think, just do". This is the time, when the depressive thoughts start popping in and out of your mind. Fight it!!!
3. Smile, even though you feel like death itself. It makes a difference. Your dark mood would have moved up a notch or two by the 5 th smile you bestow. ( Do not smile at your enemies, this will make you come across as a flaky individual, do however, maintain a slightly less aloof manner when in contact.)
4. Think happy thoughts. If that means thinking of your best enemy's toes rotting. So be it.
5. Set a target to head home on time and even if you have the usual euphoric drive from having survived Monday, please head home to get your rest. It is after all, the start of the working week.
I had a very productive and good Monday. ( Today wasn't so good )
Picture from theresa thomson's photostream
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This is the second Donna Hay book I'm reading. First of all, Lola is a silly name. I sympathise with anyone who's had the unfortunate luck of being saddled with this name. The cousin went out with a"Lola" before and that's the closes I've gotten to knowing a real-life Lola. Whoops, isn't Madonna's daughter named Lola? Well there you go then. Ms Hays ' pace is exactly what I like. Allegretto. The previous book by AP was painful and rather pointless. I'm glad I finished it. It will be relegated to the back of the bookshelf.
( picture of Ms Hays' book and my breakfast this morning)
Some misinformed individual ( nameless of course) said she heard a rumour that crocs was closing down. I immediatedly promised self I would finally go out and buy one of them infamous ugly clog-like rubber thingies with holes all around. It is hard to look good in them. Light, casual and functional they are. Sleek and chic it is NOT. Three days back, I visited the local CROCs shop in KL and tried just about every colour possible. ( I stayed away from the newer designs to keep things simple). The most beautiful of the lot was a soft (dark) violet number. Watch this space:)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Somebody stole my lunch yesterday. And that somebody obviously is illiterate. Otherwise, the name written on the top of the box would have been sufficient to say "HANDS OFF ". It was bought and left at the pantry....and left unattended for *count*count* 2.45 hours. I shall not wish the culprit ill health ( in the shape of torrential diarrhoea) I shall instead wish, that you needed it more than me.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Malaysia must have one of the most number of public holidays. This is not evidence based. It's a personal opinion. We get two extra days this weekend. I'm all smiles this morning. The weekly laundry has been done. The dreaded hoovering too. And in addition ( because I felt extra chirpy) I even arranged the books on top of the piano. ( Which has been haphazardly sitting one on top of the another for at least 3.4 months now. As a reward, I found my missing note-book. What's left is a lie-in this afternoon. Hope it rains later, I love the wet season.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I felt a sharp distinct pain when I washed my face this morning. It took me one and a half minutes to identify the exact source. Two scratches on my face. These certainly were not present the night before. So it means, I cheerfully did it during sleep. On closer inspection, I have 4 scratches. And will have to head to work tomorrow, looking pretty silly I think. Oh dear oh dear