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Monday, June 30, 2008

Ahh...Malaysian politics

So Anwar Ibrahim has finally emerged from the Turkish Embassy and denials are abound. All the Ministers photographed with the 'victim' have come out with all sorts of denial. This boy gets around doesn't he, hobnobbing with Ministers while people who urgently need to meet Ministers have to pay so much toll.

Najib says he met the guy once three months ago (hmmm....that would be around the same time he joined PKR?) about a scholarship. Other SPM leavers are running around like headless chickens trying to get scholarships and this guy can just waltz into the DPM's office? So students, next time you need a scholarship, don't bother with the small fries, go straight to the DPM.

Sodomy again?!

UMNO really has no imagination. Everyone is just cracking up over the allegation that Anwar Ibrahim committed sodomy. It actually only proves one thing - the government is homophobic.

How a 23 year old can allow himself to be sodomised by a 60+ year old man alludes me. I think they're just grasping at straws, it's a sign of desperation. Things must really be going bad for UMNO.

BN may accuse Pakatan Rakyat of not being able to work together, but BN is falling to pieces as we speak. The disastrous elections, accusations against Rosmah/Najib, MCA leaders not contesting party elections, MIC Youth chief quitting, what else can happen? I don't think Pak Lah has the competency to handle all this. All Pak Lah can come up with are denial upon denial.

On page N2 of The Star newspaper today "The BN Government is not behind the latest sodomy allegation against PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Prime Minister said." Were they behind the previous allegation then?

Also in the same article "I believe even my friends like (Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) do not have an intention to do such a thing to him" This statement sort of suggests that Najib has a grudge against Anwar.

I think Pak Lah should just stop making statements or get a better speech writer/PR person.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Beauty and the Beast Musical, Kuala Lumpur

Went to watch Beauty and the Beast on Saturday night with hubby at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. We were lucky to get free tickets from my father courtesy of Direct Access credit cards and were treated to pre-show cocktails as well. We thought we arrived too late to make it for the cocktails, but the show was delayed for half an hour due to a power failure earlier, so we had time to have some snacks.

During the cocktails some of the cast made and appearance and you could take some photos with them. The kids loved it, but I was more interested in the food since the show was obviously going to finish later.

We were given really good seats, right in the middle with a good view of the stage. There were lots of kids and even a baby (who cried at one point). I wouldn't really bring a baby to a musical but then they probably didn't have a baby sitter, so can't really blame them.

The show was really good. The cast was funny, the songs were entertaining, and the costumes were vibrant. My favourite character would have to be Gaston. The actor playing him really hammed it up and made Gaston deliciously evil, dumb, funny and at the same time, very popular with the audience. The rest of the characters such as Belle, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and the Beast were also fantastic.

The only flaw was a technical glitch towards the end for five minutes. The show had to stop just as the Beast was about to turn into the Prince. So there we were, sitting in the dark theatre, wondering what the hell was going on. Hubby whispered to me "Is this part of the show?"

It was fixed in about five minutes and the audience gave an appreciative applause. The show ended on a high note with no more glitches. It is surprising to me that a Tony nominated show would encounter problems of the sort seeing as they have performed all over the world.

However, I enjoyed it very much and judging by the applause at the end, so did the rest of the audience.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Stupid People

It amazes me how ignorant some people can be. I read in the Star that a municipal council in Kelantan has issued a directive to disallow lipstick and high heels targetted at Muslim women in business outlets. This is to prevent rape and illicit sex and protect women's dignity.

Damn...I didn't know ruby red lips and the click-clack of high heels would turn men into sexual maniacs. When I put on lipstick, hubby would wipe his face when I kiss him. When I wear heels, he'll say "Those things are really bad for your feet, you know".

I sincerely hope this news was just wrongly reported by the newspapers. It's embarassing to read about Muslims making such stupid statements when, time and again, research has shown that rape is not about sex and beauty and/or revealing clothes do not invite rape. Perhaps they should spend more time educating men and punishing rapists severely instead of suffocating women with more and more rules and regulations.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sleeping with a Baby

OK...it's 3am and I'm still awake. Why? Because my son refuses to sleep on his own mattress on the floor. Forget putting him in his own room, he'll scream the house down. Asian parents are usually guilty of sleeping with their children in the room, on the bed etc. I slept in my parents room till I was about 12 years old or thereabouts.

I did however, sleep on a mattress on the floor. My son wants to sleep with us. Unfortunately he's getting too big. I don't like being kicked and head butted every night. I am a light sleeper and I need my own space and some peace and quiet. For some reason my son doesn't head butt my husband. Huh?? Why me?? Whatever the reason it is irritating the hell out of me and stressing me out. I cannot continue like this. My sleep is suffering therefore my work is also suffering and my health to a certain extent (I'm too damn tired to exercise).

So how do I handle this? I seriously do not know. I'm just too tired to force him to sleep on his own. When I go back to bed, he just climbs in again. He's almost 2 years old, soon he'll just push me off the bed :-/

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Time to Work from Home?

Ack...just filled up petrol in my little Kelisa. I only fill up once every two weeks since I work from home so this is the first time since the fuel hike. RM75! RM75 for a teenie weenie little fuel tank. It's just nuts.

Working from home has never been so attractive. Say your salary is RM2000, take away EPF and SOCSO, you take home around RM1800. Say you also drive a Kelisa, that would be RM75 worth of petrol every week = RM300 a month. Add in RM350 for your car installment and you spend RM600 just on transport. And I haven't even added in the regular maintenance cost.

Maybe employers should start thinking about flexi hours. Employees should be able to work from home if possible. We now have lap tops, internet access, faxes, phones etc. Everyone is contactable anytime, anywhere. We shouldn't gauge productivity by how much time is spent in the office but by how much work is actually produced efficiently. Just because someone spends 10 hours a day in the office doesn't mean he/she is doing a good job.

The petrol hike is a great chance for employers and employees to get creative:
a) Allow employees to come in less days a week and work from home the rest of the time. Not only saves the employee money on transport, but will gain in terms of less time spent in traffic.
b) Try flexi hours, some employees prefer coming in early and leaving early, some prefer later. Again, employees will be able to avoid traffic jams. Less time in traffic also means less stress.

Employers should really think about the welfare of their employees. I'm sure everyone agrees, happy workers produce better work. This of course, goes both ways, employees shouldn't take advantage of considerate employers. Don't go for teh tarik when you're supposed to be working at home. Discipline and integrity are key.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cupcakes!

I've been hearing a lot about these cupcakes called Cuppacakes by Wondermilk, so I thought I'd give them a try. The cafe is actually called Wondermilk and is located in the Damansara Uptown area at 41, Jalan SS21/1A. You really have to look for it or you'll miss it amongst all the car workshops along the row of shops. Anyway, back to the cupcakes - they are extremely delicious. My favourites are the Cookies and Cream and Cinnamon Cindy flavours but they have many others to choose from. The down side is that the cupcakes are also extremely expensive, to me anyway, they sell them in boxes of 4,6 and 12. They cost RM4.50 EACH! Though I must say they use fresh and quality ingredients. For me it's alright to have it as a treat, but for my regular cupcake fix, I head over to the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail market.

Head to the 1st floor of the TTDI market (top level) and look for Brownie Bakes. You can get delicious simple vanilla cupcakes with icing for RM6 for a box of 8 (I think, you can call 012 6020318 to check). Special themed cupcakes will cost more if you're planning to order. I also go ga-ga over the brownies there. They are absolutely gorgeous and they have them in different flavours as well such as Rocky Road, Mixed Nut and Double Choc apart from the Classic brownie. I usually heat them up a little and serve with some vanilla ice-cream, decadent!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

*sniffle* *sniffle*


Yup, I'm down with a cold. Fortunately it's not too bad since I have some editing work due in three weeks. Somehow antibiotics and medicines don't seem to work as well for me nowadays. Once I had a horrible cough and none of the cough medicines given by the doctor worked. After a week of hacking and coughing, I went online and got this great natural remedy of apple cider vinegar and honey mixed with water. It worked for me and cleared my cough in two days.

For my cold I'm taking a tea called Yogi Tea for throat relief and Manuka honey lozenges. The tea is actually quite soothing and naturally sweet from the herbs they use. You can get it at organic shops. I'm trying to get pregnant so I'm not too keen on putting lots of drugs in my body. I already have difficulty getting pregnant (it took me six years to get my first baby), so I don't really want to make it worst.

Hopefully my cold will be over in a few days, keeping my fingers crossed.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Need some Reflexology? Come to TTDI

OK, has anyone noticed how many reflexology centres have been popping up? Well, in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), these centres have been mushrooming like crazy. I think there are at least 6 just around the Rahim Kajai/Aminuddin Baki area. Not that I'm complaining, because I can get my reflexology fix easily.

These centres usually use workers from China and they can't really speak English. I don't really mind because I like to relax when I'm having a massage, reflexology, facial etc and I don't really want to converse or listen to anyone's problems.

These people are really good at what they do and you get your money's worth. It's roughly RM35-RM40 per one hour reflexology session. You can also opt to have a body massage for a bit more. A lot of these centres have packaged these two services together so it's worth trying.

So if you feel like some foot massage, just drive around the shophouses in Rahim Kajai, TTDI, you're sure to spot a few. Then, well, just take your pick.

Monday, June 2, 2008

AliCafe Restaurant TTDI

Tried the new AliCafe Restaurant recently. You may know the AliCafe instant coffee and teas muxed with tongkat ali, kacip fatimah etc. Anyway, they've opened a restaurant and my verdict is - not bad. They have a mixture of western and eastern dishes.

Most of us ordered western dishes but Pa had chicken curry with rice, which was quite nice. I had the boneless chicken leg with honey butter sauce. The portion was just nice for me as I'm not a big fan of huge helpings which just go to waste and make you put on more calories than needed. I also tasted the Oxtail Soup (a tad too salty for me), grilled chicken breast (verrry nice), garlic bread (delicious), fries (home made) and the burger (ok). The menu has variety but not too much that your head spins. The standard and pricing is similar to that of Secret Recipe so don't think you're going into a kopitiam, despite the name.