Monday, January 28, 2008
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The Chinese vendor wanted to sell me a pot of 10 flower bulbs for BND15 initially. I had managed to push the price down to BND12, and bought one pot home last Friday.
I researched from the net, and found that Chinese Sacred Lily is in fact Tazetta Daffodil. It is a plant with white petals and yellow bulb. It stays indoor and blooms in winter. I put mine in our main living room, and it grows very well. But unsure how my mother would think if she found out the plant would turn out white-yellow.
Even though we are the descendants of Nonya-Baba and my mother is only part Chinese-descendant (my maternal grandmother is Indigenous People), my mother still follows the strict Chinese tradition of "Only Red for Lunar New Year". I could picture now the dilemma expression on my mother's face when she discovers the plant I have just bought would bear white-yellow flowers. OK, I knew. My sister Woofhams will sure say, "Chuck away before Mama finds out" haha ...
For some who might be curious to learn more on "my tribe":
Who are Peranakan, Nonya-Baba and Straits Chinese?
Peranakan, Nonya-Baba (峇峇娘惹) and Straits Chinese (土生華人, named after the Straits Settlements) are terms used for the descendants of the very early Chinese immigrants in South East Asia, particularly concentrating in both the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java. They are the group who has partially adopted Malay customs in an effort to be assimilated into the local communities.
Monday, January 14, 2008
At work: I couldn't access my inbox at the time I want it, and I can't reply all my e-mails promptly. It is really annoying.
At home: I am learning to paint (both oil painting & water colouring) from all useful information available on the net. The internet disruption has put me on hold on my new projects. Sigh. Snippets of lady in London and Paris paintings from http://www.art.com/.
I had a big breakfast this morning, but now I am hungry. I wish I could have a big bowl of vegetable soup now. Picture from: http://www.msn.com/.
I looked into my wardrobe, and didn't know what I wanted to wear this morning. Similar to my shoes theory: the more you bought, the more you tend to wear the old, comfortable pair. The busybody co-worker has started to hint at me: Hi, haven't I seen you in this green one last week? Pancake smiled: You are right. Green is my feng sui colour this month (I've replied in the House's typical self-satisfied smirks).
HaHa ... we are living our life fully when we manage to find ways to deal with the challenges.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
The following paragraphs in quotes are taken from Jim Rees's "Transform the way you live and work".
"Our brain works like a switchboard operator, taking in information, making judgments based on what we believe to be true, and then rationalise and making decisions. Of the many theories in neuroscience, that of the brain dominance is the chapter that I am most interested.
To begin with, our brain has two hemispheres, left and right.
The left brain is more analytical and is responsible for deductive reasoning, logic, discipline, structure, time sequence, mathematics, etc. People with a left brain preference will tend to learn step-by-step, beginning with the details and moving on to the bigger picture.
reading, crosswords/sudoku, logic, story telling, well-structured projects, being organised, rationality.
The right brain is considered to be responsible for the emotions, feelings, intuition, spontaneity, risk-taking, sensitivity and visualising, etc. People with a right brain preference usually start with the overview of a skill and then get into the specifics.
reading for details, intuitive problem solving, art, acting out stories, sports, team work and activities and multi-tasking."
Needless to say, I am a born "left brainer" and a natural nerd. HaHa ...
Now, come back to my question, whether our sleeping pattern might have an influence on our brain preference? I am curious. I am equally curious whether (1) it's possible to have no preference, but rather a balance of both left and right brain functioning, and (2) what is the benchmarking of the "balance"?
Friday, January 04, 2008
Speak of running, I haven't been running for two weeks now. I have been lazy. My excuse is holidays. My thunder thighs are shocking the Brunei nation now. My face is as round as the Pizza Hut's double cheese pizza. Now, I have problems to fit into my Sportsgirl jeans and soon I might not be able to fit into my car. Sigh. One phrase: Get Off The Couch, Back To Running!
Thursday, January 03, 2008
I celebrated my birthday last month in Paris, at Eiffel Tower specifically. My young cousin Ben asked me two weeks ago: Che, so how did you feel about celebrating your birthday at Eiffel Tower? I told him: I felt cold, I wasn't satisfied with my performance at the academic conference attended and I missed Brunei.
Angel of Doubt told me: Life is bitter.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Full Moon Must Have Number 2: Most decorations in RED!
Full Moon Must Have Number 3: Lots and Lots of red eggs!
Full Moon Must Have Number 4: Lots of 'Ang Ku Kueh' (Nonya-Baba style sweet dessert in red & green) and pastries
Full Moon Must Have Number 5: Plenty of food ........
Although I don't find Maggie Cheung a terribly good actor, I do admire her courage to "Dare To Be Different".
Note: I like the way she pronounced "immediately" in this interview - very French ;p
Response: I play the Big Sister role to advise and nag at my siblings and younger cousins heheee ... Sometimes, I am also the marriage counsellor to my parents!
Topic: Speak Up
Few days ago, I was advising my young girl cousins that when they face problems, they must ask for help. Bottling up is not a solution. I also told them not to keep things from family, say what you want, "let it off your chest otherwise you will get stressed, unnecessarily burnt out before you could even think of a good antidote to your problems."
Topic: Be Bright & Bold
Be Bright & Bold is what I have been advising myself to do this year too. This morning at work, I was sharing with a colleague (a colleague whom my family used to think would be a good bf candidate, and a colleague whom once I was almost forced to accept as my bf. Thank God I didn't, I don't and I won't) some views on a work issue. He told me my decision few months ago has jeapardising one of his work projects. He cut my sentences many times when I tried to clarify. When he left me no room to defend/clarify/explain, I walked away.
Many of you might be thinking I have turned coward in this new year. No, in fact unlike him, I see my job as a sector of my life, not my entire life. Although he is not a bf material, but I see him as a good friend therefore I have offered my help. But he has taken my kindness as weakness, and he has taken my kindness for granted. I didn't want to kill a friendship because of work. Furthermore, I still don't think I have jeapardised his project. If I did, with his "cutting sentences" character, he would have confronted me many months ago. So, who is the coward and who is the hero in this story ;)
One day, he will grow up!
Topic: Make It Happen
I recalled in one of Maggie Cheung's Edinburgh Cinema China interviews, she said "I came here thinking I am doing this festival a big favour. In fact, I am the one who gains the most of all". She smiled and nodded her head at that point (will post that interview in my blog soon). I fully understood her point. Everyone has dreams. Some conjure up dreams and leave them in their head. Some know their dreams but don't bother to achieve them. Some work towards their dreams.
Topic: Don't Take Things For Granted
If some of you may recall, there was one posting which I talked about my parents always complaining they are incompatible to each other. When both of them went to fish market on separate route, they would come back more or less at the same time, with the same type of fish in the same quantity.
Some couples think they are not made for each other. I believe those couples have read too much Mills and Boons. There are no Mills and there are no Boons in this world. Being never married, I don't know what are the crucial components that will make couples compatible? But I believe if you think it's not easy to find the right pair of shoes, then it is 50,000 times harder to find the right spouse. So, don't give up before even you try. May be to begin with, you might want to communicate to find out the problems (see my first topic: Speak Up).Life is short, Live Life Well!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
What are your new year resolutions? Happy New Year 2008!