Monday, December 29, 2014

Year 2014 - ch3's take

Even though I have been missing (a lot) for the past 363 days from my blog - I figure I still want to end the year with a post. 2014 was a year of firsts - as I have mentioned here.

First time joining a kickboxing class (and sticking to it for the past 6 months!), first time doing a fun run/walk (only 10 km but still an achievement!), first time travelling to Hangzhou, China and parts of Europe (both without signing up tours) ... the year was dotted with many more first times. It was also a year with lots of ups and downs, of laughter and tears - I have attended a couple of weddings, celebrated a handful new births and also a few more wake services.

Highlights of the year (amongst many more memorable moments):
Clockwise from top left: Doraemon Expo - introducing mum to Doraemon, Hangzhou trip - beautiful place,  Melaka food trip with buddies - burp!, Port Dickson retreat - a gift from a dear friend, Europe (Netherlands, Belgium & Germany) - thumbs up, my (annual) Singapore trip to visit bestie.

Clockwise from top left: PESS (alma mater) 100 years celebration fun run, Chinese New Year celebration with family, church camp in Taiping with mum tagging along, my farewell party with the office people (after 5 years, it was a difficult decision), road trip up north to Penang and Perak with guest from HK, celebration dinner enjoying KL sunset view.

Malaysia, as a nation, went through a trying year - with 3 unforgettable aviation-related mishaps, most serious flood in 20 years. Of course, there were triumphant moments which we should not write off. All these made part of our history, part of who we are. Let the happy moments teach us to be grateful for what we have and let the sad ones teach us to be strong and courageous.

Came across these words of Anna Quindlen just a while ago:
Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives.

Cherish life.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Selamat Hari Malaysia

16 September - the day we remember the birth of the land we love - Malaysia.

Google Doodle for the day

We remember how our forefathers strive to build this place we call home. We remember how they put aside differences and unite as one. Let's keep the Jalur Gemilang up high in the sky. In the past year, the nation has been saddened with news of the disappearance of MH370 and the mishap of MH17, and through these challenging moments, we see once again the Malaysians united and stood side by side. We mourned together as one people. I hope to see Malaysians will continue in this spirit of oneness.

Malaysia is not made of the tropical forests and beautiful islands, Malaysia is not made of the tallest buildings and towers. Malaysia is made of her people. When we look at the people of Malaysia, there is so much beauty that exuberates, the richness in our different cultural heritage and how in our differences we have one thing in common - our love for this land and that makes us one family.

A short video ad by local telecommunications company highlight our brotherhood across races and cultures

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The 3 Ps

I seriously need to relook at how I can control my emotions better, right now I think my EQ is almost zero, if not negative. Someone once said whenever you are angry, your IQ becomes zero (人愤怒的那一瞬间,智商是零,过一分钟后恢复正常。).

Trying hard to control my anger and emotions at the workplace today, I failed miserably. Two separate episodes today.

First episode in the morning was still controllable, breathe harder, breathe deeper...

Second episode - my hands were shaking from the wrath. Someone once asked me why I have the patience to teach children but not adults. I guess the difference lies in the attitude of the learner. I do not mind knowledge sharing but if the person (especially adults!) is not keen to learn - it just gets to me. 'I don't know' is not the reason we are unable to accomplish a task, it is an excuse to not try. Everyone has to start somewhere, I am not born with it either.

You know what Benjamin Franklin once said - Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Anyway, for now I am going to consistently remind myself the 3 Ps - POSITIVE, PATIENT and PERSISTENT. Made this doodle this morning and put it right in front of me at my work station.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Year of Firsts

I did not start 2014 with much anticipation, honestly - I thought it would just be like the previous year or the year before last. You know with life's normal ups and downs, so normal and cliche that they become a flat line. Unexciting, Mediocre.

4 months into the year, I suddenly feel that I may have either treated my life too shabbily or I have underestimated life's potential.

Well before the year began, I thought it would be hectic and unexciting - hectic with work stuffs being in a new role and all; unexciting because I don't foresee myself doing something different, something I haven't done before.

I got the 'hectic' part right - work drives me up the wall some days, white hairs spotted, dreams/nightmares about work related stuffs, so on.

As for unexciting - thankfully I got it wrong :)  Some of the firsts I have done this year - from joining a kickboxing class, completed a 10km fun run walk to trying out new cuisine. More later, now I gotta get packing for my next trip ...

(and oh, I am one of the firsts to depart from the new airport - KLIA2!)

“This new day has greeted us with no rules; unconditional opportunity. Do not dilute the power of this new day with the hardship of yesterday. Greet this day the way it has greeted you; with open arms and endless possibility.” ― Steve Maraboli,

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2014 CNY ads in Malaysia (Part 2)

Part 1 here

Many people will find TNB's ad this year so true in their families, especially when you have cross-generations gathering.

In my household, even when the dishes are already nicely served, it is quite a challenge at times to distract my nieces and nephew (i.e. those born in/after the 90s) from whatever activities they are indulging in - online games, videos, social media, so on so forth. Hmm... maybe I should ask mum to do what the grandma did in the advert.

Kia did a tri-series of ad, see if you can catch the humour AND the moral of each story.

There are a couple of other ads as well, but the following short story caught my attention while I was researching for this entry. Good one.

Whether you return home (as in your parents' home if you are not staying with them) daily or once a year, do know that you really do not need to wait for the right time. For this I am grateful to my family, that I can just go home any time; that I don't even need to give them a call beforehand to make an appointment. I know there are people around me who have misunderstanding with their parents or siblings; and because of the grievances and hurt they have avoided going home, even during festive times like these when reunion is the main theme. I wish that they will be healed from the bitterness, blood is always thicker than water; and that their families will be reunited once more.

May you have a new year filled with love and joy, have a 马(mar)velous year!

Down memory lane...
2013 CNY ads Parts 1 and 2

Saturday, February 8, 2014

2014 CNY ads in Malaysia

About a year ago, I have blogged about the CNY ads that were aired locally. In fact I made two blog posts about it.

To continue the 'tradition', let's look at what we have for this year of the Horse.

First up and my fave, 'Young Hearts' brought to us by Petronas.

Personally this ad reminded me that there is always a child within us. I always complain tell people (consciously or otherwise) that how my mother (she is 73 this year, bless her!) is becoming more and more like a child; so much so it seems like I have switched roles with her, I sound more like her mother these days.

At the same time this ad as heart warming as it is, brought a tinge of sadness to my heart as I wonder whether I will ever have that someone to grow old (and young again) with; or whether I will be alone to the last of my days. *deep breaths* No thinking about negative stuffs, live each day to the fullest and be happy the best I could.

Ok, next up - the Lion's Club did a different take on CNY advert last year - this year they are back with the sequel to 'The Promise'.

It's a sad ending but a good reminder of how some of our parents are abandoned and not cared for. This brought to mind the recent development that a filial piety law was to be passed in the country to protect aged parents. It is a shame if you ask me that a law needs to be passed for a virtue that was supposed to be part of our heritage; a trait that was supposedly built-in within us.

Coincidentally I have just finished reading the book by Amy Chua - The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In one part, the author highlighted the contrast of the Western and Chinese cultures. Some of the Western parents would hold the thought that their children are not 'obligated' to care for them when they are old, the children's obligation is only to the next generation and it goes on like that. On the contrary, the Chinese (or most Asian) culture had it that just as the parents have worked hard to care for and nurture the child, the child 'owes' it to their parents to take care for them the same way. Personally, I am skewed towards the Chinese behaviour (if you can call it that) but I do not feel it is because I owe it to them; rather it is 'just because'. Just because they are my parents, I will care for them. No why, no questioning of whether they have done anything to merit my love and attention for them, just 'just because'.

(Hmm... this post was supposed to be about the CNY ads for the year... let's get back on track)

I think somehow, good touching CNY ads can't run far from linking in with family ties and filial piety, here's the one from Eu Yan Sang.

And this one from Naga DDB is funny, 2014 is not a good year so it is to be replaced by 2013A ... aiyo, like that also can ah?! LOL

Stay tuned for the second part of this in the next post (which hopefully I will complete before the 15 days of celebration end next Friday, today is the 9th day in case you lost count).

马年亨通,万马奔腾, wishing all a happy and prosperous new year.