Space to Grow

Posted on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 by haan | 3 comments
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Saw these statements somewhere today:

If you feel like some of the people in your life still see you like you were X years ago, but in your heart of hearts you know you have changed immeasurably, then you need to talk to them about it. It's not a matter of shocking the pants off them but you do need to let them know that they need to allow you to grow!

Suddenly realized that, the act of ASSUMING people are still the same as you last met/talked to them, is a way of not allowing others to grow. (so serious~~)

So, should we start a conversation by asking an OPEN QUESTION, giving others a chance to share with us, how they have changed and grown over the "now minus x" period?

I guess most people are prone to see others as no change, whilst not liking others to see ourselves as the same as our "past version".

Hay Bales in Sekinchan

Posted on Saturday, 26 June 2010 by haan | 4 comments
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Last Sunday, out of expectation, I shot how the hay bales are made. Created an album in Facebook to share the photos with my fellow friends. A lot of people unexpectedly liked the album.

The figure actually outnumbered my NZ photo albums :)


The above shows the change of the paddy fields. From having some greens left, till the greens gradually faded, then become a total brown. The fourth photo shows the close view of grass hay.

This week, almost all the fields have been harvested. Normally, field burning is the next thing to be done by the farmers, to prepare for another new season.


Almost 3 years ago, I used to share here about the burnt fields. That is the most traditional method to clean the fields. Of course, to have the field easy to burn, it has to be sufficiently dry. These few days, rain is frequent in Sekinchan, therefore you see the burnt field in the photo above is dampened.

However, in recent years, I notice the occurence of hay bales in Sekinchan. Prior to this, I've only seen them overseas. The first picture below shows the hay bales in New Zealand (source: click here).


While being accompanied by some models, the hay bales appear to be more lively.


The photos were taken during my ex-colleagues' visit during June 2009.

In fact, I'm not too sure how and exactly when this haymaking technology was introduced to the local farmers. As far as I know, the farmers actually do not earn much by selilng these hay bales to others as animal fodder. Sometimes, after these hay bales are made, there are mischievous people burning them off before the bales are sold for a little money return (RM 50).

Normally, about 20 hay bales can be produced from half a field. You can count from the following photo, which is newly taken just today.


Some time ago, I did a search about hay bales. Wikipedia provides quite a comprehensive elaboration. From the page, it mentions there are hay of good and bad quality.



Good quality hay is green and not too coarse, and includes plant heads and leaves as well as stems. This is fresh grass/alfalfa hay, newly baled. (Source: Wikipedia)


Poor quality hay is dry, bleached out and coarse-stemmed. Sometimes, hay stored outdoors will look like this on the outside but still be green inside the bale. A dried, bleached or coarse bale is still edible and provides some nutritional value as long as it is dry and not moldy, dusty, or rotting. (Source: Wikipedia)

There are also square hays (Source of images: Wikipedia). I wonder will they occur in Sekinchan someday in the future?


Round bales are harder to handle than square bales but compress the hay more tightly.

Hay is grass, legumes or other herbaceous plants that have been cut, dried, and stored for use as animal fodder, particularly for grazing livestock such as cattle, horses, goats, and sheep. Hay is also fed to pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Pigs may be fed hay, but they do not digest it as efficiently as more fully herbivorous animals.

Hay is very sensitive to weather conditions, particularly when it is harvested. In drought conditions, both seed and leaf production are stunted, making hay that has a high ratio of dry coarse stems that have very low nutritional values. If the weather is too wet, the cut hay may spoil in the field before it can be baled. The hay may also develop rot and mold after being baled, creating the potential for toxins to form in the feed, which could make the animals sick. It also has to be stored in a manner to prevent it from getting wet. Mold and spoilage reduce nutritional value and may cause illness in animals.

Source: Wikipedia

What's the machine producing the hay bales? It's called a hay baler. In order to provide a better viewing experience of the process of haymaking, I purposely downloaded Windows Movie Maker 2.6 to manage my continous shots. This is the first movie I've ever made in my life (very simple one to start with, hehe)!


Regarding its name in Chinese, a friend, who is also an avid photography fan, calls it 卷卷草. To be frank, when I saw this term for the first time, I did go to Google Image Search to find out what's it. None of the images seem to be right! After awhile, only I realized she meant these hay bales.


What would I call it in Chinese? Personally I feel the term 卷卷草 is not perfectly suitable, as grass (草) is not the same as hay (乾草). I feel it's more suitable to be called 乾草捆 or 乾草卷.

What do you think?

My First Photobook - Footprints in New Zealand

Posted on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 by haan | 7 comments
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I started to create this photobook via Lulu.com since early April. I successfully have something I could share with others only today (end of June).

First trial - published the photobook successfully. Discovered some typos. Wished to revise the project but the project failed to load. Contacted Lulu's support, but nothing could be sorted out. They said my project could be too large, hence it was unable to load successfully.

Second trail - tried to create another project. Similar to the first one, it has 90 pages. This round, the failure occured earlier. I couldn't even publish the photobook! It took ages to process but never complete. Tried several times to publish, but still.. there was no positive outcome.

Today, 23 Jun 2010, after work.

Without much optimistic expectation, I logged on to Lulu.com, re-opened my 2nd project. Thinking to see if I could resize any photos to make the entire project smaller. In fact, I resized only 2 photos (to become a little bit smaller only), and tried to click on the "publish" button.


Surprisingly, I saw a progress bar of publishing! That means this time it's not gonna hang there for ages!

Eventually, everything was nicely completed. Yeah!!!

Would like to share with you my first photobook, which is available here.

Need not click on the "Add to Cart" button. Instead, you could just click on the PREVIEW hyperlink. I've enabled the preview of the entire book.

I do not expect to sell this book. Nobody will be interested to buy as well. I just wish to share my compilation of the selected photos.

You see a price there. In fact, the cost price itself is already >$50, a figure decided by Lulu.com (considering the number of pages, paper size, type of binding), not a price set by me. The earning from selling each book is less than $5. Of course, I can set a higher price, but I didn't. Just follow the default price given by Lulu.

Honestly, I do plan to order a hardcopy for myself. No special purpose but just as a memory for myself. Yet to check out how much is the postage.

If you take time to preview the book, would you mind to provide me feedback? This is anyway my first photobook. Any comment is very much appreciated.

Trust

Posted on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 by haan | 0 comments
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相信(一)

前兩天有人問我,是否還要再去多一次停泊島?

五月尾停泊島潛水、八月尾刁曼島潛水,間中再多加一個“七月尾停泊島潛水”?

會不會太頻密了啊?

心裡有這樣的疑問,可是我還是說“沒問題”,因為上一次,真的不夠盡興,還可以說是有遺憾。爲什麽停泊島不像我想像中那麼美、那麼爽的?以前沒有潛水的朋友,執照考了就擱在那裡。現在,難得有人帶頭組辦,我只要點頭、準備好錢就可以了。


以前都是我帶人家去做那些所謂瘋狂的事,現在,我很希望被人帶。除了因為想調換一下角色,也因為,以前扮演那種角色經歷了太多失望。

我信任的人越來越少,但值得慶倖的是,相信我的人似乎沒有減少。謝謝這些人。


相信(二)

今天和一個人在網上聊起來。

好像已經很久沒聊,其實那所謂的很久,應該只有大概兩個月。可能我不知覺地拿以前的頻率來相比,所以才會覺得久。

他用最簡約的方式告知了他的updates。一,是關於健康。二,是關於工作。三,是關於他即將在九月份誕生的女寶寶。最後一項,之前真的完全沒有聽說過。但一知道的那一刻,第一個感覺就是,哇,又是一個處女座噢!

我聽了也很開心,只因為,我知道他期待有一個孩子,期待了很久。以前,有太多的原因,讓這個願望難以實現。


曾經有一次,他告訴我,他和別人在一間國外的餐廳用餐時,突然想到我,因為我們以前也曾經在同樣的地方用餐,並且有特別的回憶。關於這些記憶,我又怎麼會忘記?只是基於某些原因,儘量不要去想起而已。

今早我才回答一個留言,大意為:就算你說我自大也改變不了什麽,除非那是來自一個對我來說很有份量的人。要成為“對我來說很有份量的人”,基本上不容易,可是這些人,曾經在不知不覺中形成和存在過,爾後也在我無法控制的情況下離開。剛剛提到的這個人,就是其中一個。以前他對我的影響很大,現在,似乎還有一點。這種影響力會持續多久,我也不曉得。

有時我們會懷疑,到底別人對我們的好,是真情還是假意?而當你還在思考這個問題時,可能已經陷入了不可能不去相信的情況了。

如果這一切真的是一個美麗的謊言,我會希望永遠活在這美麗謊言當中。不要讓我知道真相,真的真的不要。

Pondering...

Posted on Monday, 21 June 2010 by haan | 4 comments
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寫了上一篇,其實還有一直在思考,我個人的說法是否過火、太自我...

或許會有人認為,人啊,在社會里浮沉打滾,很難不被污染,很難保留當初那份赤子之心,最終還是會向現實低頭,放棄當初的純真、直接、誠實、認真。


世界上沒有所謂的永恆。就好像,十歲時的單純,人們稱之為可愛;三十歲時的單純,人們稱之為愚蠢。就算你真的可以堅持,社會對你的眼光、評價也會讓你開始懷疑自己。

至於可愛和愚蠢之間的差別,到底又有多大呢?

IGNORE is the way

Posted on Saturday, 19 June 2010 by haan | 1 comments
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之前在面子書分享自己的另一個所謂的“領悟”,竟然得到一些人的默默贊同。


那時,適逢一個無聊人(如果我對那人有好感,就不會稱之為“無聊人”,醒目啦!)通過文字問了我一個問題。基本上,我根本不希望和這個人有任何瓜葛,只是很多年前,我處於那種沒有選擇的情況之下,必須聽那某人頻頻的的個人謬論。

今時今日,當然,我已經不再“沒有得選擇”。其實,相似的情況在最近發生不只一次。只是那個問問題的人不同,被問的問題也不同而已。

以前,或許我是比較執著(好聽的說法就是“認真”)。對於別人的每個問題,我都盡可能很仔細地回答。所以,我曾經很忍受不了澳洲人那種A君問“How are you?”或“How was your weekend?”,B君不必多想就可以快速回答“Lovely~~!”的情況。B君真的是以蠻誇張的表情回答的那樣。

以往,我也是很不喜歡人家問我how are you之類的問題。我怎麼樣啊?那麼久沒見,我如何能三言兩語交代清楚呢?那時我已經開始寫部落格,所以有時我會說,你要的話可以去看我的文章。並不是爲了幫自己的部落引進讀者,只是那裡真的有比較仔細的記敘和訴說。


現在,我的想法已經改變了些許。我已經不再抗拒人家問我how are you。被問的時候,我也已經像以前自己頂不順那些人脫口就回答個“good”。這是最簡潔的答案。如果你如實回答說,“嗯,似乎不太順利”之類的,別人就會接下去問你說問什麽,然後你就必須開始說故事。

如此的耐心,我不是對每個人都有,尤其是那些沒什麼深交的。

另外,很多人問問題(什麽問題都好),其實重點都不是在問題本身。那隻是個客套話,或者是打開話匣子的橋樑。難聽一點說,別人對你的答案基本上也不感興趣。可能還會希望你隨便回答個簡短的“good”,那他就可以開始他想說的東西。

之前,也有個人問了我一系列的問題。老實說,我也曾經站在同樣的立場問了別人相似的問題,最終的不到答案。我瞭解那種是人不愉悅的感覺,所以我跟自己說,己所不欲,勿施於人,我就好好回答那個人的所有問題吧!

如我們常說,很多事情,不是說你很用心去做,就會有好結果。那一次,我好好地回答之後,得到的竟然是一些攻擊性、誣賴性的反應。我很不高興。我一直跟自己說,你沒有必要生這個人的氣,可是之後我的反應讓我瞭解,雖然理智上我知道自己沒必要生氣,但事實上,我對那個人現在唯一的感覺就是厭惡。


但,沒有問題,我只要當那個人不存在就可以了。

2010過了半年。至今我學到的最有用的東西就是叫做“IGNORE”,不理。好聽一點可以叫做doesn't care a straw。

那些豬頭丙問的豬頭問題,怎麼應對?不理。他因為得不到答案而不爽?不好意思,基本上我是有不回答你問題的權利。若他本身事實上也不在意你有沒有回答,那那這種反應就百分百正確了!反正他也不在乎你的答案,我還要在乎什麽呢?我的不理,還給雙方省掉一些時間呢!

客戶寫電郵來發爛咋,怎麼辦?不必理,或不需要馬上理。等過了一段時間,他應該氣消了(我也沒有那麼火滾了)才回覆。如果客戶根本就是自己笨,知到程序有bug還要在發佈會上演示(demo)給眾人看,然後大家都看到有錯誤或小蟲(bug)了,才來寫電郵來責問我說“爲什麽還有蟲,讓他們在發佈會丟臉了”,我又可以怎麼做呢?我也是不理。他都知道了小蟲還在(除蟲不在那次工作的範圍內),他要在大眾面前讓自己難堪,我又有能力阻止他嗎?

就如廣東人的那句:他要死難道我不給他去死?

以這樣“不理”的態度面對人和事,真的令自己好受很多。至少我已經察覺到現在的我和以前的我的不同。


今年剛回來的時候,在沒預料到的情況下碰到某個人。那個某人,也是死命在問我:你還當不當我是朋友?你下次要離開的時候會不會跟我說?你還是否存有我的電話?等等等等的問題。我沒有正面回答“不當”、“不會”和“沒有”,也是爲了避免那個人繼續追問我“爲什麽”。我覺得我敷衍的功力還未高超到可以令人enjoy,那個某人應該察覺到,然後識相不要再問,讓我繼續敷衍下去才對。

有人會覺得被人敷衍是很光榮的嗎?

至於上述提到的客戶。我“潛水”了一天,隔天,他私底下再給我發電郵,再問小蟲們是否修復了。那一次,我才回覆他。我說,“不好意思,病倒了,今天才回覆你......。”沒想到,他突然間對我很好,不再追問關於小蟲的東西,反而跟我說:

“要保重身体啊~ 有机会来XX逛逛啊,很漂亮的,旅游胜地啊~”

看到的當兒,我確實受寵若驚。再次感歎,要我不做說謊的信徒,那是多么不可能的事啊?

Chempaka Chalets, Long Beach, Perhentian Island

Posted on Sunday, 13 June 2010 by haan | 2 comments
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On the road: Last Night in Perhentian | Summary of Perhentian Trip Expenses | Fabulous People, Wonderful Trip | Blessed to be Home | Chempaka Chalets, Long Beach | Dived Sugar Wreck | Dived T3 | Dived Temple of the Sea | Bus to/from Kuala Besut | Made my First Video | About Perhentian (Traveller's Point) | About Perhentian (Dive Happy)

It's been long since I last wrote about an accommodation, which I stayed during my trip. This is because I've not been traveling for quite some time :P


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During my recent diving trip to the Perhentian Island, we landed on Long Beach. The place we stayed was Chempaka Chalets. Among the three available types, we were able to book for the longhouse. No other option was available for us.

As you can see from the website, in terms of price, it still ranked the middle (and shall be not too bad eh?!).

Honestly, I'd say accommodation is important as we were having tiring sports during the day. Therefore, at night, it's crucial to have a comfortable place to sleep, in order to regain energy. My friend was a little upset coz there was no air-cond in the room. For me, just a fan room would be sufficient. I was glad that there was an attached bathroom, coz I had to wait long for a shower during my times in the Redang island.


When I first sighted and entered the room, there was immediately an OH MY GOD feeling arising. Oh no, this is the RM50/night room! I was ignorant that there were MUCH MORE EXCITING STUFFS awaiting me at night!!

In fact, before experiencing the first night, all of us already intended to find another place to stay. We were okay to have the paid money forfeited. However, everywhere was full during the long weekend. When we enquired for other places and were told no vacancy, the people asked us, where were we staying.

We answered "Chempaka", and the people replied, what's wrong with the place? In addition, their prices were almost the same. I reckon there is not much difference between them.


I'd like to list out the reasons WHY I DON'T RECOMMEND OTHERS TO STAY AT CHEMPAKA LONGHOUSE:
  1. Too much mosquitoes. Even if you apply mosquitoes repellent MANY MANY times, it doesn't really help. Mosquito coils do not seem to be very effective too.
  2. Too old. Things are not in good condition.
  3. Too hot. There is a fan in the room, BUT... the fan is full of dust, and the fan couldn't really cool you down. Having the so-called fan is equivalent to having NO FAN.
  4. Electricity is limited, only between 7pm-7am.
  5. Basin is leaking. Shower is not working well.
  6. No towel is still okay. There is no toilet paper too.
  7. Scary if you can't stand seeing a lot of ants, wondering why they flock together :)
I talked to a Dive Master who was new to the place. He told me, he was working at a dive center in Big Perhentian before. The mosquitoes there only "operate" for half an hour everyday, which is around 6:30pm to 7pm. He could not understand why were there so much FIERCE MOSQUITOES around Spice Divers, and the mosquitoes repellent given by the other staff was not effective at all!!

After listening to him, only I realized, Perhentian was not that bad. We were just having a bad luck experiencing all those during our first visit :(

On the first night, I actually woke up just after 1-hour "sleep". It was so hot, and I kept scratching my hands and legs, making the existing wounds worse. I woke up to cover the wounds so that my scratches would not make them TOO BAD. When I woke up on the next early morning around 5am (for a sunrise dive), it was much better and cooling.


According to our analyses, the mosquitoes should be due to the environment around Chempaka Chalets. Perhaps it's too DIRTY. You can see a truly polluted small lake around the area.


Did you see how CLEAN is the lake from the photos above? The lizard appears very often at the area. If you would scream when seeing a lizard, I bet you'd have lost your voice before you left Perhentian :)

Also, for the 6 rooms belonging to the longhouse, there is no standardization. You would have different number of clothes-hanging lines, different number of power cord, one or no lock (but can request from the reception) etc.

In short, this Chempaka Chalets really made me having phobia with Perhentian Island, till I went to see a doctor and having my skin rashes cured. I shall visit Perhentian Island in the future again, to make myself having better impression with it. So far, I still feel Redang Island is cleaner and more beautiful.


We saw some people sleeping on the beach with mosquito net. I admire them!!


Some even need just a straw mat!

I'm not as cool as them. That's why when I was in NZ, I never ever slept in the car. For me, rest and sleep are of the utmost importance!

World Cup 2010

Posted on Friday, 11 June 2010 by haan | 5 comments
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好像大家都在說世界杯。

今天早上,我在電臺嘰嘰喳喳的話題討論中醒來。他們所提及的課題,是世界杯的來臨會否影響工作效率。來上班時,在車裡聽的另一個電臺也是在提世界杯。抵達辦公室,公司也有郵件來“提醒”大家,今天晚上世界杯就開羅了,而且第一場球賽是什麽時間,是什麽國家對壘什麽國家。

看來我的公司是鼓勵人家觀看球賽的,就好像沒有阻止員工在上班時間上面子書那樣。不錯吧,至少不會讓人先有抗拒感。只是之後是否會導致員工睡眼惺忪地來上班,那就是另一回事啦。


一早看了阿kun寫的《世界杯与我》,事實上和足球沒有關,只是有關到那個“每四年”的時間轉移。不瞞你說,今早出門的時候,我也是有稍微想一想關於每一屆世界杯舉行的時候,我在哪裡、在幹嘛。

4年前(一轉眼就4年了,真的是光陰荏苒),是我毅然決定離開澳洲,回來大馬的時候。我用了很久來思考這個決定,不斷問自己,是否可以接受失去當時所擁有的一切美好?我和蠻多人討論,翠霞還說,爲什麽我變得那麼躊躇了,因為她印象裡的我不是那樣的。後來,KH的一句“follow your heart”、一篇週末寫的文章,讓我理清了紊亂死思緒,也作了個很多普通人會質疑、覺得不理智的決定。

從跟老闆辭職到真正離開,若沒記錯,沒有超過兩星期。很記得老闆跟我說,沒關係,什麽1 month notice只是形式上的東西。況且,當時剛完成某個企劃,也適逢澳洲的end of financial year,在那個月尾離開最適合不過。

由於“事發突然”,我離開的時候,有些同事都不在,因為他們飛到了歐洲的德國去看世界杯。

再把時間挪后4年,那是2002年。

當時,我在檳城以遠距離的方式,念著澳洲大學的學士學位。因為寂寞難耐,我白天在律師樓打工,傍晚放工后就到學院上課。有些科目如Accounting,因為學院只有我一個人念,必須自己在家裡自修。那時我很幸運。學院裡頭有一個叫Mr Fong的講師,不介意讓我問問題并給予指導。我都是自己念,把疑問儲存了一段時間才去找他,然後一次過把問題問完。

他沒有向我收費,我也沒有請過他吃東西。就只是說謝謝,但這份感謝永遠留在心裡。

我記得,當年世界杯的時候,是我的考試前夕。那時的我,也不懂爲什麽竟然有興趣看英國對巴西,所以就一面看球、一面準備考試。


關於2002年前的任何世界杯賽事,我就毫無印象了。只記得,以前聽很多uncle說過,他們的電視機,是在世界杯舉行的那時候買的。

以前念小學的時候,首相說什麽2020宏遠,感覺好像很遙遠那樣。老師還會幫我們算,到時的我們,會是幾歲。沒想到歲月如梭,今天的十年以後,就是當年那遙遠的2020了。

我沒有很渴望知道到時的自己是如何,也沒有很害怕走向它,因為已經瞭解到,不管期待還是抗拒,十年還是十年,並不會因為心情而加速或減速。就如別人說,既然擔心也沒有用,那為何不處之泰然呢?

對了,今年的世界杯,我應該不會追。四年後,是否會記得今天寫過這篇文章,我也不肯定,呵呵!

Ip Man 2

Posted on Thursday, 10 June 2010 by haan | 13 comments
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從它未上映就盤算著要去看, 直到它即將下劃的最後一天,我才去看了這部電影:《葉問2》。


我從來不是典型的、喜歡搭最後一班列車、非得把東西拖到最後一分鐘才去做的大馬人。可是,這一次竟然也讓我典型了一回!

那裡的電影院沒有人山人海的現象。外頭下著雨、交通十分擁擠。慶倖自己可以準時抵達,還有時間四處晃一下才入座。另一個要從KL塞車塞到那裡的損友就比較可憐了!在我拿票時,櫃檯的印度姑娘問了我兩次“Ip Man?”,我才聽得懂她在說什麽。沒有想到她說的是專有名詞啊!

入座時,看到有友族觀眾,我還以為自己進錯地方。和工作人員肯定之後,才確定自己沒有走錯。


總的來說,看這部電影的時候,心情也是澎湃的,雖然相較于第一集,幽默的元素似乎增加了。

未能準時入座的損友,抵達時,正是葉問和徒弟初會洪師父那幫人。還好,之前錯過的都還未算是太“不可或缺”的部份。

之前從報章上已經知道戲裡會有甄子丹和洪金寶切磋的場景,老實說那也是我期待的。很多年前看洪金寶和成龍一起主演的電影,洪金寶頂著個蘑菇頭和圓圓的臉,通常都是被取笑或欺負那個,不然就扮又肥又矮的茶壺。在《龍的心》裡頭,他就就演了成龍的弱智哥哥,兩兄弟的感情十分賺人熱淚。(希望我沒有記錯啦~)


只是,在《葉問2》裡頭,沒有想到洪金寶是死在擂臺上的。很記得他的那一句:“為生活,我可以忍,但是侮辱中國武術就不可以。”老實說,我也不知道他那樣就犧牲了,留下了6個女兒1個被寵得胖胖的兒子,到底值不值的。

在上一集,是中國人打日本人。這一次,則是中國人打西方人。老實說,在不覺得西方白皮膚人特別優秀的當兒,我也沒有討厭他們。只是每當從電影看到以往的西方人怎麼看不起、利用和欺侮東方人,心裡還是會有氣。當然,生活經驗告訴我,不管是什麽地方、什麽皮膚的人,都有好有壞。


很喜歡看葉問(應該說是帥氣的甄子丹)不管在什麽情況之下,都可以心平氣和、處變不驚地面對。這包括老太太要來借地方晾衣服、老婆在錢財上有少許埋怨、徒弟不聽話、武功被其他派別的師傅質疑等等的時候。還有就是他既不高傲亦不滅自己威風的態度。可能這就是真正練武之人應該有的心境?如此高的EQ,確實不容易。辦不到的時候,我們都會說,這是人之常情。若我們不斷以如此的理由來原諒自己,要進步,或許也很難吧!

另外,就是葉問的形象很住家男人。打勝了,記者問他現在您最想做的是什麽事情,他的答案是“我想回家”。回到家,原來他的第二個孩子已經出世了,然後一家人樂也融融。


有時我確實會懷疑,世界上真的有那麼好、修養這麼高的人,以及如此完美幸福的畫面嗎?

我也不曉得爲什麽從小我就喜歡看武打片。看到葉問以連環拳攻擊對手,對方連喘氣、看清楚、改變策略的小機會也沒有時,心裡覺得很振奮(呵呵呵)!不管是打日本人還是西方人,那都能激起心裡的一股熱血。

講真,一看完《葉問2》,我已經想再重看。因為我默認覺得(by default覺得),看第一輪,很多小細節我都會忽略,而這電影值得我去看多幾次、發掘更多。

慘,好像中了葉問毒!

Quotes from Andrew Matthew

Posted on Tuesday, 8 June 2010 by haan | 3 comments
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I've forgotten since when, I've Andrew Matthews on my Facebook account, by just clicking a "Like".

As usual, he is having inspiring quotes from time to time, which are very useful to me. Since there are not a lot so far, I'd like to share the quotes with you here.
  • The happiest people don't worry too much about whether life is fair or not. They just get on with it. (9 April 2010)

  • Happy people don't just accept change - they embrace it. They are the people who say, "Why would I want my next five years to be like my last five?" (12 April 2010)

  • Assume that every problem in your life is a lesson to make you stronger. Then you never feel like a victim. (16 April 2010)

  • The Universe has no favorites. Your success and happiness depend on laws and principles - and how you use them. (24 April 2010)

  • To succeed at anything, you don't need to be a genius. But you do need a good plan! Most people quit. (27 April 2010)

  • Your mission in life is not to be without problems - your mission is to get excited! (30 April 2010)

  • For the world to treat you well, you have to treat yourself well. How can you feel like a mover and shaker when you have holes in your underwear? (7 May 2010)

  • When we forgive ourselves, we quit criticising other people. (10 May 2010)

  • If you want more peace of mind, stop labeling everything that happens as "good" or "bad". (15 May 2010)

  • The moment you get too attached to things, people, money... you screw it up! The challenge of life is to appreciate everything and attach yourself to nothing. (18 May 2010)

  • Happiness is not an accident. It is a choice – and it becomes a habit. (24 May 2010)

  • Do you ever tell people things like: "I'm FAT, I'm BORING! I'm HOPELESS!” Don’t! It irritates people. If you have nothing good to say about yourself, say nothing. Self criticism isn’t humility, it’s stupidity. (27 May 2010)

  • People who call themselves 'LUCKY' smile more, talk to more people, make more friends and persist more often – which proves its not luck! (2 June 2010)

  • No one escapes loss or disappointment – the question is how we handle it. Pain is inevitable. Misery is a choice. (8 June 2010)

Hope you like them too :)

Make-Up

Posted on Monday, 7 June 2010 by haan | 4 comments
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Around 5:30pm, if you visit the female toilet, you would see 2-3 Malay aunties there. They have just finished work, changed their uniform into casual wear, and busy putting up their make-up near the basins. During this moment, you might feel the toilet belongs to them, as they talk happily and loudly inside.

Of course, I've no issue with them. It's their rights to be there.

Just that I always wonder, is there a need to spend effort and time in making-up themselves at such time (end of the day)? It's already after work. Normally people only do this at the beginning of a day, unless they have special occasions.


Sometimes I will really think.. whether in their eyes, people like us (white-collar category who can just sit and face the laptop most of the time, and have the need to meet customer/vendor) are wasting the chances to make-up everyday? Whilst for themselves, they can do that only after work.

Perhaps what I see/think is too superficial. This job could be just a secondary thing for them. The moment spent after work together with their family is the actual worthwhile one, so they have to ensure they present themselves in their most perfect look.

Some people used to say, making-up yourself is a way of respecting yourself and others. I've been doubting such saying for long. How can the few colours differentiate if you are a respectful person? Sometimes it even transforms you into someone who looks more evil than usual!


According to Dayo Wong (黄子华), putting up make-up is a way of cheating with your face - coz you make your eyes look bigger, change the color of your face etc... He mentioned, if you can still be recognized after removing your make-up, then that's called 'make up'.

A lot of times, I see guys complaining, there is no beautiful girl in their office. Or they claim, the girls in their offices do not know how to make themselves look nice. No make-up, no dresses, no high-heels etc. But when the girls try a little bit of make-up, the guys say they look like panda (the making-up skills are to be improved).

In fact, the guys are not very good also. In the girls' eyes, they are also very 'common' only, not making the girls' eyes feel very rewarded too. I just don't understand why female has the responsibility in fulfilling guys' "viewing needs"?


From my point of view, the most important thing is, you present quality work. All in all, you come to office to work, not for beauty peagent competition. As long as you look tidy and not irritating, that's sufficient. Having to iron clothes every weekend is a tough job, compared to just throwing the clothes into the washing machine.

I'm lucky to always get a job which allows me to go to work in casual wear :)

Blessed to be Home

Posted on Saturday, 5 June 2010 by haan | 3 comments
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On the road: Last Night in Perhentian | Summary of Perhentian Trip Expenses | Fabulous People, Wonderful Trip | Blessed to be Home | Chempaka Chalets, Long Beach | Dived Sugar Wreck | Dived T3 | Dived Temple of the Sea | Bus to/from Kuala Besut | Made my First Video | About Perhentian (Traveller's Point) | About Perhentian (Dive Happy)

Today is Friday. As usual, I came home directly after work. Tommorow will have one-day-trip to the city again.

Time passes swiftly. Last Friday, I just arrived at Perhentian Island, did 2 dives, and went for dinner with my other 9 dive mates, taking vegetarian tomyam meal.


At night, due to having a sunrise dive next morning (have to wake up at 5:15am), I went to bed at 10:30pm. Mae was my roommate. You know, at 11:30pm, I already woke up, due to the terrible heat and crazy mosquitoes. I kept scratching my hands and legs, unable to sleep.

Therefore, I woke up to cover those 'sensitive areas' with something. So that when I scratched, it would not cause direct harm to those areas.

Today, I'm home. I can sleep in my own room, my bed, with a blanket, a fan, and a lot of pillows. Last week, there was just a pillow, a wall fan that's full of dust and moved so slowly like an old man (basically you felt nothing), and I was not sure if the bed sheet was changed after the previous people checked out.


Not trying to be fussy, but my skin really could not stand the not-up-to-standard environment. Next time, I'd for sure look for more expensive place to stay. I do not mind pay a little more for a good sleep. This time was really no choice. We tried to ask for other places but all were full.

Yesterday, finally I went to see a doctor after work, for the rashes on my hands, neck and even face (first time on the face). The Malay uncle guarding our parking area tried to tease me by saying that taking an injection is very effective. I replied him, my case was not as serious as needing an injection, just simple medication would be enough.


Who knows, when the doctor saw my rashes, he said, MUST have an injection, apart from giving me medicines, cream to apply, and something to bath with. When I was about to settle the bill, wow, it's RM100. Normally I'll be charged that much only if I go see a specialist.

Anyway, we've gotta pay 'tuition fees' to learn something. Luckily the 'fees' this round are claimable :)

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