Friday, December 29, 2006

Quick Update

Hello people!

I'm posting from Singapore right now, just had breakfast of man tou and kueh washed down with teh chee. Yum, yum! Am going to Bugis for a look around but later in the afternoon will be crossing over the causeway to catch my flight to Kuching.

Though the rain helps a lot, I'm still feeling humid and hot, hot, hot! So hot I sizzle, maybe its not the weather thats hot but just me coz I'm hawt! lol

Gotta go, catch you next time!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

White Christmas in Melbourne

My apology for the lack of update but the last couple of days were spent over-indulging over the Christmas period thus I'm constantly having a hang over to write anything. Plus December 28th is drawing closer and I've yet to pack my bags!

So how was your Christmas? We had a wonderful Christmas here in Melbourne, a white Christmas actually! There was a freak change of weather and hail and rain fell all across much of the state and indeed Melbourne which brought much relief to the firefighters fighting the bushfires in the high country. At least they could go home to their families for Christmas, what more could you ask for from Santa!

This might possibly be the last post I write before I leave Melbourne so if I don't write again, have a Happy New Year and be good to each other. I don't know when or where I will update from next but as soon as I get access to the internet I will do so. Plus I will put up my prepaid number here so you can call me when I'm in town to buy me drinks! Hehehehehe..

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Wishing You All A Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer

We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some;

We won't go until we get some, so bring some out here

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I would like to wish all you good people in the blogosphere and happy, safe and a very Merry Christmas from Wuching and Terese! Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Why I Hate Going To The Dentist

I almost forgotten how much I hate going to the dentists until today. Not because of the drillings and jack-hammerings of my teeth coz for some reason I'm never bothered with those discomfort unlike most people. What I don't like about dentists (especially the dentists in Australia) is how 1 visit can turn out to be 3 or 4 visits over a stretch of time spanning 2 or 3 months!

Yes I went to the dentist today because I had a small cavity that needed to be fixed and decided to have all my teeth cleaned as well to get rid of the coffee stains! So you would think its a straight forward procedure, fix my cavity and clean my teeth. Should be done in half an hour but no! My appointment was for 2 pm but I didn't get out of the dental surgery till about 3.30 pm!

When its all done the dentist had to take 2 x-ray of my other teeth and later explained to me that he found many other smaller cavities that I should get them fixed at a later date. The x-rays were for my teeth that had receeding gum so he wanted to see how bad it is underneath the gum. So 2 more appointments need to be made to get my other teeth done! Damn! Why can't he just blardy do exactly what I wanted him to do? Always have to come back for more! That's why I don't like dentists! They get me back so they can over-charge me again, just see what he charged me today;

Periodic oral examination (Just by looking he oredi charge): $38.00
Removal sipra & subging calc & plague - 1st visit
(What 1st visit? I don't want a 2nd visit!): $78.00
Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph - per film (X-ray lah): $25.00
Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph - per film (X-ray again!): $25.00
Adhesive restoration (Clean teeth lor): $160.00

Total: $326.00!!!
My pearly whites: Priceless!

Pokkai loh! If you are deciding what course to take, go to dental school and be a dentist. Gerenti you become rich very quick! As for my future appointments, do you think I should go? After today, I hate dentists again so I don't want to see another dentist for a long long time! Seems like every dentist in Australia will get you in for follow up appintments so they can rip you off summore. Same goes to chiropractors and other professionals, they're all blood suckers!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

My Gastronomical Adventures Mark II

Today is the 2nd last working day for me for the year. Its been a damn busy month and luckily we were able to meet our deadline which is tomorrow! Coz tomorrow will be our last working day and I don't intend to stay a full day, I'll probably nick off about lunch time after tidying up the paperworks. Then its Hurray! Hurray! Its a holi, holiday! Won't be back till the 18th of January next year.

Got nothing exciting happening for Christmas though, just lunch at Terese's sister so it will be good. But what I'm really looking forward to is the 28th of December when we will be flying out of Melbourne and heading to Singapore and Malaysia! We'll arrive in Singapore around midnight but the next day we'll be crossing the causeway into JB to fly to Cat City Kuching in Sarawak where I'm hoping to meet the local bloggers. You know who you are! We'll be counting down the New Year in Kuching and hopefully not too mabuk the next day to fly to Sibu the foochow town where we will be staying for a week.

In Sibu there's going to be a lot of visiting the family and friends and eat, eat and more eating! Come the 8th of January we'll be flying to KL and staying for a few nights. There's going to be lots of bloggers who I'd very much like to meet but taken into consideration that it will be on weekdays and that I won't be staying that long, I might miss out on meeting a few people than I intend to. But not to worry, if we're meant to meet then we will but if we're not meant to then we won't. I won't be disappointed coz there's always be other opportunities.

After KL we will fly back to JB on the 12th and cross back into Singapore where we will stay for a couple more days before we head back to Melbourne on the 16th of January. I think it will be a wonderful trip and very looking forward to it especially to meeting the unknown blogging friends and the foods! I'll probably get a prepaid when I get into Malaysia so I'll let you guys know what my number will be so you can call me up when I'm in town to chia me lim teh!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Revenge Of The Haze

Just when we thought the sky is clear of the choking haze we had last week, it came back with a vengence today! And this time its worse than last week with blanketing smoke all across the city.

The haze is caused by smoke from the bushfires that are still raging on in the high country. Today with the help of the northerly wind the haze has return to Melbourne. Temperature is expected to hit 35C tomorrow so its another bad bushfire day and more choking smoke.

As of the 1st of January 2007 stage 3 water restriction will be enforced so residents are not allowed to wash their cars except in commercial carwashs, gardens can only be watered twice a week and only between 6am till 8am and between 8pm till 10pm. My garden will be dead by the time I come back from Malaysia! Die lah!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Rudolph and the 5Xmom

Only 6 more sleeps till Christmas and in case you've been living under a rock, Linpeh has released the final edition of Rudolph in your house song sang by the 21 bloggers like 5Xmom, Cocka and Wingz just to name a few.

Here's the song;

If you like the song so much you can download it from here.

But more importantly 5Xmom is giving away 2 RM50 prizes to 2 lucky bloggers who can tell which lines she sang in that song! To find out more head over to her post here.

Now 1 of the requirements for entering this competition is to complete this slogan:

Reading 5xmom is so...

Aiyo I dare not put here what I was going to say lah! Paiseh, so I'm going to write a lyric to the Rudolph song since we are so into Rudolph now. So just sing the words to the Rudolph tune below;

Lilian the 5Xmommy
Has a very generous heart!
This year she's giving money
2 bloggers are gonna win!

So if you want to win it
You just have to join the game
Head over to her weblog
It will tell you what to do

Lilian the yummy mummy!
You'll go down in history!

OK..if I don't win the RM50 then the competition must be rigged! Oh one more thing..I have to say which line she sang and the line is;

...Rudolph with your nose so bright...
...Won't you guide my sleigh tonight...

Apa ini? What kind of competition that requires I put my answer on the blog for all the other competitors to see! But just knowing the lines is not going to win it coz the judges are Linpeh and Wingz so...Psst! Linpeh and Wingz..if I give both of you RM10 each you let me win onot? Don't tell people lah, quiet quiet say I'm the winner OK?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Lights @ The Boulevard

I did a post last year on the christmas lights displays at The Boulevard in Ivanhoe and how time flies, its a year since that post! So last Saturday after the Carols in All Nations I decided to revisit The Boulevard again.

Christmas lightings in the houses along The Boulevard have been a age old tradition going back to the 1950's. Every year residents compete for the biggest and the brightest display of seasonal cheer.

I remember when I was growing up in Sibu during Hari Raya we used to drive down to the kampong to watch the colourful and wonderful displays of lights hanging on those wooden houses. The christmas display in The Boulevard brings back memories of those times so many years ago!

The lighting displays will be on from the 16th of this month till the 24th from 8.30 pm till 11.30 pm so if you are in Melbourne better head down there to check them out!

True there are a lot of houses right across Melbourne that have similar christmas light displays but ask any Melburnian and they'll tell you to to go The Boulevard. It has become a landmark of Melbourne.

Some of the older residents may have died or moved out of the area but in their places new younger residents have taken over the tradition of decorating their houses with bigger and better displays.

About 20,000 to 25,000 sightseers visit The Boulevard on the 3 nights before Christmas and the council is even considering providing free bus shuttle service to reduce traffic congestion.

Portable toilets are also provided as well as police presence to help curb trouble makers who sometimes damage the displays or steal them. Oh well, there's always some rotten apples in the basket!

This year the council is also providing additional entertainment which includes an Italian choir, a brass band, a clarinet trio and gospel singers. Its a really Chrismassy spirit here at The Boulevatd!

So I'm going to shut my mouth and let you enjoy the lights, play a christmas carol while youre watching them to get you in the spirit. Have a great Christmas! Remember its only 7 more sleeps!

Entrance to Santa's workshop with Santa's little helpers carrying boxes and boxes of presents!

There's Santa in his sleigh with the reindeers on the roof top!

Frosty doesn't want to miss out on the fun but lets hope he doesn't melt away in Melbourne's summer heat!

Can you see Bart Simpson on the top right hand corner and Santa driving a convertible in front of Bart?

Be sure to have a very Merry Christmas and there's still time to buy me some presents!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Carols in All Nations

Last night I went to All Nations Park for the annual Carols in All Nations organised by the city of Darebin for a little christmas cheers and spirits.

This much-loved community event is running into its 4th year and drawing more and more people every year. This year's concert was hosted by John Lane and featured guests like The Kucha Edwards Duo and Rosie Hilder. Both are local artists so don't worry if you don't know them.

But most of all it featured choirs from the local community like the Florinian Greek Choir, Fo'fo Anga Tongan Choir and the Gruppo Culturale Italiano Choir.

Best part of the event was during dusk when they lit the specially made star that sat on top of the hill facing the stage opposite. Its called the Northcote Star and was designed by the local artist Ken Evans.

Here's a closer view of the Northcote Star. Looks good doesn't it? I spent a few minutes trying to get a good shot of it, its hard to take pictures in the dark with my crappy camera but with the help of a tripod I think it came out ok.

Oh yes, the Massed Community Choir led by Ms Polly Christie (with the angel wings) marched down from the Northcote Star towards the stage with in candlelights to perform their christmas carols.

I didn't stay long after that coz it was getting really cold so I cabut! Brrr...beside, I had another place I wanted to go.

Friday, December 15, 2006

I Can See Clearly Now, The Haze Is Gone..

I can see clearly now, the haze is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the choking smoke that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Yes after 2 days of haze and with the cool change yesterday afternoon followed by constant rains last night the sky is clear again! Just in time for a beautiful weekend so have a great weekend everybody!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Hazy Melburn

Looks like readers are fed up with the story of D so I'm going to kill the story. Maybe when there's more juicy gossips happening to him later I might continue to write part 5 but for the time being D stands for died liao!

I woke up this morning to find a red fiery sun staring angrily back at me. The haze is back again after a couple of days of good clear sky the northerly wind decided to blow the smoke from the bushfires down onto Melbourne.

Everywhere you go you see smoky haze. This time its worse than the weekend, this time can fight with the haze in Malaysia! On the way to work we saw what looked like a foggy winter morning except this is smoke and not crisp cold clean air like in winter.

The whole city is blanketed by the haze, visibilty is reduced to a couple of hundred metres and you can actually smell the smoke in the air. No need to light up a cigarette today, got constant smoke to breathe all day long to keep you high!

Where once the city skyline was contrasted by the clear blue sky now all I see is haze! This is the worst I've ever seen. Hope it doesn't get any worse, hasn't had a decent rain for months and the grass is all dried up too!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Story Of D Part 4

To read part 1 go here.
To read part 2 go here.
To read part 3 go here.

It seems like D still has some fans out there in the blogosphere who wants to continue reading his story so I guess I can continue to write more on it. You know the drill coz I said it so many times before, this story is reader-generated. If you like it and want more, leave me a comment to let me know. But if you can't stand this stupid story anymore and want me to kill it, let me know also lah coz you don't say I don't know mah!

So when B told D about leaving the company in M’s name, D went ballistic! He and B had a big fight but nothing D said was going to get B to change his mind about putting the company in D’s name. B thinks D is too immature for such a big responsibility even though he is the eldest son of the family.

There is some truth to what B said about D’s irresponsibility. D has always been a happy go lucky guy. He didn’t like school and loved to skip school all the time back when he was just a boy. He has always depended on his parents for just about everything like money. No matter how old he gets, he’ll always mooch off his parents if he could!

On the other hand, M is totally the opposite of D. He’s disciplined and responsible. He’s the only boy of the siblings to get a university degree! No wonder B favored him to D. B knows that if D was to have control of the company he would destroy it so better to put it in M’s name instead. So how bad can it get for D now? Wait, there’s more.

Because D hasn’t been doing regular hours at work and his parents still had to pay him a full salary, they decided to put D on a casual hourly pay meaning he gets paid for the time he’s in. After much disgruntlement D agreed reluctantly. So now he gets paid by the time he comes in to work which is very little but on top of that, he doesn’t get holiday pays! Can it get any worse? Yes, there’s more.

One day D’s house needed some major repair to his sewer system but he had no money. D decided to ask B for some money from his long service leave. Long service leaves are for people who have worked full-time in a company for more than 10 years. Its usually 8 to 10 weeks entitlement I can’t remember but some people opt for cash payment which is what D wanted but you want to know what his father said? “Because you ceased to be a full timer before your 10 years was up, you don’t qualify!” said his father.

Want more? You know what to do!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Spring The Trap, Lets Catch Stewpig Wuching!

Looks like readers are losing interest in the story of D so I'll stop writing about him unless I get an overwhelming request for it! So today I'm not going to write about the story of D but instead I'm going to tell you what happened to me last night.

In the Sunday paper I saw a column saying there's a christmas display at this place in Box Hill and its free! Could be interesting, said I as I might be able to take some nice pictures of their display so I decided to go.

When I arrived at the place I saw people carrying a sign saying "Christmas Display" on the street trying to get drivers to turn into their premises to see the free christmas display. I went in and was greeted with friendly smiles and was shown where I could park my car.

I parked my car and got my camera ready, turned around and saw this man standing there patiently waiting for me. He came up to me and greeted me, introduced himself and shook my hand. Gee, what a welcome! I thought to myself, I've never gotten services like this before! He led me to the front main door and said someone else will show me the way from there on.

At the main door another man greeted me most warmly and led me into the door. I must say they did quite a setup with the christmas display but it was too dark inside because the displays need to be in the dark for striking effects so meaning my camera will not be able to take any good pictures. Moreover the man (I forgot his name already) didn't give me a chance to enjoy the displays in peace. He led me through the entire displays, talking to me about how Joseph and Mary had their baby Jesus in the manger, then the 3 wise men and you know the rest. Then I finally realised saya kenak conned laio! This is a church and this is how they recruit new members! I've fallen into a trap!

So not wanting to bolt out of there and trying to be polite and all, I listened to what the man had to say and I also asked a few questions making it sound like I'm interested eventhough I was bored shitless! But luckily the display wasn't long and we soon came to the end. But he's made his sales and the ball is in my court so to speak coz he gave me some pamphlets and badge to take home and told me about their Carols by Candlelight next weekend and that I am most welcome to bring my whole family!

So do you think I should go? Chey! If I wanted to talk Jesus I can always talk to 5Xmom or QV! Don't have to spring a trap like that to lure people into your church trying to recruit new members! Sibeh tulan lah!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Story Of D Part 3

To read part 1 go here.
To read part 2 go here.

Hello all! Welcome back for another episode of the story of D. I sure hope you enjoyed the first 2 episodes then you'll enjoy all the other episodes to come. If you haven't read the first 2 episodes then I suggest you read them first and leave a comment to let me know if you want to me to continue writing this story!

We found out from the last episode that D was actually an adopted child. To find out more on this we have to rewind around 40 years back into the past..back when B and his wife Y were newly weds and just starting to have a family. But tried as they might Y wasn't able to fall pregnant so after much consideration, they decided to adopt instead.

Their dream of having a child was finally coming true! There was a young couple who got pregnant out of wedlock and back then this is a bad bad thing! Moreover they were too young and had no money to take care of their baby so they decided to put their baby up for adoption.

So a babyboy was born and B and Y took the baby home and named him D. Back then D was the center of the universe for B and Y, they loved him very much and spoilt him rotten. Soon B and Y decided to adopt another kid to keep D company so they adopted another babyboy and named him S. D and S got along really well and they became the best of friends throughout their lives.

Then one fine day Y found out that she was pregnant! This was so unexpected but she finally get to have her own baby! B of course was very excited about the pregnancy as well. Some people till this day still think its a bit odd that Y could fall pregnant after all these years, especially that was during the time when B used to travel a lot...but that's another story for another time.

Anyway 9 months passed and a babyboy was born to Y and both B and Y loved him to bits! They named him M and showered him with all the luxuries that D and S used to enjoy. There's a new golden child in the household and D and S had to let M had all the best things B and Y could afford, like the best food, the best clothes, the best toys and the best Christmas presents! The good days for D and S were gone..

Fast forward to present day...B and Y are in their golden years but they are not allowed to get the government pensions because they make too much money. So in order to get that pensions they have to be broke and not owning any monies or properties. D thought that this is his chance at inheriting the company he built so he went back to talk to his father about putting the company in his name but his father said, "Son I love you dearly but you are still immature to bear that kind of responsibility so I'm putting the company in M's name." *DENG DENG DENG DENG*

If you want me to continue writing this story, you know what to do!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Haze In Australia!

Lets take a little break from the story of D to bring to you on the situation in Australia. I woke up this morning thinking that I was back in Malaysia already but realised I was still in Melbourne!

In all the years that I've lived here I've never seen haze like what I saw today! Normally on a fine day you'll see blue clear sky but today the sky was filled with smoky haze like in Malaysia!

Well, ok maybe not as bad as in Malaysia but this is the worst I've seen here. All these haze is caused by the smoke from the bushfires that are still raging across Australia right now. Its a hot summer with temperature reaching 38 degrees celsius with no relief tomorrow with temperature expected to reach 37 degress celsius!

Which means tonight will be an uncomfortable warm night and I won't be able to get a good night sleep. Should've put in that air-conditioner I kept defering. Now I suffer!

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Story Of D Part 2

To read part 1 go here.

Well it looks like I have enough interested readers for me to write part 2 of the story of D so here's part 2 after the success of the pilot episode of part 1! If you like part 2 leave a comment to let me know if you want to read part 3 or you can tell me to kill the story already coz its boring! Either way, let me know yah! Without further ado, enjoy part 2...

So D found out after all these time that he doesn't have any shares in the company that he set up. All those years of hard works have all gone down the drain! What is he to do? He was very very upset, understandably but his father would not budge on giving him a share in the company. D begged and cried to his father and his mother also but both parents were not keen on letting D have a share of the company. D was furious and had a big blew with his parents. All kinds of things went through his mind, he even thought about suing them but D is a weak man who's always under his father's thumb so he gave up that idea. He thought of leaving the company and taking all the clienteles with him but that would mean starting afresh and he was too scared to do that on his own. He tried getting on the good sides of his parents by "angkat kaki" but they see through his scheme and still would not budge.

D was in a dilemma, all he could do was swallow his pride and kept coming in to work day in day out. Soon he was whining and complaining about his parents to his friends, his staff, his clients and his wife. If you think D was really upset about this circumstance then you should see how D's wife felt! D's wife blew her top like a volcano! You see, D's wife S always thought that with D's company doing so well she would not have to work but stay home and be a "tai tai". She had dreams of going shopping everyday, getting her hair and nails done and drinks champagne by the pool with her rich friends everyday! But now all is lost and she had to go look for a job!

D continued to work for his father but because he knows that he has no share in the company he doesn't work as hard as before, he became very slack and sometimes would not even show up for work. Soon he’s only coming in for a couple of hours work and nicking off to get drunk with his friends at the pub. So because of that his father decided to deduct his pay for the hours he was absent! So now he’s bringing home less money which made his wife very very angry! S was so angry she couldn’t take it anymore so she called his father to demand his normal pay reinstated but his father said no because he’s not paying him for time he’s not at work. “How can you be so mean to your own son?” S cried out to B. “If he wants a full day’s pay he needs to do a full day’s work!” answered B. “You’re just doing this to him because he’s adopted!” *CHENG CHENG CHENG*

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Story Of D Part 1

Neo wanted me to write a post on my work but since there's nothing exciting about my work how about some gossips at the workplace instead? If ask me about gossips at workplace then I have 1001 tales to tell! I will start with a pilot episode first to test my audience to see how much you like gossipy posts, so if you like it and want to read more then you have to leave a comment to let me know! So without further ado, enjoy my gossip tale from work..its the story about D.

Once upon a time, there was a man by the name of D. D loves money like everyone else but D is also very lazy, he wants to be rich but he doesn't want to roll up his sleeves to work for it. So he always came up with all sort of ideas on how to get rich quick. One day D had a brilliant idea on how to start a business which he hopes will set him and his family up for good financially. He has the expertise but he didn't have the capital to start his business and his credit rating is basically nil. So he asked his father for help like always when he needs money.

D's father is a money face and tight ass man. His ass is so tight no one can brokeback him! His name is B and he loves money even more than D and he is good at it too so when D proposed to him about his little idea of business venture his eyes all lit up like a christmas tree! So he decided to help D set up his business by going to the bank and asking for a loan for capital, organise the paperworks and purchase all the necessary equipments for the business.

The business went really well, there was a steady stream of works coming through and money was coming in every week which meant both father and son were very happy. Whatever money they made from the first couple of years were used to pay off the loan, buy more equipments, hire more staff so the company can have more clients. More clients meant more money and father and son were happy!

Soon the business was doing so well that D got to drive a Nissan Patrol 4WD compliment of the company that he set up. Every year everyone got bonuses and all were happy. There was peace on earth then.

So after a few years of hard work and paying off the business start-up capital D's dream of an easy life with steady stream of money coming to him was becoming real. He wouldn't need to work anymore and would just play golf and go fishing everyday. So one fine day he went to see his father about getting his share of the profit but his dad said; "Son, I own the company. You are just working for me so you don't get to share in MY profit." "OMFG!!!" said D but there was nothing he could do because before they started the company they never put it on paper that D had any share in it. To be continued..

If you want to know more about the story of D, leave a comment to let me know and if you don't want to read about D anymore coz this story sucks, leave a comment to let me know also!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Go To My Happy Place, My Happy Place..

Its been a long time since I last updated, I'm not lazy but just too busy at work. Seems like everyday is just wake up, go to work, come home all tired and stressed out, go to sleep and repeat all of the above all over again and again! So busy can die I tell you!

After a long, stressfull day at work sometimes I like to go to my happy place above where I can de-stress and breath again! Here I can let go all my worries and just go blank in my mind to relax. But not everyday I get to go there so sometimes I go there in my mind, like today..go to my happy place, go to my happy place..ahh..

So I do apologise if you've come all the way to read the same old posts over and over again for the last 3 days! I will try my darnest to update as often as I can but when I'm so busy at work, there's no story to tell but how stressfull work is! But, I will do my the mean time let me get back to my happy place, my happy place..ommmmm..