Monday, 30 January 2006

Lunch at Bentong

We arrived at Bentong at about 2 pm and had lunch at the restaurant. Sorry the picture is not that clear, one of the waitress helped me to take the picture.
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Hanging out at uncle's place after lunch
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My nephew ... Boy am I old ... wonder when I will kids of my own ... :)
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Thean Hou Temple

Every year on the second day of Chinese New Year, we will drive to Bentong to have lunch with the relatives. On the way my family will drop by Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur to pay their respect and to pray for a good year for them. As for me, I went around the temple snapping pictures while waiting for my family/.
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The path to the Tortoise Pond
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My favorite dragon fly ... :)
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Mom and sis
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Dad and mom checking some of the souvenirs
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The year of the Doggy ..woof woof
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Shops along the road from the parking lot leading to the temple
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Blessings from parents

Every year on the first day of Chinese New Year after the vegetarian breakfast, we will change into our new clothes and make Chinese Tea to pay respect to our parents. Each of us took our turns to offer the tea to our parents and wish them Happy New Year, good health, long life and prosperity. And in return after our parents drank the tea, they will give their blessings to us and also an ang pow each :) I had recorded a short video of my mom wishing us all and it was really cute and meaning but I was not able to upload it ... maybe one day when I can figure out how to upload, I will put up the video.
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I thank God for my family .... :)

Vegetarin breakfast

This morning ... we had vegetarian breakfast ... I dont even know the names of the ingredients used to prepare the dish but it was our yearly favorite and mom had mastered it ... yummy
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Mushroom, vegetable and etc ... dont know the ingredients
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Vegetarin Char Siew (vegetarian bbq pork)
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Vegetarian intestines

Mandarin orange

Erm some other uses of mandarin oranges .... well last night, my family decided to roll mandarin oranges in the living room ... as it is supposed to bring fortune into the household.... well we had fun ... to me .. it was the togetherness that warmed my heart.
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Sunday, 29 January 2006

Small Steps

Small Steps
Take Small Steps Today!

1. Walk to work.
2. Use fat free milk over whole milk.
3. Do sit-ups in front of the TV.
4. Walk during lunch hour.
5. Drink water before a meal.
6. Eat leaner red meat & poultry.
7. Eat half your dessert.
8. Walk instead of driving whenever you can.
9. Take family walk after dinner.
10. Skate to work instead of driving.
11. Avoid food portions larger than your fist.
12. Mow lawn with push mower.
13. Increase the fiber in your diet.
14. Walk to your place of worship instead of driving.
15. Walk kids to school.
16. Get a dog and walk it.
17. Join an exercise group.
18. Drink diet soda.
19. Replace Sunday drive with Sunday walk.
20. Do yard work.
21. Eat off smaller plates.
22. Get off a stop early & walk.
23. Don't eat late at night.
24. Skip seconds.
25. Work around the house.
26. Skip buffets.
27. Grill, steam or bake instead of frying.
28. Bicycle to the store instead of driving.
29. Take dog to the park.
30. Ask your doctor about taking a multi-vitamin.
31. Go for a half-hour walk instead of watching TV.
32. Use vegetable oils over solid fats.
33. More carrots, less cake.
34. Fetch the newspaper yourself.
35. Sit up straight at work.
36. Wash the car by hand.
37. Don't skip meals.
38. Eat more celery sticks.
39. Run when running errands.
40. Pace the sidelines at kids' athletic games.
41. Take wheels off luggage.
42. Choose an activity that fits into your daily life.
43. Try your burger with just lettuce, tomato, and onion.
44. Ask a friend to exercise with you.
45. Make time in your day for physical activity.
46. Exercise with a video if the weather is bad.
47. Bike to the barbershop or beauty salon instead of driving.
48. Keep to a regular eating schedule.
49. If you find it difficult to be active after work, try it before work.
50. Take a walk or do desk exercises instead of a cigarette or coffee break.
51. Perform gardening or home repair activities.
52. Avoid laborsaving devices.
53. Take small trips on foot to get your body moving.
54. Play with your kids 30 minutes a day.
55. Dance to music.
56. Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office.
57. Make a Saturday morning walk a group habit.
58. Walk briskly in the mall.
59. Choose activities you enjoy & you'll be more likely to stick with them.
60. Stretch before bed to give you more energy when you wake.
61. Take the long way to the water cooler.
62. Explore new physical activities.
63. Vary your activities, for interest and to broaden the range of benefits.
64. Reward and acknowledge your efforts.
65. Choose fruit for dessert.
66. Consume alcoholic beverages in moderation, if at all.
67. Take stairs instead of the escalator.
68. Conduct an inventory of your meal/snack and physical activity patterns.
69. Share an entree with a friend.
70. Grill fruits or vegetables.
71. Eat before grocery shopping.
72. Choose a checkout line without a candy display.
73. Make a grocery list before you shop.
74. Buy 100% fruit juices over soda and sugary drinks.
75. Stay active in winter. Play with your kids.
76. Flavor foods with herbs, spices, and other low fat seasonings.
77. Remove skin from poultry before cooking to lower fat content.
78. Eat before you get too hungry.
79. Don't skip breakfast.
80. Stop eating when you are full.
81. Snack on fruits and vegetables.
82. Top your favorite cereal with apples or bananas.
83. Try brown rice or whole-wheat pasta.
84. Include several servings of whole grain food daily.
85. When eating out, choose a small or medium portion.
86. If main dishes are too big, choose an appetizer or a side dish instead.
87. Ask for salad dressing "on the side".
88. Don't take seconds.
89. Park farther from destination and walk.
90. Try a green salad instead of fries.
91. Bake or broil fish.
92. Walk instead of sitting around.
93. Eat sweet foods in small amounts.
94. Take your dog on longer walks.
95. Drink lots of water.
96. Cut back on added fats or oils in cooking or spreads.
97. Walk the beach instead of sunbathing.
98. Walk to a co-worker's desk instead of emailing or calling them.
99. Carry your groceries instead of pushing a cart.
100. Use a snow shovel instead of a snow blower.
101. Cut high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces and only eat a few pieces.
102. Use nonfat or low-fat sour cream, mayo, sauces, dressings, and other condiments.
103. Replace sugar sweetened beverages with water and add a twist of lemon or lime.
104. Replace high-saturated fat/high calorie seasonings with herbs grown in a small herb garden in your kitchen window.
105. Refrigerate prepared soups before you eat them. As the soup cools, the fat will rise to the top. Skim it off the surface for reduced fat content.
106. When eating out, ask your server to put half your entrée in a to-go bag.
107. Substitute vegetables for other ingredients in your sandwich.
108. Every time you eat a meal, sit down, chew slowly, and pay attention to flavors and textures.
109. Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had jicama, plantain, bok choy, starfruit or papaya?)
110. Make up a batch of brownies with applesauce instead of oil or shortening.
111. Instead of eating out, bring a healthy, low calorie lunch to work.
112. Ask your sweetie to bring you fruit or flowers instead of chocolate.
113. Speak up for the salad bar when your coworkers are picking a restaurant for lunch, and remember calories count, so pay attention to how much and what you eat.
114. When walking, go up the hills instead of around them.
115. Walk briskly through the mall and shop 'til you drop ... pounds.
116. Clean your closet and donate clothes that are too big.
117. Take your body measurements to gauge progress.
118. Buy a set of hand weights and play a round of Simon Says with your kids - you do it with the weights, they do without.
119. Swim with your kids.

The will of God

Received this email from a dear friend .. thought I will share it :) It spoke to me.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mould you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

"Everything happens for a purpose. We may not see
the wisdom of it all now, but trust and believe
in the Lord that everything is for the best."

The way to be anxious about nothing is to
be prayerful about everything.

Saturday, 28 January 2006

"WHO AM I?"

I found this from my dear friend's blog and it speaks to me.... who am I ...

"WHO AM I?"

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Who am I? They often tell me I would step from my cell's confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly, like a squire from his country-house.

Who am I? They also tell me I would talk to my warders freely and friendly and clearly, as though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me I would bear the days of misfortune equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which other men tell of?
Or am I only what I myself know of myself,
restless and longing and sick,
like a bird in a cage, struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat,
yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,
thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness,
trembling with anger at despotisms and petty humiliation,
tossing in expectation of great events,
powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,
weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,faint, and ready to say farewell to it all?

Who am I? This or the other?
Am I one person today, and tomorrow another?
Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling?
Or is something within me still like a beaten army, fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
Whoever I am, thou knowest, O God, I am thine.

Thanks jimbo ... there is still life left to fight back and I will not give up ... never ... thanks for the wake up call and thanks for the truth in love. God is good..... and I am His .. Amen

Reunion Dinner

This year, all of us were home for reunion dinner. Every year, it will just be 4 of us as my brother is working at UK. This year he managed to take leave to come celebrate Chinese New Year at home. One of my cousins also joined us for the reunion dinner as he was home alone.

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My family, mom, me, bro,sis, dad and my cousin
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BBQ pork
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Seafood vegetable
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Steamed chicken
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Abalone and mushroom stew
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Pork with potatoes
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Pork Stew
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Century eggs with pickled garlic
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I thank God for my family and for another year that we can be together. May this year be a great year for all of us.

I want to be alive again this year ... to have the zeal again to excel in what I do and passion for my work and my masters program. I think somewhere in 2005 I had died and was just going through life like a zombie. I just feel so numb to the things around me. I was just working out of spinal reflex and I didn't care about anything. I was dead. It is time to be alive again. I had a really great chat with a dear friend (more like a brother actually) on Friday about the state I was in. He was the one who pointed out the state I was in and he cared enough to tell me the truth in love. It was tough but the healing started ... my heart started to beat again, blood started flowing through my veins again and slowly but surely God breath life into me again. The fighter within is revived again. Yes it is worth it.

Those who know me ... do keep me in prayers ... thanks ....

Home sweet home...

It is so good to be home. As usual today is our yearly last minute house cleaning before we have the reunion dinner at night. We had to clean the windows, mosquito nets, fans, toilets, etc ... the list goes on and on. This year my bro is back from UK, so there is an extra hand to help get the job done. Anyway I snapped some pictures from my house back in Seremban ...

Kiwi Glass Cleaner (nope I dont have any commission from Kiwi)
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Mom's flowers
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More of mom's flowers
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A vase with porcelain flowers - delicate
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Was trying out this shot, my dad bought this lighted water fountain/ball for fung sui...
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