Archive | January, 2011

A 10-minute revelation

8 Jan

It was a normal Saturday morning. I was watching “Life Unexpected” when I got a call from my mum.

“Hey, can you bring your sister to the shop later?”

“OK”

Nothing strange about that conversation right? Well, not on surface level. But if you consider the fact that my mum’s shop is just about a 10-minute walk away from my house, then the conversation reveals more than just a request to take my 13-year old sister to the shop. To me, it showed how unsafe our country is these days.

When I was 13, I used to stay back at school for basketball at least twice a week. After practice, I would take a 20-minute walk through Petaling Street (buy some CDs along the way), and take the LRT home from Pasar Seni station. I would get off at Wangsa Maju station, and walk another 20 minutes to reach home.

But today, if you had asked me to do the same thing, I would say NO. Because now, I don’t even trust society enough to let my sister walk alone for 10-minutes.

I wonder… what will it take for our streets to be safe again?

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Greetings 2011

3 Jan
First of all, Happy New Year to all you smubbly people out there! Happy first day at work for 2011 (Don’t hate me…I’m not working today… :P)
Since this is my first post for the year, I’ll be writing about various topics.
The most common question people ask at the start of the New Year is “What’s your new year resolution?”. Well, I used to make resolutions, and most of the time I achieve 50% of it… so eventually I gave up making resolutions altogether. But for this year, I decided to make one: “Live healthier”. It’s broad and undefined so that I can make little changes as opposed to a concrete statement that would doom me to a 50% chance of failing.
As part of my resolution, I started the Dukan Diet on 1.1.11. I know it’s the most cliche thing to do – starting a diet on New Year’s Day, but I figured that if I was ever going to go on a diet, this would be the best time to do it. According to the calculator on the Dukan Diet’s website, I’m supposed to lose 4kg and achieve my target weight in March. That’s not too long a duration and I think I should be able to meet that target.
Another part of the “live healthier” resolution is my spiritual health. You know, connecting with myself and with God. So yea, I’ll try to make more “me” time, and “God” time in 2011. These little moments should keep me sane from the daily grind, and keep me relaxed while I plan for our big day on 5.11.11. (That’s 5 Nov 2011 for all you “Americanized” people.)
On another note, I bought 36 Agatha Christie novels simply because I was attracted to the book cover designs. (Yes, I’m guilty of judging a book by its cover.) It didn’t help that there was a discount… something like RM35 for 2 books… so I guess I’ll be reading a lot in my “me” time.
Some pics of the books…

The 36 titles

The Agatha Christie Collection

Lined up according to colour

The Agatha Christie Collection

On the table top

So gorgeous right? Well, looks like it’s time for me to end this blog post and start reading one of those 36 titles.

 

Happy New Year!