Monday, February 26, 2007

Nonnie's tip #2

Because I'm still having a super thick CNY mood, i.e. more of house-visiting and gambling..MORE, I WANT MORE!!!

p/s: Only applies to my kpo close friends who gamble small small like $0.10 nya.. Ojipala strangers, I'm not available to be your 'kaki'.

Because I still have my (weekly) lesson plan to finish...(Deadline- tomorrow)

p/p/s: Rosie... Can ask your GB to advice my GB to change the format of LP from weekly to topical kah? Pleaseeeee.... We all will be really grateful!

Thus I'm not in the mood for blogging... but my heart feels gatal (itchy) to blog, so.....this is not going to be a long post.

You guys and girls showed a lot of supports to the ideas I gave for the first time... (click -here-)

Here I'm going to share my tip #2.

How to organize your


Head Bands!

I bet all girls know how troublesome it is to nicely simpan (I can't seems to find a better English word for it) our headbands.

edit: I remembered... it's "keep"

It is fragile and it takes up a lot of space since we can't bend it and hantam ching-chai throw anywhere, scare that we 'pecah' (break) it accidentally..

(I had countless head bands that is pecah-ed by yours truly sitting on it with my big butt)

And thus, I came up with this very original idea to keep my head bands..

Not the usual style like how the shops displayed them... You know, the goldfish bowl with lots and lots of pebbles inside...

Mine is like this.

Ceng Ceng Ceng Ceng
Tissue box!

Zero cost.

Neat and tidy.

Easy access.

And if you think that a tissue box is too big, later your head band will "hilang spring", meaning the headband will be enlarged and become bigger and loosely fitted (in fact.. mine fits nicely. Maybe because I got a bigger head), you can always use a different things to suit the size of your head bands.. Maybe some DVD casings?

I'm sure you guys have a lot of those black colour DVD case from when you buy those pirated DVDs from the 'communist'.

*wink* You know I know where lah..


You get to judge on the size of it, maybe 3, or 4 or even 5 cases, up to you.

But remember to stick them together so it won't fall apart. Wrap them up with a nice piece of wrapping paper and scribbles whatever if you like.

It's yours. Be creative.

(I didn't do it because I prefer them to be kept using the tissue box..or because I'm plain lazy)

Q: So.....Shall I give a name to my "invention"?

Sorry guys, this post is just not for you...unless you wear a headband too!

Eh, I copyright it can?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Kids Nowadays / Yusheng

Short Note:

This is going to be a bit of rojak entry as I got a lot to say.

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It was on last Tuesday or Wednesday (I can't remember) that I was a relief teacher for Primary 4 for their I-forgot-what-class.

I know it's a free lesson that I could just sit down there, do nothing and see the whole class of monkeys running around and save my strength to shout.

But, it's not my style. I like to give them a little activity every time, either a quiz or some questions for them to (spend time and) answer.

So I made a questionnaire, "Complete the phrase..."

1. What I want most in the world is....
2. I feel sorry for...
3. When someone hurts me, I...
4. If I were 21, I...
5. I like to eat at...
6. I am really good at...
7. I never want to forget...
8. Sometime I dream about...
9. When I was little...
10. My favourite time of the day is...
11. I wish I could...
12. I would rather read than...
13. I do not like to....
14. I love it when...
15. I am afraid of...

And their answers... Made my day! I was laughing so hard at it, not at their grammar or spelling mistakes, but at their creative answers!

Here, show you guys some...

(Pardon the mistakes yah)

Young and desperate

It's not only him who answered "Get married", but half of the class...almost 20 students got the same thing!

OMG! I'm 23 and un-married. Wonder what they'll think about me...

This is what I called, "Narcissism".

Don't ask me, I catch no ball too.

I love it when..
My teacher ICT give me play game in computer lab
Obviously, a hint to their ICT teacher, me!

Hehe. I totally had no idea what "Fire in the Hell" till my colleague explained to me.

Don't know why, but I felt really glad reading this answer.

Lastly, the best among all,

Cute or not?

I asked this particular boy when I saw his answers whether he really has a girlfriend now, and he said "NO".

He can predict what kind of man he'll become I guess?

But I really appreciate his honesty though.
I wish Bobby has the same answers too.

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Today is the Seventh day of the Chinese new year.

The seventh day, traditionally known as renri 人日, the common man's birthday, the day when everyone grows one year older.

It is the day when tossed raw fish salad, yusheng, is eaten. This is a custom primarily among the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. People get together to toss the colorful salad and make wishes for continued wealth and prosperity.

More from Wiki...


Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to You-uh,
Happy birthday to YOU!

*blow candles*

And this is how Yusheng, which practically means raw fish looks like.

B$38.00 from Excapade

Okay, the raw salmon initially looked a lot better than this, you know.. the usual arrangement with a flower pattern than Excapade always make. But the thing is, they packed the Sashimis in a different container!

Doh, how to empty and place nicely on this bigger plate leh? If I toppled it out, it'll look more like a big mess...

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On last Thursday, we had steamboat at Seaview hotel...

Not because it tastes good there or it's cheap, but because no one wants to contribute their place to be messed up and so we got no choice and steamboat at a restaurant lor. If not, our budget steamboat would only cost $5 per head and not $15 per head.

Bobby, King, Theen, SL, Kelly, ChaiWen and Shane

Sorry ah, my fat guy took almost 1/4 of the pic... I'll ask him to go on a diet. Hahhahaa.

After mixing everything into yusheng, the next thing to do is to toss and mix it.

It is a custom for families and friends to gather around the table and toss the ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying as many auspicious wishes as you can out loud to mark the start of a prosperous new year.

Sadly, the first thing that came out of our mouth is "AAHHHHHhhh!!!".

Because we're so bad in using the chopsticks and the ingredients fell down instantly.

Hehhehe. Noobs!

After all the mixing and tossing, according to (uncle) Swee Leong, he said that we're supposed to pile as high as we could meaning “步步高升”.

Don't know leh, wiki didn't mentioned about that part though...

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Shane and Wen consulting Bobby on wearing braces

And seeing Shane and Wen, Kelly said how nice is it to have your other half working in the same field as you.

Two dentists in love.

I bet their babies will have the healthiest and strongest teeth of all.

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The leftovers

We had a great time chit-chatting and laughing. Of course, stress free moments with all my beloved friends!

No need to behave and I get to say whatever I want 'cos they know me the best. Hey, friends for 10+ years you thought fake one ah?

And when we talked about doing houseworks, Wen said that they cooked together but Shane clean the dishes after it. Shane does most of the cleaning and Wen help out later. Wen only cleaned the toilet once after staying together for 3 years.

Stupid Bobby turned to me and said, "Can you be like Shane?"

I replied, "Why don't you do the works and be like Shane. I'll be like Wen?"

And we had a little funny argue that lasted for 1min... I bet our house next time will be super dirty and messy since we're both very lazy...

One more thing, Shane speaks better Mandarin than Bobby. Yes you read right, he (the orang putih) speaks Mandarin, somemore better than my banana boyfriend who lives in Brunei for 23years. Sigh...

p/s: Anyone want to do the "Complete the phrase.." too?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

House visiting / Lion Dance

Student: Teacher, Gong Xi Fa Cai
Me: (smile) Thank you.
Student: 'cher, give me angpao.
Me: Sorry, I'm not married yet, cannot give.
Student: Teacher alum kahwin?

(pause for 3 seconds)

Student: 'cher... You want to kahwin my brother? He's very handsome.

Hahahaahaaa. I got proposed by my student!

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Before I go any further writing my post, just to let you all know that... my parents are back!

Yeah!!! Finally, a decent meal and smelling & guessing what's cooking in the kitchen again!

Can't help but sing... "you ma de hai zi xiang ge bao".
(Children are like precious with their mum around)

And guess what, I just found out that my washing machine IS actually working. It's just that there's another hidden switch that I didn't turn on.

Bugger... I hand-washed 2 buckets of dirty laundry can!

Know what my mum got for me while she's away?

*ta da*

Yes, a pearl white bag with heart stitches all over it and the infamous black & white piggies, and also key chain and erasers of it.

And this is what I told my mum..

Me: Ma ah........ Did you actually forgot the fact that your daughter (me) is 23 years old?
Mum: But I saw it everywhere I go. It's popular.
Me: Ya I know... But, how can you expect me to carry this bag out? Some more got "non-halal" print on it, I can't bring it to school...
Mum: Sing Yan loves it so much and bought so many of them, a bolster, a bag, a .......
Me: Ma.... Sing Yan is 8 years old...

Don't worry, I'll still use it (just to make her happy).

I SMSed Bobby telling him this and guess what he replied,

"My dad bought me a Mashimaro bag when I was 20 years old to put my piano books bringing it to my piano lessons."

And he really used it, because I'd seen him carrying it years ago!

Things we do just to make our parents happy....

Oh anyway, at least mum got me something that I really love.

Crayon Shinchan's comic, volume 45

Hehe. What can I say, I'm a fan of Shin Chan.
Want to see my collection of Shin Chan's comic?

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On the second day of CNY, Li Ling invited all of us to her place. Man, her garage is already the size of my house. So sad can...

Group Photo
Ladies (L-R) : King, Theen, Mabel, S.Hung
Guys (L-R): Chris, S. Leong and Stanley

Don't worry, am not blasting the whole entry with group photos having the same face over and over again with different pose and different place.

Bet most of you had seen Lion Dance, but how much do you know about it?

Know what's the first thing to do when the whole troop of Lion Dance people came to your house?

Yes, you give angpao or pay first.
No money, no dance.

Then you light up the long long batang of fire crackers. That's the 'music' the lion dance to.

Then we add more music to it spicing up the atmosphere, the classic "tak tong ciang, tong ciang, tong ciang..." and repeat it over and over again.

Can we just play from CD?
Can cut down human labour and save more angpao money to get the kids played for it.

According to a trusted source, Yao, my neighboring kid who's also part of the lion dance group for some other school, he told me that each of the players are given B$80.00 per day.


I think I'm paranoid (blogger). Every time I saw people taking their camera out and start snapping pictures.. the first question that came to my mind is..

"Is he/she a blogger too? Hmmm.. Does he/she knows me?"

Sibeh thick-skin I know.

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The lions had to "sniff" every single corner of the house to bring in good luck, (I say one..not sure if it's true) and this particular one who went upstair (as below) had to reverse it's way out.

They say the head of the lion must face the inner of the house...

Don't ask me why.

Thus there's two person guiding the semi-blind people under the lion. The uncle in front used a whistle to "order" it (like a dog?) and the one at the back make sure it's ass didn't hit anything precious in the house.

Erm...I hope the people inside the pictures don't get offended.

And, please do not take what I said (about the lion dance) seriously, I made it all up.

After "sniffing" every corner in the house, the lions will go back to the front entrance and the owner of the house will 'ask' the lions to peel some fruits, usually mandarin oranges and pomelo.

It's funny thought.. We saw the hands of the people inside the lions reaching out for those fruits and later pass it to the person behind to peel it.

Then later "vomit" the nicely peeled fruits out.

Hmmm.. Can someone try to give them a DURIAN next time?

(Ish, evil eh. Nonnie, please be a good girl this year)

I took quite a number of photos of the lions, and... I made a comic out of it.

Just for laugh. Don't get mad yah.


Swee Leong had two different style of hair for the first and second day of CNY. He said he like how the back of it is done and so I took a picture of it.

Me: One..... Two.....
S. Leong: (Turn his head back) Sorry Miss, but my hair can't smile.
Me: *burst out laughing* Oh ya hor! What the hell I count 123 for!

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While the rest were gambling playing Black Jack at one of the house, Theen, Swee leong and I made a move first and went to our dear ChaiWen's house.

Everyone, let me show you my best friend of all time.... The girl who hadn't been back to Brunei for 3 years and I missed her so much.

Erm.. we're all a bit anti-social sometimes. We prefer to stay with the old and close friends. So like our friends always say... "It's always you guys and no one else".

The Accountant, Dentist and Teacher

Plus the oil or something engineer

We're in the same class for years and graduated in 1999. Went for our different ways in life and places for further studies and work. And when we get back together, it always felt like we'd just seen each other yesterday.

I wanted to post a picture of us 5 - 10years ago back in our secondaries.
But I think I'll get killed for it.

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Went to BSB yesterday again. Pay a visit to Bobby and his friends place.

Only took one picture.

This one, outside his house

Please do not look at Bobby's tummy.

And I know by saying that everyone will take a second look and focus on his tummy.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My Rockin' First Day of CNY/ Six Weird Things

I bet it happens to most of you. There were a few 'batches' of (annoying) kids who came knocking my door, having the
kams (mandarin orange) on their hand and said "Gong Xi Fa Cai".

Main motive - Angpao.
If no, at least can eat and drink for free...

Kids: Gong Xi Fa Cai
Me: (Smile) Sini nada orang yang sudah kahwin, nada angpao. (Close door)

(No one's married in this house, thus no angpao)

Do you think I'm rude? The fact is, my house don't even has soft drinks and new year snacks/cakes/kuihs! And I want them to go home and stop wandering out at NIGHT!

And...I nearly questioned them "Your parents know you're out for visiting house by house?", "What time you going home?", "Why are you doing these? Very dangerous to go out like that!".

Sigh.... Like my friends say, 職業病.... Can't help it.

I even, "Epp, cannot do that" to a little kid in the Mall arcade when he's trying to climb up the arcade thingie!!!!

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As mentioned, I spent my CNY eve in fotang with buddhas, ye and my bunch of kanasai friends.

So kanasai that they're making fun of my skin color whole night... Bugger!

Instead of saying, "祝你青春美麗", (young & pretty) they said "祝你青春美白” (young and fair)﹗﹗﹗

Stupid friends.

After the prayers, Ye fried some noodles and after eating we had a marathon monopoly! We played for almost 3.5hours, sampai got whole rows of hotels!

Nyek Nyek Nyek. I'm the winner! WooooohoooO~ If only those were real money.

(I wish to show you guys some pictures but I just realised I left my SD card in Ping's lappie)

Reached home at around 6.30am, slept till 11.30am when Theen sms me inviting me to her house for lunch and vroom we went to BSB to catch a movie.

Beng leh?
Instead of the usual house visiting, we watch movie and jalan-jalan at the Mall!

Tell me how many of you can do the same (without your parents nagging or threaten to disown you).

Here, show you guys the new Qlap Mall cineplex!

The movie we watched
Bobby, King, Theen and SL.

Better, because it's not the usual black background with white text on the TV screen.

Better, because they deliver popcorns to your seat when they run out of it!

I'm serious! The snack bar was out of popcorn when Theen wanted to buy. The staffs there took note of our seats and the cinema we're going, and DELIVER IT TO US!!!!

Cool or not? Popcorn Delivery!

The only thing I don't like about it is, this place is so badly labeled! Lucky there were staffs standing nearby guiding us. If not sure go "Holland". And.. The male and female toilets are situated at two different end of the cinema! So mafan.

But the seats... damn GOOD! Feel like it's reclining! Very comfy!

And the movie, "Ghost Rider", 2 thumbs up!

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Because everyone say "anything, anywhere" when I asked where to go next, I suggested we go NBT join in the crowds and take picture.


Apparently, there's not going to have a picture of pig in the decorations because it's not halal. So this year, they have plenty of lanterns, gold, flowers and cranes.

Look at the number of people busy posing and taking pictures!

I set my camera to snap picture automatically after 10secs, and run up the stair case and pose. Result, see for yourself.

(Even the boy figure was saying, "Look at this sa-po (silly girl)". )

Can only see Theen's hand in the pic.

And I can't stop laughing at my stupidity and clumsiness while running up the stairs wearing heels. I was running so hard that my heels made loud "kok-kok" noise along the stairs.

And the above picture is taken by a kind stranger. But, I can't help complaining his skills...! I ran up and down several times to check on the photos he took and re-adjust everything for him.

Don't you just hate it when people take blurry pictures using your camera?

The "gold coin" was nailed on the base but this particular one which we're holding was just lying on the ground. So I took it and pose with it.

At first the other 3 persons was saying, "Aiyoo.. you ah.. really ah!".

My friends love to 'tegur' and lecture me...But when they saw me posing happily with it, hoping that I'll get more money this year, they wanted to do the same too.

Chew, posers!

Money Money come my home


Had a hard time explaining what is means to my banana friends what it means and why "fish".

Hehe. My dear boyfriend who never fail to pose stupidly with me every time I requested.

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Having no place to go next and it's still too early for dinner, we went to the Mall. Macam Poklen eh~

Asked Bobby to carry my bag and wear my necklace to rasa how heavy it is, thus the shoulder and neck pain.

It's only for less than 1 minute. But this silly guy insisted in wearing the necklace even though I asked him to return it back to me because I felt so embarrassed walking with him.

All because I had a bet with him. If he can wear it and walk around, I'll eat up a box of ice cream. Erm.. he loves me eating fattening food in case you're wondering. But I regretted soon after I realised how malu it is holding hand with a guy wearing a heart-shape necklace....

Saw this in Iora's fitting room.

I asked the shop attendant why is it.

She told me it's because a lot of female shoppers like to ask their boyfriends to go in to the fitting room with them... erm.. as for the reason, I don't know la. You go figure.

Since it's a boutique selling ladies garment, there's no reason for a man to walk in.

So guys and gals... keep that in your mind oh.

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Finally, dinner time!

Our first choice is Korean food, since it's always red color. More auspicious mah~
But I think it's closed.

Second choice is Thai food, Lemon grass... Same same.. close also.

So, left with the third choice, Japanese.

Ordered some of the usual stuffs.. except for this!

The wasabi ice cream is so cool! You can actually get the tingling spicy choke feeling if you put a spoonful of it into your mouth!

The sesame is ok ok, quite normal.

My fat guy is not in this picture because he'd already left for his dinner at home.

More pictures coming up for my second day of CNY when I went for my first official house visiting.

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I'd been tagged by Tina to list out six weird things about myself.

“Each player of this game starts out by giving 6 weird things about themselves. People who get tagged need to write in a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state the rules clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names.”

Here's mine:

1. I can't sleep if there's a pillow underneath my head. Meaning, I sleep without pillow. It's more like a decoration on my bed.

2. I have a mole in my right EYEBALL! And a weird round print on my left ear.

3. I dislike things that majority loves.

Example, I used to like Hello Kitty a lot when I was like.. 7 or 8 years old. But years later Hello Kitty got so famous and I start to hate it...

4. I can't raise my right eyebrow! It is true.

5. My right eye is short sighted (200 degree) and my left eye is completely normal.

6. I dislike chit-chatting on the phone, because it is awkward to end the call. When I was still a teen, I did talked over it for hours.. And now I just can't continue for more than 5mins. I want to end it asap!

So friends, please sms me and try your best not to call me. (And I can simply ignore it saying I didn't received it!)

p/s: Come back soon for more post.....if I feel rajin enough..

Thanks Jason for telling me that I ter-lupa tagged 6 people, so.. here's the list:

1. Jason
(Chung Sun)
2. Ing Siang
3. Lizzie
4. Pauline
(De Pianist)
5. LSM
6. Iwan

(Forgive me for feeling lazy to link....)