Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour

As a support for Earth Hour last night, we switched off all the lights in the house from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. We only had the one tv in the living room on and watched the History channel. I looked out from our balcony and noticed that quite a few houses in our neighborhood participated which makes me really happy. It shows that we are aware that there is a problem and are willing to find a way to solve it. Way to go people of Earth!!!!!

Earth Day is April 22

Friday, March 28, 2008

Happy Anniversary Chris & Frank

Happy anniversary to my sister-in-law, Christine, and her husband, Frank, who celebrated their 6th anniversary yesterday.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


As today is Easter, we went to Buca di Beppo with the rest of the family for lunch earlier. Here are some pics... After lunch, we all hung out at my in-laws'...

Aunt Susan (mom's sister) & mom

Dad & Jim

Christine, Karsen & Frank

Yours truly & Christine

Good Morning

Easter Eggs

These were my first attempt at making Easter eggs yesterday. I have to admit that they turned out pretty good.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Salukis vs Sun Devils


The 2nd round of the NIT (National Invitational Tournament) between Jim & my alma mater, the Southern Illinois University Salukis (4) against the Arizona State University Sun Devils (1) was last night. The game was at the ASU Wells Fargo arena in Tempe, Arizona. We were suppose to go to the game but since Jim wasn't feeling too good, we end up watching it on ESPN (channel 32) last night.

I think it was a good thing that we didn't go coz the Salukis got trounced by the Sun Devils 65-51. The Salukis were leading for about the first 8 minutes of the first half of the game then the Sun Devils took the lead and everything start going downhill from then on. 2 of the Salukis starters are injured so they had to put a couple of freshmen in to play instead. They kept making shots but nothing went in. It got so frustating that I started to yell at the tv. My 2 sons got so scared of my yelling that they stayed as far away from me as they can without leaving the room.

A few of the guys at the software office I work for went to or is attending ASU so I'm in for some ribbing from them. Oh well, there is always next year.... *evil grin*

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Aunty Duya

Happy birthday to my aunt, Aunty Duya (Tengku Khrusia) who is celebrating her 45th tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My Favorite Pics

I took these two pictures a few days ago and they are fast becoming my favorite.

Tiger (front) loves Sammy very much that Sammy is by far his favorite in the house. Tiger emulates whatever Sammy does, he even learned to fight like Sammy (boxer style, jab jab jab with his left then "POW!" with his right). He is also very attached to his Daddy that he sleeps on Jim's belly most of the time. In this picture, they are both looking out the window at the birds on the front lawn. Sammy is in his little "cubby" which he likes to sleep in during the day. Tiger has his own cube too but red with blue trimming.

Sammy is so attached to me that he gets really jealous of anything or anyone (including his Daddy) that takes me away from paying attention to him. He is especially jealous of the computer. Whenever he sees me on the computer is when he wants me to pay attention to him. He will climb the desk, stand in front of the monitor or just plain sit on the keyboard or mouse. He's been getting worst about it that I have to resort to locking him out of the computer room. This, however, does not deter him at all. Now whenever I am in the computer room, he slamss himself against the door as if to break it down as well as hanging by the door knob trying to turn it (which he can't since the door knob is round). He would also resort to howling (yes, HOWLING!) outside the room to get me to let him in. As you can see in this picture his attempt to keep me from reading the "Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets".

Well, what can I say... I love my 2 boys to bits ;-)

Happy Anniversary Deen & Riz

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY SISTER, DEEN (Raja Nor Syazleen) AND HER HUSBAND, RIZ (Tarkriz)WHO IS CELEBRATING THEIR 5TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW. They are also expecting their first child some time in August...

Happy Birthday Nida


Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring Break

Man, I must be getting old... I woke up this morning dreading that I have to go back to work tomorrow (Tuesday). I had a doctor's appointment at 8:30am this morning and when I got there, the receptionist greeted me by saying that she dreaded coming in this morning coz last week, they were on vacation for spring break. That is when I realized that my office (the dental side) is off this whole week for spring break and I don't have to go into work!!!

Can you imagine that? How could I forgot that I don't have to go to work this week? Well, I take that back, I still have to go to work for the software side but at least that is half the work load I normally have to do.

Anyways, I am going to take advantage of the spring break by doing some spring cleaning around the house. It's about time too. I better go thru all the clothes I have piled on the guestroom bed and see which ones I can donate. I think I'll stop at the Home Depot later and get a weed whacker for the back yard. About a month ago all the weed and grass are dead. But now it's about knee high coz of the rain we've getting lately.

Hemm, I guess I'd better get cracking on those clothes... Catch ya later

Tired...I'm so tired

... this is how I usually am on the weekends (see pic of polar bear). I get so tired from working during the week that I need the weekend to recharge.

Yes, I'll do the normal housework but other than that I don't do much. The older I get, the lazier I get. I would love to sleep in on the weekends but it's hard for me coz the boys will be clamouring all over me starting at about 5am wanting their breakfast. Even after their breakfast is served, I'll probably get about 5-10 minutes nap time before they want to play and that usually involves thrampling all over me as they chase each other.

What did I do this past weekend? Let me see... Saturday, nothing... How about Sunday? Hemm, again, nothing. Oh I did clean the bathroom and kitchen... that's about it.

Yawn... today is Monday... and even though I don't work on Mondays, it's usually filled with other things especially doctor appointments. Hemm, I better go take my shower since I do have one in 2 hours time.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

First Pitch

My colleague, Melissa's son had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Cubs spring training game last Thursday. Here are some pics of him on the pitching mount as well as by the Cubs logo

Monday, March 10, 2008

True Friendship

* A friend forwarded me this email and I thought it was funny so I decided to share it with you. Thanks Melissa..

This is dedicated to all my friends out there...

True Friendship is None of that Sissy Crap

Are you tired of those sissy "Friendship" poems that always sounds good, but never actually come close to reality?

Well, here are a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship. You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card -

1. When you are sad -- I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey.

2. When you are blue -- I will try to disloge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.

4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick -- Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsiness.

9. This is my oath ... I pledge it to the end.

Why? you may ask; "because you are my friends!".

Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Cubs game

Jim and I were over at the Hohokam Stadium (it's only about 8 miles down the street from where we live) yesterday afternoon to watch the spring training game between the Arizona Diamonbacks and our beloved Chicago Cubs. Above is a pic of Jim that I took with my cellphone camera about half way thru the game. The weather was very nice, temperature was about 74F (about 23C), the sun was out and not a cloud in the sky. I was slightly sunburned but not too bad.

As you can see, we were on the first row near the Diamondbacks dugout. I was hoping to get some foul balls but alas did not get any. A few that came our way went to the upper deck or to the section next to us. There was one that I would have gotten (it was rolling on the field straight to me) but one of the ground staff dashed in front of me, caught the ball, gave it to a little kid a few seats down, and slid & fell as he was going back to his station. Hah!! karma!!

Anyways, we had fun at the game. We left at the top of the 8th inning (there are 9 innings for those of you who don't know much about baseball). Oh, we were parked right in front of the gate since Jim got a temporary handicapped parking sticker so we didn't have far to walk at all. At first we were a little worried about the car being hit with foul balls that leave the stadium but none came our way (Phew!).

The rest of the early evening was spent babysitting our little niece, Karsen, so that her parents get to have a "date" night...

By the way, Cubs won 4-1

Thursday, March 6, 2008


I always wonder why when there is a bunch of women (well, men do this too) working together, there will be catfight(s). There is always some kind of drama when women are put together in any close proximity. I am so freaking tired of all these catfights and drama. Can't we all just get along?

I don't know why but it seems to me that some people (men & women) just love drama in their lives. They seems to like chaos so much that they sometimes instigate things that would cause conflicts. They seems to enjoy seeing mistrust, arguments and/or plain dislike among other people that they would go out of their way to make these things happen.

With my current job as financial controller and HR personnel, I've learned that the best thing for me to do is just stay out of these catfights and drama. I have enough things going on in my own life that I don't need someone else's crap to deal with.

When someone comes to me to vent, I will listen but I keep my mouth shut and not badmouth the other person they are venting about. There are always two sides of the story. I will try to listen to what they are saying and let them vent coz most of the time that is all that is to it, just venting. I don't take too seriously what people are saying especially when there are "threats" in that moment of frustration, unless there is a real concern that that threat is going to be carried out ("going postal" for example).

I've also learned that when someone comes to me and say, "so and so says this about you (or anyone else)", to just not trust what that person is saying. Trust me, that same person will turn around and say the same thing to the other person. People like this are not to be trusted with confidential information unless subconsciously you do want other people to know that information.

I just wish that there are less bickering, backstabbing, etc. Perhaps the world would be a better place if that these catfights would just ceased and deceased!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Pet Diaries

Jim emailed this to me the other day and I thought it was hilarious, especially the cat diary. So here they are...Enjoy!!!

Dog Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Cat Diary

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!!!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear noises and smell of food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies". I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seemed to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The birds has got to be an informant. I observed him communicate with the Guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.

For now....

Monday, March 3, 2008

Margot at the Wedding

Jim & I saw this movie last night and very early this morning. We fell asleep half way thru it last night, so we watched the rest very early this morning.

To me the movie was ok, a little bit boring actually. Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black & John Turtorro starred in it. Kidman & Leigh played sisters in the movie. Kidman was Margot, a writer/author whose marriage to Turtorro is in trouble. So, to think things over, she and her son (who looks very much like a girl to me) went back to her parents house (now owned by Leigh) for Pauline's (Leigh) wedding. Jack Black was Leigh's musician fiance. Margot doesn't approve of Pauline's fiance since he's an unsuccessful musician, so she tries to put doubts in Pauline's about their relationship.

The movie isn't really about a wedding but more of a sister/sibling relationship. I think the movie would be better if that don't jump all over the place and move up the pace a little bit. So, if you are looking for a family drama, this is the movie for you but if you are looking for action or comedy...skip it. You won't find it here.