Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nostalgia

a vegetarian zhang

I thought no one really reads my shiok sendiri writings, because my last few posts were about tea, popcorn, kangkung, salted lassi ...

Nothing really interesting happened of late, so I just shared some mundane stuff.

But early this morning, a friend called up to share some pointers.  She said it was ok to eat high cholesterol food, as long as it's in limited quantity. 

She said my posts made her crave for ketupat with rendang.  So, she invited me to go out with her to look for ketupat which still uses palm leaves to wrap the rice.  She doesn't want the ones wrapped in plastic.

"I stopped eating lontong and dumplings, even though these were some of my favourite food," she said.

My friend is saying NO to dumplings because people now use raffia --- probably because it would be easier for them to use raffia of different colours to identify the different types of dumplings.

"Even though the raffia has no contact with the rice, which is wrapped with bamboo leaves, it will go into the water since the dumplings are boiled for hours.

"You cannot cook food in a plastic.  That's why I don't eat ketupat anymore unless I can find one which uses palm leaves," she said.

My conversation with her brought back memories of  my late Mom making zhang  (dumpling) in the kitchen.  My Mom used the kind of twine seen in the picture above.

Ketupat wrapped with palm leaves taste better than the ones that uses plastic, in my opinion.

steamed prawns with veggie

My friend later went home and sent me a pic of what she had prepared for dinner.  She recommends steamed food to help weight loss.

Meanwhile, another friend sent me this message which he says is currently trending

"There is a new slimming product in town.  It is called Brexit.  It'll help you lose a lot of pounds."


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The enemy is not out there

kangkung

I think for every half kg that I lost through my workout session, I have gained back 2kg.  Should I be angry with all the delectable treats out there?  Of course not.  It is all the Mind.

The Mind can choose to look away.  The Mind can choose veggie over meat.  The Mind can choose not to hate and not to be angry.  Don't blame the temptations.

I had kangkung with salt just now.  I never knew you could eat kangkung raw.  I normally had it stir-fried with garlic or with sambal.  But raw is nice, too.

And NO that was not my dinner.  I had something else earlier, but it wasn't really yummy, so no point to share that.

I need to exercise as I want to look and feel good.  I shall cultivate the discipline to save money.  How to retire comfortably if we don't cultivate the habit of saving money?

Just some midnight rambling and a note to self before I sleep.  Good night.


Temptations and the power of discipline


In the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, known as Ramadhan, my Muslim friends will abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. I admire them for having the willpower and discipline to fast.

Personally, I couldn't do it --- not eating. Tried it once, several years ago. Got through the day though.

Same goes for dieting, exercising and abstaining from all wrongdoings --- all needs sheer willpower and discipline.




I have embarked on an exercise programme.  Started working out yesterday, but after a "vigorous workout" session, I went to a Ramadhan Bazaar in Taman Perling and bought some high cholesterol food.  Nevermind.  The next day can sweat it out again. 



This dish is called "sup gearbox" because the bone looks like a gearbox.   It's really super yummilicious, especially when you suck the creamy marrow out of the bone.  I must grab another serving before Ramadhan ends.



I also got the lamb and beef skewers, one each.  The lamb is priced at RM15, while the beef is RM12.  The meat is enticingly juicy.  



Finally, I got the "kambing golek" at RM10 per box.  The meat is not juicy --- not like the lamb skewer --- but it has a distinct taste, which is equally alluring.

There's a bit of tightness in my calf muscles as I'm writing this.  I don't know if it's the tempting treats or from the stretching and jumping.  It's probably the workout.

A little indulgence every once in a while should be ok, I guess.



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brewing Tea, Drinking Lassi and Popping Corn

red dates and longan tea
 
I made "red dates an longan" tea again today.  My 2nd attempt was better than my first.  I ran out of red goji, so I added more red dates.  This time I used 8 (the big ones), and I also increased the longan to 12.  There was no need to add brown sugar.  The sweetness was perfect.  Water 1,200ml.

I found an article which says red dates is also an aprosodiac, but because it is heaty, you can't take more than 10 red dates per day.


salted lassi

I also indulged in a salted lassi, a cooling savory yogurt drink that can reduce body heat.  It costs RM5.50.  Maybe I can find the recipe for this drink on  the Internet.  Nowadays, you can find practically anything on the Internet.  Just google it. 



 Guess what is popping tonight?

salted popcorn

organic corn


#reddates 
#health

May The Light Triumph Over The Darkness




The functions of both the 'devil' and the 'Buddha' exist within our lives. Ultimately, our battle is with ourselves.


Whether in our Buddhist practice or in activities, in society, or whether in historical, political or economic developments, everything essentially  boils  down to a struggle between positive and negative forces.

Maha Sadha Chandi Homam (on Day 3)

Daeng Hazimah Daeng Abd Rahim (left) and Ng Jia Qi

Hazimah and Jia Qi were among the crowd who thronged the 105-year-old Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple in Johor Bahru when the temple conducted a first-of-its kind prayer session which began on June 8 and will end on June 12.

The ladies, from Raffles University Iskandar, were with a group of friends, all photography enthusiasts who were there to capture the burst of colours and rich culture of the Indian community with their lens.


The Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam in Johor Bahru

A total of 25 Hindu priests from India, Sri Lanka and Singapore were there to lead the devotees in reciting 13 chapters of the Durgasaptasati, comprising 700 verses, a total of 100 times over the five-day event called the "Maha Sadha Chandi Homam".

The temple's president K. Kiruppalini said the recitation of the sacred verses, normally repeated nine times, was to be recited 100 times at this event and the blessings will go to the country, the state, the Sultan of Johor and his family and the devotees.

The Durgasaptasati is a scripture that is dedicated to the worship of the female deity, Devi, of which Hindus believe would bestow blessing to the people after a glorification ceremony.

The temple has been accorded national heritage status.


Priests throwing offerings such as wooden bangles and silk and cotton sarees into the fire


Maha Sadha Chandi Homam

Note: Event Over


K. Kiruppalini (centre) at the 105-year-old temple. Source: NST online

JOHOR BARU: Devotees at the 105-year-old Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple, here will conduct a first-of-its kind prayer session from June 8 -12.

Twenty five Hindu priests from India, Sri Lanka and Singapore have been invited to lead the devotees in reciting 13 chapters of the Durgasaptasati, comprising 700 verses, a total of 100 times over the five-day event.

The temple's president K. Kiruppalini said that normally, the recitation of these verses are repeated nine times, but at this event, they will be recited 100 times.

"There are times when the verses are recited 1,000 or even more than that. In Johor, this is the first time the temple is going to recite it 100 times.

 "We hope the blessings will go to the country, the state, the Sultan of Johor and his family and the devotees," Kiruppalini said.

The Durgasaptasati is a scripture that is dedicated to the worship of the female deity, Devi, of which Hindus believe would bestow blessing to the people after a glorification ceremony.

Kiruppalini said among the features of the five-day event was a 1.8-metre tall image of the Goddess Devi made of sandalwood, which will be completed by June 8.

He said the event will draw tourists to the temple, which has been accorded national heritage status and aimed to achieve world-class standard.

"The temple draws about 100,000 visitors and tourists annually," he said.

"We have invited chief priests from various temples as the verses must be recited accurately in accordance with the sacred scriptures.

"There will be a live elephant, horse and cow at the event which will see devotees offering sarees of pure silk or cotton, and bangles made of wood, among others, to the Goddess by throwing the items into a sacrificial fire," said Kiruppalini.

(note: the elephant, horse and cow will not be sacrificed)

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/149289/johor-temple-host-one-kind-durgasaptasati-recital


#spiritual

Flashback 2014

"Seri Omega Private and International School Open Day 2014" appeared in the New Straits Times on July 3, 2014


A CROWD of about 5,000 thronged the open day of Seri Omega Private and International School here recently.

The guests were given a glimpse of the Seri Omega stamp of excellence in character building and education. Among the highlights were cultural performances featuring some of the top local and Singaporean musicians.

Violin virtuoso Tan Guang Yu, 38, performed solo, accompanied by his mother, Wai Ying Ching, 66, on the piano.

Besides his solo show, Tan also performed as part of the South Front String Quartet. Together, they delighted the crowd with Butterfly Lovers, Csardas and Tango, both by Michael Mclean.

Richard Jackson, 46, flew all the way from Ohio, United States, to join his friends, the SBT Trio, to perform for the crowd as a special guest. SBT Trio, a band from Singapore, comprises Sebastian Ho, 38, Bobby Singh and Terry Ang, both 45. As SBT Trio was joined by Jackson and another musician, Brandon Wong, 36, they decided to call themselves SBT Trio Plus for the open day performance.

Another highlight of the cultural performance was Teo Jin Tian, 32, a guzheng player who performed Songs of Fishing Boats at Dusk and Dance of the Yi Tribe with five of her students.

Other performers included pipa player Lim Yong Hong; and the group Band Art and an a capella group who call themselves Flexitone Acapella.

Haivaa Hisyam, 31, who has three children studying in Seri Omega, said she was wowed by the performers.

“The cultural performances were well-planned and we enjoyed the clever mix of jazz, pop and classical music,” Haivaa said. She was accompanied by her daughters Shakira Banafee, 11, Ameera Banafee, five, and sons, Abu Bakar Banafee, 12, and Davi Banafee, 10.

Lim Soon Yan, 42, and his wife, Daphne Lee, 40, were also mesmerised by the show. Lim’s daughter Lyvince Lim, 13, is a student of Seri Omega. In two to three years’ time, Lim said his nine-year-old daughter, Felicia, may be joining Lyvince here.

Another family E. Mohanamurali, 37, of Taman Nusa Idaman came with his wife, T. Jothi, 37, and daughters Durka, nine, who studies at Seri Omega, and Mohansunthar, three. Mohanamurali said the cultural performance was a treat.

“Rarely do you see a school’s cultural performance with such an impressive line-up of talents,” Mohaamurali said. Besides the cultural performances, there were also activities such as henna hand painting, caricature, aerobics session and a photography session with murals as the backdrop.



There was also a science, art and robotics exhibition to showcase the talent of the students.

The open day, which had a carnival-like atmosphere, featured a wide variety of food including satay, nasi lemak, nasi beriani, roast lamb, fruit rojak, fresh popiah, durian, fried chicken, otak-otak and roti naan.




#SeriOmega
#Education

School Open Day Part 3


(from left) Andrew, Evelyn, Aiden and Sean

Fresco Harmonica, a KL-based leading harmonica group which won the Germany Harmonica World Festival championship in 2009 and 2013, and were one of the performers of the concert, said they were glad to be part of the celebration.

"Hats off to the students who have put so much effort into their performance. 

We rarely see a school concert on such a grand scale, not even in KL," said Evelyn, one of the quartet.



The group members have known one another since their secondary school days, and have been performing together for nearly 10 years.

The other performers included Jimmy Sax, aka Malaysia's Kenny G; Janice Lee (a finalist of the Asia's Got Talent competition) and Shaun Lee, ranked top 4 among the Beatbox Battle World Championship in Berlin in 2012.

Besides the concert, the other highlights of the Open Day, held for the first time at night, were a taekwondo performance, a Muhibbah Drum performance, caricatures, photo booths, a prehistoric and extraterrestial life exhibition, among a host of others.

An array of local culinary delights ranging from satay to nasi ambang, grilled oysters, laksa, sushi, Thai Boat Noodle, roast lamb, tauhu bakar,  Thai coconut and durians titilated taste buds. A burst of colours from the fireworks filled the night to bring the event to a close.
Amid the celebration, the office of Seri Omega was filled with people making enquiries about the school enrolment.

For further information, please call 07-599 8998 during office hours
or visit the school at Lot 6974, Jalan Beringin 5, Taman Beringin, 81400 Senai, Johor.


#SeriOmega
#Education

School Open Day Part 2




More than 20,000 people, including parents and members of the public thronged the Seri Omega Private and International School Open Day 2015 at its campus in Taman Beringin, Senai recently.

From a student populaion of  several hundred  when it first started in Century Garden, Johor Baru in 2002, its Vice-Principal Wong Loke Keng said the school now boasts  a student population of 3,500.

In 2013, Seri Omega re-located from Taman Sutera Utama to its current four-hectare development with a green setting at Taman Beringin, Senai.

Due to overwhelming response, Seri Omega will soon embark on its expansion plan to build a new Assembly Hall and Sports Complex at the four-hectare newly acquired land adjacent to the present campus.

The Sports Complex will accommodate 10 badminton courts, the present campus and the Assembly Hall that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.

The school, where 85 per cent of its student population is local, can also arrange accommodation for students who live in other districts such as Muar, Batu Pahat, Yong Peng and Segamat.

As for foreign students, many from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Pakistan, among others, also enrolled here.

What The Parents and Students Say


R. Valli, 58, lives in Singapore and is eager to enrol her granddaughter, S. Maharthii at the school when she turns five.  The girl is now three years old.

"My nephew studies at Seri Omega and he loves going to school everyday. The school's education system and the way it instils discipline in students are excellent.

"It is strict but not restricting in any way, or else my nephew would not be looking forward to go to school everyday," she said


Halim Hassan, 44, and his wife, Ezzaty Lee, 45, said their three sons Afnan Iman,15,  Muhamad Anaz,14, and Abdullah Fahim, 10, are all students of Seri Omega.

"Afnan Iman has been studying here since Primary Two.  He can speak Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin.

"I love the school's English speaking environment.  I chose Seri Omega for its discipline and academic achievement," Halim said.



Allen Tan, 45, and his wife, Agnes Wong, 47, said their daughters Yu Ling, 17, Yu Xing, 15, and Yu Qing, 12, were taught academic and life skills at the school.

 "The school does everything with heart, and that is why I don't mind paying the school fee, which is higher than other schools," Allen said.

Elaborating on the school's commitment to a well-rounded education, Tan cited the Open Day which saw its participation increase from the 5,000 attendees last year as an example.

"The concert, extra-curricular activities,  exhibitions, and  culinary delights prepared represent the work of the management, teachers and students. The preparation, commitment and attention to detail speak for itself.

"To me, academic achievement is important but there are other qualities to inculcate in a child.  These traits can make them better adults and future leaders," he said


Yu Ling (pictured) and her sisters who all play the piano, said the teachers at Seri Omega have made the lessons fun, and that was the reason she loved to study here


#SeriOmega
#education

School Open Day Part 1

Ad in the New Straits Times in 2013




On June 11, Seri Omega Private and International School

celebrated its Open Day 2015 at its campus in Senai. 

On its Open Day 2013, the advertorial stated a turnout of 5,000 people.

On its Open Day 2015, guess how many had turned up?

The school is located at Lot 6974, Jalan Beringin 5,

Taman Beringin, 81400 Senai, Johor. 
Tel: 07-599 8998

#SeriOmega
#education

Fruitful Trip


I've had a most fruitful trip.  Was hesitant and unsure, at first, about going.  I'm always like that when it comes to stepping out of the house.  I rarely travel.  But this time I went, and I got to fulfill my dream of sleeping on a night train and waking up in another city.





 I also met up with a friend whom I haven't seen for quite some time, and she treated me to a great Japanese meal.

This was where she shared with me her experience of buying the shares of a fundamentally strong company at RM7 per lot, which went down to RM3 per lot.

"At that time, people told me it was only a paper loss, and that I should keep it till the market recovers," she said.

Apparently, that wasn't a good advice as there was a takeover of the company six years ago, and my friend suffered a loss of RM21,000.  I was really sad to hear this. To lose one's hard-earned savings just like that.

To be fair, no one can predict the market and what will happen to a company.  One can rake in substantial gains from investments in stocks and shares. It can also go the other way.

If you're not prepared to "win big, lose big", don't venture into the share market. An investment in unit trusts is a safer bet.  You will not earn as much, but your investment will not go down to zero either.

The safest vehicle, is of course, putting the money in a savings account or a fixed deposit, but the returns from a fixed deposit will not be able to beat the inflation rate. 


I would like to continue dining in places like this one, even after my retirement.  What I do today will determine that.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Have Some Tea

a cup of red date and longan tea to start the day

My housemate has been complaining of insomnia, so I decided to make  "red dates and longan" tea to see if it could bring her a night of restful sleep.  We both drank some last night.

She woke up at 7.50am today, said she didn't feel any difference. For me, I woke up earlier, feeling revitalized.

This is the recipe for my brew.

six red dates
six dried longan
some red goji wolfberries

I waited for the water (about 1,000 ml) to boil before dumping in all of the above, and left it to simmer for half an hour.  The tea is added with a teaspoon of brown sugar before serving.

Brown sugar is optional. You may put more red dates or more longan or goji instead, and make it your own special brew.

This tea is known to replenish and nourish blood and enhances blood circulation which translates to a healthier liver and digestive function.  This in turn aids in the balance of Qi (energy) and this will boost immunity. 


This was right after I threw all the ingredients in

For my lunch yesterday, I had "ham cha" or "lei cha", a Hakka dish.




It is a "tea dish" of sort.  Some do not like the nutty flavour of the tea but I love it. I am not Hakka though. To savour different cultures, traditions and beliefs is such an enriching and enlightening experience.


This is the shop selling the "lei cha" at Bestmart in Taman Nusa Bestari, Johor Bahru.  The dish, with brown rice, costs RM5.50

It's a beautiful Sunday.  Brew some tea.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pray For Good Health

"I don't want to be thin, I want to be healthy."

A plump woman said this to me recently.  She seems to be gaining weight of late, but she says she doesn't mind it so much although she does watch her diet.

She said one of her friends is in hospital now.  The male friend, in his 60s, just underwent a 5-hour major surgery to remove a cancerous growth near the pancreas.

However, it was found that the disease had already spread to the liver which requires chemotherapy.

"A year ago, we went on a trip by taking the KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad) Peninsular Train to Hatyai and Songkhla in Thailand.

"It was an 18-hour journey from JB Sentral.  I could still remember him holding two packs of sardine sandwiches as he came back from the canteen carriage of the train.

"At that time, I noticed that he was starting to lose weight.  He told me he wasn't on a special diet nor was he doing any exercise."

"I jokingly told him to go for a medical check-up."

"It has been a year since the trip," my plump friend said.

(the Peninsular Train offers services once daily from the JB Sentral Station to Hatyai, departing at 5pm and arriving at the Hatyai Station at 11.20am (Thailand time) the next day.  From the Hatyai Station, the trip is also once daily at 4pm (local time) and is scheduled to arrive at JB Sentral at 11.55am the next day).

We can only pray that the chemo goes well.

File Pic (one that is unrelated to story) Charmaine Tan praying

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Red Hot Date


I had a red hot date last night.

Yeah, I wish. 

Well, I may not have a hot date but I'm going to write about these red dates which are imported from Xinjiang, China.  I want to write more about healthy and healthy stuff.


After all, fame and fortune won't mean much if you have deteriorating health.  Sometimes, people just want money because they think it will buy them happiness.  And it does win hearts and votes at times but not everyone's and not all the time.

No doubt money is important because everything needs money,  but good health is essential for one to live well and be able to serve and help others. So prevention now is better than looking for a cure later.

Red dates  红枣  are hot and super sexy because they are loaded with Vitamin C, A, B1, B2, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium.  I heard it can also make aunties look and feel young.  It works for men, too, I guess. So, what are you waiting for?

Pic 1: Big Red Dates: Ideal for snacking

Pic 2: Big red dates

Pic 3: Small Red Dates: Ideal for making soup

Pic 4: small red dates

Though big red dates (Pic 1 & 2) are ideal for snacking and small red dates (Pic 3 & 4) are for making soup, red dates are rich in fructose so may cause bloating, and it is sweet so it is not diabetic-friendly.  It can also be heaty. So, do not over-indulge. Moderation is the key, as for everything.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Reconsider VEP


Many are unhappy following Singapore's intended move to impose a RM20 Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee on Malaysian vehicles entering the republic.

The Malaysian VEP system has been activated at the Causeway and Second Link checkpoints since June 1, but the fee will only be collected from July 16 onwards.

The move by both nations to impose the VEP on their neighbouring countries' vehicles has been deemed "unfriendly".

Kluang Chinese Association president Datuk Jimmy Low Boon Hong told the New Straits Times that the move would not boost bilateral ties.

The former Johor executive councillor said the VEP defeated the purpose of talks between the prime ministers of both countries to strengthen Malaysia-Singapore relationship.

"It is not about the money.  It's the attitude.

"This gesture is not seen as "welcoming our neighbours"," Low said.

Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises Association of Malaysia president Teh Kee Sin agreed with Low and said he did not agree with VEP from the start.

"It is an unfriendly gesture that will only cause suffering to the people.

"I don't see the rationale behind the VEP.  Singapore and Johor can complement each other with our strengths and weaknesses, and we can work together to attract more foreign investors.

Instead, we are putting up a wall.

"Singaporeans will still enter Johor despite the VEP, and Johor folk will have to bear higher transportation costs as traffic congestion on the Causeway and Second Link will only get worse when the VEP is implemented," Teh said.

He, too, proposed for both Singapore and Malaysia to review and remove the VEP.

Low and Teh were responding to a statement by Singapore's Ministry of Transport (MOT), which said the republic would match the RM20 fee imposed on foreign vehicles entering Johor if it was found to discriminate against Singapore-registered vehicles.

The statement comes ahead of the implementation of the VEP on Singaporean vehicles entering Johor from July 16 onwards.

The website of Singapore's Today newspaper quoted the republic's MOT as saying that it was taking note of the trial period, but it also indicated that it might find ways to match Malaysia's VEP rates.

Since August 2014, drivers of Malaysia-registered cars entering Singapore pay VEP charges of S$35 (RM105) a day, while motorcyclists pay S$4.

There are no VEP charges for driving into Singapore on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.


*full version of this report in the print version of the New Straits Times

Very Exasperating Period II


pic by Champion Lek





 

Two cities enter the fray,  the people have to pay and pay

One launches VEP 

the other wants to match the fee if 

it is found to be discriminatory

you may rant, you may disagree 

alas

adaptability is the order of the day

Too tired to write too long

Write too long also TLDR

And my car is back, by the way




related post    Very Exasperating Period




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Little Darlings

Body aching a little bit and the left kneecap also a bit sore.  Probably due to the  two-kilometre walk home last Friday.  I think my car should be ready by next week.

Meanwhile, I seem to be enjoying the Uber rides.  I enjoy it so much I'm thinking of  becoming an Uber driver.  But like my friend said: "You're always gettting lost.  So how?"

Even using GPS, sometimes "guna pun sesat".  

And Uber drivers don't know where the customer's destination is until after they've accepted the request to pick up the customer.  They know where the customer is, but they don't know where the customer wants to go.

This is a brilliant system, as the driver don't get to choose whether he wants or doesn't want to go to that destination.

Bursa Malaysia is looking good today.  My investment in the Singapore equity market is doing better than my other investments.  If you have some spare cash, you may consider this. 

Another thing that I could do, is I can be a pet sitter.  I do love animals.  But what if something were to happen to the pet while under my care.  Animals can suffer a heart failure too.  Or what if I were to be so completely smitten with the pet and don't want to part with it?

this is so sweet

A prayer goes out to these two darlings.  May they be well and happy.

Bonne nuit


Monday, June 6, 2016

Taking Things In Stride

A young mother of two adorable kids said to me how much she would like to have some alone time.

"I haven't had the luxury of having a meal, something that I really like, in a cosy cafe all by myself for a long time now," she said.

She quit her job several years ago to take care of her two children.  Her husband is the sole breadwinner.

I found what she had shared with me a little hard to imagine.  Isn't it wonderful to dine with a loved one?  Go on a trip with the love of your life?  It's like perpetual dating.

Or is perpetual dating only reserved for those who are single?

But why does the romancing have to end after marriage?  My married friends always tell me I'd never understand the challenges they face.

I guess we all have our own set of challenges.  The single life has challenges too.

We just need to deal with the obstacles, overcome the challenges and watch life unfolds, taking things in stride.

First day of Puasa.  I don't fast, but many of my friends and colleagues do.  I would like to wish them "Selamat Menjalankan Ibadah Puasa".


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.



Friday, June 3, 2016

The Long Walk Home



Looks like things are just as bad over at the Larkin Bus Terminal, Johor Bahru.  One commuter who was also heading to Bukit Indah told me he has been at the bus terminal since 5.30pm.  It had been over an hour and the bus has not come yet.  Eventually he called his friend to come pick him up at the terminal.

The staff of the bus company --- they're the time keepers  --- didn't want to say why the bus was delayed.  They only said to wait for the bus to come.  They also refused to tell how much was the fare.  Either they didn't know, or they were just as frustrated as the commuters.

This is the first time I took the bus CW3E.  The fare to Bukit Indah from here was RM3.  I was WeChat-ting with a good friend in the bus until I reached the Aeon shopping mall in Bukit Indah where  I said I was getting down soon.


I did get off the bus soon after that, but it wasn't at the bus-stop that I had expected.  The route was different from Bus 221, the bus that I usually take.  This one was heading to the 2nd Link.

So, I got down somewhere opposite the entrance to Horizon Hills, and walked all the way home from there. It was an hour-long walk, almost!

Well I did say I wanted to lose weight.  The Universe hears all your requests, you just don't know when and how it's going to manifest.

Today's cover of Harian Metro



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