Showing posts from November, 2016

Appreciation and Gratitude

What a gorgeous day!  When you're happy, a leaf blowing in the wind can look like a delicate butterfly fluttering by.

Read this hot story of Top sniffer: German Shepherd Murat wins Johor police Jasamu Di Kenang award Read MoTop-sniffer: German Shepherd Murat Wins Johor Police Jasamu Di Kenang Award.

It's the first time a canine has won a medal in Johor for his contribution to the community. Kudos to the Johor police for recognising a canine's worth.

Eight-year-old Murat received the Jasamu Di Kenang medal while his handler, Lance Corporal Hardin Ngkang were among the 261 who received their surat penghargaan (letters of appreciation)  letters at the monthly state police gathering in Johor Bahru today.

Me receiving my letter of appreciation from Johor top cop Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd. 

This was such a joyous day for me.

Need to sleep now.  大家晚安

Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmudin Mohd


Astounding Imagination

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them simply dazzles.  A tale of witches and wizards coupled with cute, adorable creatures created from the imagination of JK Rowling makes this a spellbinding escapade.

Colin Farrell is in it, and he is stellar as always.

Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, among others, were also commendable.  All the creatures were endearing --- naughty but endearing and harmless.

Don't miss this unforgettable adventure.

Need to get up early tomorrow for an event at the state police headquarters.

Bonne nuit  Have a magical night.


The last few days have been like my ardent indulgent days.  In the past I used to have a blog titile "Ardent Indulgence", but I realised it's not advisable to be over indulgent so I am trying to recalibrate of sort with "Come Roam With Bee", which was "To Enjoy In Moderation."
But it is such a delicious feeling to enjoy and feel good no matter what the external condition is.  Try this and you will feel joy and peace of mind.
Can I divert from the subject of dining for a little bit?
It happened twice to me this week where drivers stole my parking space in two different occasions.  Once at Aeon Bukit Indah and another time at Bestmart Nusa Bestari.  I had put my signal as I waited for the cars to come out but these drivers just came and took the spots.
One driver overtook my car and zoomed in, another one came from the opposite direction of a one-way lane and zoomed in.  I t was a weekend and motorists had to make several rounds before they could find…

The Power of Novelty

It was the cutest thing I've ever seen.  It's not exactly new.  I think pau cendawan hit the market in 2015, but it's still currently trending.  Today is the first time I tasted a pau cendawan with creamy mushroom and chicken filling. I find it's adorably delicious. 

It costs RM3.50 each.

Novelty arouses curiosity and stimulates the senses. That is why we always need to innovate and create something new.   But there are also those who like to stick to the old and familiar.

Well, if you don't try you would never know.  Just don't fall for scams which can be pretty innovative, creative and seductive too.

Thanksgiving and the joy of eating

It was a flavourful day.  Much to be thankful for.

saute the chopped onions, garlic, chilli with a tinge of belacan before throwing in the sweet potato leaves.  Add sugar and salt.  When adding water while frying, do not pour the water directly on top of the veggie.  Add the water from the side.  Fry and serve.

Next dish is the sambal fish

Season the black pomfret with salt before frying

After taking the fish out of the wok, pour the blended mixture of chilli, onion and belacan in.  Add salt, sugar and vinegar.  Fry until "pecah minyak" (when the oil separates from the paste), and put the fish back in. Simmer for a little while more before serving.

The above dishes were cooked by my aunt.  She's such a wonderful cook.  Food nourishes and replenishes.  Food also brings people together.


I haven't visited someone for a long time.  Yesterday when I paid the family a visit, I learnt that my friend had been diagnosed with depression and has been on medication for two years.

I noticed that he hardly smiles.  He said he has forgotten how to.  He even asked me why was he so sad.  He used to take Escitalopram Oxalate tablets (10mg) before changing to the tablets shown above.  But he is still living a life filled with anxiety and deep sadness.

"I used to love children.  Now I don't feel anything when children are around me," says my friend.

He recently resigned from a work environment which he says, was filled with stress and office politics. 

He has a loving, caring wife.  Two lovely pet dogs, a three-month-old grandson.  He doesn't have financial issues.  And he goes to church.  So what gives?

It was reported that depression will be a major mental health illness that Malaysians will suffer from by 2020.  This was because more people are expected to…

Happy Birthday

There's much to be thankful for in life.  It's already half a century for me.  Haha!

Need to keep on INVESTING for the future, and I'm not talking only about money.  Good deeds and good thoughts also yield abundant wealth and health.

I only made 5 wishes.  Hope they all come true.

Life's a piece of cake, if we don't complicate things.  There will be a breakthrough no matter how tough the situation is.  Just have faith.

Today, my world is filled with people who speak different languages but they're all singing the same song.

Thank you

Sweet Dreams

Can't wait to try this recipe before I go to bed tonight.  

Read about this concoction two days ago, and I went out to get the organic raw honey and pink Himalayan sea salt just now.  

Mixed 5 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of the sea salt.  It is said the recipe can regulate the brain chemical seratonin that will convert to melatonin which helps with sleep, something like a natural sedative.

Consume just a small amount of the mixture by putting it under your tongue.

Seratonin is also known to regulate mood and appetite.

As you're drifting into sleep, think of all the good thoughts and imagine the life that you want.  Make it as vivid as you can with burst of colours, smells, joyful feelings.

Top it off with feelings of gratitude for all of life's blessings.

Will update tomorrow whether the recipe does bring blissful sleep.

Good night in advance. 

A Prayer For All To Be Well

Herd mentality is a scary thing, coupled with another camp that seems hell-bent on drawing blood at the first "provocation."  When tension runs high, even a sneeze can sound like a bomb, or can be perceived as "provocation".

But since both camps refuse to stand down as both have their own agendas and beliefs, we can only pray for

tolerance and unity, love and peace to prevail on Nov 19.

Please let everything go well on Nov 19, so that I can have a happy birthday on Nov 20.

Keep out of harm's way everyone, especially media friends who are there to cover the event, and also the men in blue.

Doggies, Ringgit And A Very Round Moon

I woke up feeling a little Supercrazy probably caused by the Supermoon.

Two issues I would like to talk about.  One is regarding this announcement from the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council that has all dog lovers rattled up.

RM55 for the life of a dog.  Seriously?  This is like saying "the hunting season is on".  Some may walk just force their way into a locked gate to get to a pet who is resting under a tree.

Some of the feedback I saw on Facebook and Instagram.

Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (Nanas) founder and chairman Raymund Wee, asked whether this was the right thing to do.

"Could there be a better way or a better solution to this stray dogs issue?

"You could either send the dogs to the Town Council to be Culled/ PTS or have them sterilised by Noah's Ark ABC Clinic for .....FREE!!!"

Tunku Temenggong of Johor Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim

Johor Bahru SPCA chairman Ranjeet Singh Bhullar said JB SPCA has protested, and MPPG is not going ahead with i…


Some want it like this, some want it like that.

If everyone were of like mind, there would not be any conflicts.

I visited a total of three tamans yesterday --- Majidee Park, Kebun Teh and Taman Melodies. I hope I didn't get the road names jumbled up.  I am not for or against the idea of gated community (I don't stay in these housing estates) but some residents are very happy, some members of the public are extremely upset.

Do we need someone diplomatic or someone strong, fearless, righteous, fair, brash? What kind of leader would be the best to put things in order again?

We're so used to construction works taking ages to complete that when we step into a building that is completed in 8 months, the first thought that crossed our mind was "Is it safe?"

I think three people, not one, asked me this when we walked into this development (below).

 because we're so used to this

which only involves upgrading and beautification works.

A veteran consulting engineer, …

Gated Heat

A friend who has read my two earlier posts

Whose Car Is This?

Looking for the trump card in this little situation

does not agree that a gated and guarded community will deter cars from appearing outside houses. 

Speaking from experience, my friend who lives in a gated and guarded neighbourhood says that he once also had to deal with a neighbour who works as a mechanic.

"I used to quarrel with this neighbour because I always find cars parked outside my house and I don't know whose car it was.  Later I found out those cars were being repaired by my neighbour.  Sometimes he keeps the cars there for days as he was waiting for the spare parts ... something like that .... "

"I also have a neighbour who is doing "homestay" in our gated and guarded neighbourhood, so his "guests" will get to come into the neighbourhood and their cars are parked outside other neighbours' houses."

"So, I don't think a gated and guarded neighbourhood will pr…

Johor Needs A Research And Teaching Medical Facility

Having been a medical officer in the neurology unit of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) in 1994 and 1995, DAP central executive member Dr Boo Cheng Hau wanted to present a token of appreciation to the staff of HSA.

Dr Boo (right) gave a cheque of RM1,800 while Johor PKR deputy chairman Jimmy Puah (left) presented a cheque amounting to RM1,000 to HSA area matron Ng Yeng Lai in light of the fire that killed six patients on Oct 25, and the staff who risked their lives to help the patients in the ICU that day.

Dr Boo called on Johor to set up a medical facility for research and teaching like the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.

"Currently, Johor only has the Monash University Clinical School in Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar, Johor Baru and the Newcastle University of Medicine in EduCity," Dr Boo said.

He also said that the current bed-patients ratio in Johor Bahru is 1.86 to 1,000 patients.

"In advance countries, there are 5 beds (1,000 patients)," …

Looking For A Trump Card In This Little Situation

The office of  Johor Bahru MCA complaints bureau was flooded with complaints recently from motorists who were unhappy about residential areas being fenced up without the approval of the local council.

Its chairman Ir John Cheah said he would not mind it so much if the residents had installed a drop gate system, but some had built walls or fences which was unacceptable as every housing estate had been carefully planned by town planners before they were built.

"Public roads cannot be closed as it would obstruct fire engines and ambulances from reaching an emergency in the shortest time.

Cheah cited housing estates like Kebun Teh, Taman Majidee and Taman Melodies, all in Johor Bahru, which have fenced up their neighbourhood in fear of crime.

My Thoughts

On the other hand, like the case of this car for instance, which has shown up in an ungated housing estate.

A check with the police revealed that the owner lived in another neighbourhood and the driver was not on the police wanted li…

Whose Car Is This?

I received a call about this car that has mysteriously showed up in a neighbourhood in Johor Bahru.  The person who alerted me said the last time he saw the driver was in September and the car has not been moved since.

Ok, this is even more mysterious than my white car.  At least I know the white car belongs to someone who lives in the same neighbourhood.  I just don't know his reason for parking outside my house, and it would help if the owner of the white car was a friend but he doesn't even try to be friendly and yet he feels perfectly comfortable parking outside someone's house all the time.

I mustn't let the car (an external thing) rob me of my inner peace, and I need to practise kindness.

Sorry, I got carried away.  This post is about JCY 8778.  Hope nothing has happened to the driver.

I was told the police have been alerted.  The Road Transport Department have been alerted. The local council have been alerted, but the car is still there.

Speed And Quality Are Of The Essence

Job opportunities abound in Johor, and high-calibre candidates who can adapt to the work culture of the Chinese are needed.

The Phoenix Hotel (pictured) in the Forest City, developed by Country Garden Pacific View (CGPV), was built in 8 months.

This is the mall located next to the hotel.

Grang Golden Coast?

Paradise on earth. View from the balcony of the hotel's cafe.

200,000 job opportunities are expected to be created at the Forest City over the next 20 years.

Tony's World Famous Ribs

Ribs specialist Tony Roma's (TR) Malaysia invited us to try their dishes today at its newly-opened outlet in Aeon Tebrau City, Johor Bahru.

I particularly enjoyed the flame-grilled tender, marinated lamb ribs which came with broccoli and mashed potatoes.

This one you need to eat with your hands to savour all the tenderness and signature seasonings of the dish, which was clearly cooked with heart and soul.  It couldn't be this good if the cook didn't love his craft.

And you need not worry who's looking.  Just tuck in and forget the rest of the world. 

The Aeon Tebrau City outlet can seat up to 244 diners, and is the second outlet in Johor.  It is the 12th in the country.

The first TR outlet in Johor Bahru was opened in Komtar Johor Baru City Centre (JBCC).

In conjunction with the opening, patrons can enjoy the "3 Dine with Entrees and 1 is Free" promotion from now until Nov 13.

A Light Chat With The Creator of the Menu

Grand Companions Sdn Bhd is the franchis…

Patch Up


(Nov 7)  Uber just called me to say they have corrected the "double charged"  issue.
(Nov 8)  RM1.22 issue also resolved by Uber.

Original Post

I used to sing praises of Uber, which offers rides at attractive rates. The drivers are also professional and friendly.

But of late, I've been hearing some uncomplimentary remarks from a few customers.  Personally, I have 3 experiences to share.

I had requested for Uber to pick me up today from Bandar Baru Uda to Taman Sri Intan, both in JB.  Taman Sri Intan was formerly known as Taman Iskandar and it is near Taman Pasir Pelangi.

Before I even saw the driver, I already saw "ON TRIP" on my handphone screen.  This prompted me to cancel the trip.

Being a regular Uber rider, I always received a message that the "driver is arriving now" and only after I was inside the car did I see the message "On Trip".

Surprisingly, today I wasn't so blur.  Or did Uber change the rule and forgot to tell…

Simple Problem, But Hard To Solve

A Facebook user wrote:  "Ini hebat tak perlu sewa lot parking, letak kerusi dah cukup".

I know it is rather annoying to see a chair in a vacant parking lot.  It is a public road and anyone can park wherever they like. First come, first serve.

But put yourself in the shoe of the  business operator for a second.  Take the case of a doctor who runs a clinic at Serene Park, Johor Bahru.  He told me some of his patients missed their appointments because they couldn't find a parking space.

You may not believe it, and think the doctor is just making up stories or exaggerating.

In the case of eateries, you can always look for another shop if there's no parking space.  It's disappointing for the customer, but for the business operator who has invested his time, money and effort into the business venture, it is frustrating if he were to lose a customer due to "no place to park".

If the food or service was bad, then he should close shop. But if it was because c…