Wednesday, November 30, 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.

↑↓both pics sourced from NST online



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


Top sniffer: German Shepherd Murat wins Johor police Jasamu Di Kenang award

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/11/193114/top-sniffer-german-shepherd-murat-wins-johor-police-jasamu-di-kenang-award

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Astounding Imagination

just arrived

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.

I watched Fantastic Beasts with this girl

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

Bonne nuit  Have a magical night.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Delicious


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 a spot, so it was like "siapa cepat siapa dapat".

It did bother me for a while, my ego couldn't take it but I placated my negative feelings because I didn't want the actions of these people to ruin my day.

Maybe these parking spot snatchers needed to rush to the toilet, maybe they ... ok, just forget about them.  After all I managed to find another spot and they were better spots with better shade and all, so there's no need to fret if someone snatches your spot.  You cannot control their actions and if you fill your mind garden with ill thoughts, there's no space for the delicious feeling to permeate.

Ok la, next time I try to be faster a bit. Hahaha!

Back to my dining pleasure.

Of course I am not dining alone, and I shared the bill with a friend. It came to RM324.80.  The pic showed me dining at Tony Roma's Aeon Tebrau City.  

A few days later, another friend gave me a steak treat.  Rezeki.  It costs RM56.99.  Below are the pictures of my exquisite dining experience to drown out all the petty annoying stuff.  Having coffee with a good friend or a teh tarik session with friends and family can all bring about that delicious feeling of joy.


Tony's Fiesta Lobster platter and Lamb Chops at Tony Roma's Aeon Tebrau City.


Black Angus Sirloin Steak served with brssels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, onion gravy and tuffle mashed potato at The Marco Polo Kitchen in Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru.


Sedap. Enjoy that delicious feeling!

The Power of Novelty


Pau Cendawan


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.




Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving and the joy of eating

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


sweet potato plant found in my aunt's garden

from the garden to the wok
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.



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rain

medication for depression

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 experience increased stress due to work and family pressure, says the Malaysian Psychiatric Association.

A scary thought.

Support from friends and family members would definitely help.  I also suggested trying out laughter yoga.

Hope my friend will find happiness again some day.

Sometimes people hurt others due to ignorance, and not because they are evil.  Don't take it to heart. Make a decision to be happy.   I know it's easier said than done.  Do have faith.

Make a decision to set off ripples that will touch lives.  That is the only thing we should care about.


when the rain stops, we can go out.  Or, we can dance in the rain.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

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


Friday, November 18, 2016

Sweet Dreams

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


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. 



Thursday, November 17, 2016

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.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Doggies, Ringgit And A Very Round Moon

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

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

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 it for now.

This is the Star report   http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/11/15/pasir-gudang-under-fire-for-dog-catching-fest/


Meanwhile, this is another interesting news

The Straits Times reported that

Money Changers In Singapore Run Out Of Ringgit

At first we thought there was some cause for concern.  Why is the Ringgit getting snapped up? Is there enough stock?

Independent macro-economic analyst, Professor Dr Hoo Ke Ping assured me it was not a case of  "panic buying" but the Singaporeans are just buying the ringgit because it's so cheap at the moment.

$1 for RM3.05, who don't want?

But what about capital control? Dr Hoo said there is no reason for Malaysia to use capital control as our yield is still strong.  With high interest rates and trade restrictions in the US next year, Malaysia is expected to see growth.

One has much to learn from Dr Hoo.

For more stories on the Ringgit, read the New Straits Times report

Ringgit to remain volatile as US politics, policies loom over Dollar

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/11/188982/ringgit-remain-volatile-us-politics-policies-loom-over-dollar

Ringgit remains volatile as US politics policies loom over dollar


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Evolution

Jalan Jelutong to Jalan Balau

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.

Jalan Gelam near Foon Yew School in Kebun Teh closed

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, when I asked "whether it is safe?", assured me that it is.

"It can be done'" he said, adding that engineers follow the UK standards.  Well that was what he said.

"It can be done," he repeated, when I expressed disbelief.

 


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 prevent one from finding cars outside anyone's home," he says.

Newly-fenced-up
My friend's problem is not so much with cars parked outside homes as he says the local authorities can always get it towed away if no one in the neighbourhood knows who the driver is.

"A car left unattended can also breed mosquitoes, so based on this, the local authorities to act on the matter," he continues.

"About 3 months ago, gates (pictured) have come up on roads which I am used to taking to get to my office.  What used to be a 5 minute drive now takes about 10 minutes.

"I am all for security but closing up roads without the approval of the local authorities is unacceptable.  What if there's a fire or any other kind of emergency?  A taman (housing estate) that was not planned to be gated cannot suddenly become "gated"."


#mosquitobreeding
#security
#gatedandguarded
#communityissues

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.

Ng Yeng Lai (centre) receiving cheques on behalf of the Persatuan Kebajikan Kakitangan Sultanah Aminah Hospital

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)," he said, adding that Johor needs at least 2 to 3 more public hospitals with 500 to 600 beds each and ideally for these hospitals to be in Tampoi, Bandar Seri Alam and Pasir Gudang.

With 18 wards closed after the fire, 23 wards and one Royal Ward, are still functioning at the HSA.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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 list nor has the car been reported missing.  And that is that.  End of story.

When I told one of the complainants about this, she was clearly disappointed.

I felt her sense of helplessness.  A car has appeared out of nowhere since September.  It's a mystery but nothing can be done about it as no law has been broken.

So, if nothing can be done, people either take vigilante action or they will have to practise the art of letting go.  Don't be bothered by the car.  Stop giving it energy and it will go away.

真的伤脑筋 (this really fries the brain)


Whose Car Is This? 


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Whose Car Is This?

another mystery

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.

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/11/186997/local-graduates-exhorted-grab-job-opportunities-coming-johors-way

Monday, November 7, 2016

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. 

Lamb Ribs

the Bountiful Beef Ribs



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 franchise holder for Tony Roma's (TR) Malaysia. Its brand general manager Muhammad Adam Mah, 49,  the chef who created the menu, trains the cooks at its Regional Training Centre (RTC) in KL before they are deployed to the various outlets.

"I treat all the staff like my children.  The biggest challenge faced by those in the F&B industry is hiring the right people. They must put their heart into the cooking and the serving.

"If you want to go into business, find something that is a necessity. One needs to eat to live, another sustainable business is medication, like a pharmacy," says Adam.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Patch Up

Updated


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


rosak


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 us?

Although I had cancelled and didn't get into the car, I still received this receipt via email where RM1.22 was charged to my credit card on Nov 6 for a uberX ride at 1.31pm.   It stated that I had taken a 0.23km trip from Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, BBU.

Previously,  on Oct 30, I had requested a ride for a friend who was in town.  The driver called me saying that he would be picking my friend up using another vehicle.  I didn't like that, so I cancelled the ride.  There was no charge.

I requested for another ride and this time, this driver picked my friend up at 5.26pm and she reached my house at 5.55pm.

Not knowing that Uber had already charged RM22.93 to my card, my friend told me she paid  RM27 for the 18km ride. When I called the driver, he didn't deny the dual payment but said "he didn't know what to do now".  And that was the end of that.
  
Uber had been informed of all three incidents, but I have yet to hear from the company concerning the driver who double-charged and the driver who charged RM1.22

I am not being malicious.  It's not a big sum of money, but one needs to be ethical and professional.  The actions of a few can hurt the brand and others in the same industry.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

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 customers avoided his shop due to congestion or anything other than bad service or dishonesty, then we should try to understand why a chair is in the parking lot. 

Times are getting more challenging and it's more competitive than ever.  It may be wrong to place a chair in a parking lot ---- ok, it is downright wrong because it's a public road ---- so how to solve this common problem that is happening in a lot of areas? 

A solution that is fair to both the public and the business operator.


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