Sunday, October 30, 2005

Claudine's farewell (Friday Oct 28)

It was tiring after the Cameron trip. Went back to work as usual. Sharon dropped by my shop. We had lunch at La Bodega and did some catching up. Went back to work after that. It was a busy day. The day ended with a lovely farewell for Clau at Travellers Restaurant at the Place in Damansara Perdana. I bumped into an old friend from school whom I had not seen in 17 years. Found out that she and Clau were childhood friends in Klang. What a small world!! Food was good, we had Caesar's salad, seafood paella, aubergine curry, buffalo wings, stir fried cauliflower, chicken kebab and spaghetti bolognese.

Clau left for Melbourne yesterday. She's finally joining the rest of her family in Australia. We're going to miss her. The gym will be quiet without her. I hope she fulfills her dream in finding the father of her unconceived child..

Cameron Highlands - Day 3 (27 Oct)

Did not do much on this day. Went to Brinchang market and Kea farm (again) to hunt for flowers for the wedding. Didn't find anything worthwhile. Had breakfast (pan mee) near the market. Bought some phoenix balls (sweet potato balls) which were more like rubber balls. Drove up and down between Brinchang and Blue Valley to look for flower wholesalers. Didn't find anything either. Came back and chilled out at the hotel. Watched the ending of Spiderman (again).

Stopped by Ipoh for lunch. Reached home at about 6pm.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cameron Highlands - Day 2 (26 Oct)

This was the fullest day we had. Started the day with breakfast at "No. 14", the most popular mamak shop in Tanah Rata. I reckon they make really good roti telur as it was cripsy and not soggy. We then visited the following places:

1. Cameron Valley tea plantation
2. Robinson Waterfalls
3. Cactus valley
4. EQ strawberry farm

There wasn't much to do at the tea plantation except to admire the beautiful landscape and the vastness of the plantation. It was a very pleasant walk downhill, entertaining ourselves with songs from "Sound of Music" along the way.

Cameron Valley

In the wilderness

"The hills are alive..."

Next stop was Robinson Waterfalls. The path is well paved, and we did not even attempt the jungle walk. (City folks) It was a 10 minute walk from the main road to the waterfall. When we finally reached the waterfall, we learnt that it wasn't a place where you could picnic or swim. Nevertheless it was still very refreshing and picturesque.

Robinson Waterfall

We headed to Cactus Valley after that. That was where we spent the longest time. Although they charged an entry fee of RM4 per head, it was well worth it as we saw a wide array of beautiful flowers. (We were more interested in the flowers than the cactus) It reminds you of what an intricate creator our God is when you see all the fine tiny details in every flower. Amazing.

Hawaiian hibiscus as big as our faces


Don't know the name but I like the colour.

Cameron apple


There's a local fruit(?) called Cameron apple..although I am not sure why they call it an apple because it's more like a green tomato. The texture is like honeydew melon and it's pretty tasteless.

Since we had a late breakfast, we skipped lunch and had tea instead. There's an inexpensive tea cafe called "T Cafe" (obviously) in Tanah Rata above Marrybrown. We initially thought of going to the Olde Smokehouse for tea, but decided against it due to their inflated prices. We stuffed ourselves with scones, apple pie and banana pancake. I reckon Fatboy bakes better. Perhaps that could be his retirement place.

After tea we visited Kea Farm, where you can purchase vegetables, fruits and flowers to bring home. We were actually hunting for flowers for a friend's wedding on Saturday. Since it was only weekday there wasn't anything available. For the life of me I can never understand why people would buy fluorescent tinted flowers. It's artificial and disgusting.

Our last visit for the day was EQ Strawberry farm. We didn't pick any strawberries as they were pretty measly and nothing like the farms in UK. We bought some home made strawberry jam and treated ourselves to some lovely ice blended strawberry. Fresh and without preservatives. The best!!

We stopped by our hotel to freshen up before going off for dinner. Just before dinner we decided to treat ourselves to foot reflexology. We took a package of volcanic mineral foot spa and foot reflexology costing us RM35 per person. The masseurs were a bit gentle on the ladies but the masseur ML had was having a good time cracking all the bones in his feet. Lisa nearly freaked out when one of the masseurs came in with a toothpick in his mouth. Fortunately for her she got a pimple faced masseur who was extremely kind to her. Cheese got the tooth-picker. I got an old man.

We had dinner at Schwabing Haus Inn, a supposedly German restaurant. It's actually run by Chinese people with an Indian cook. We had pork ribs, pork knuckles, 3 types of sausages and schnitzel. The best dishes were the sausages and schnitzel. The sauerkraut could have been better though, and the mash potato lacked butter and cream. The pork ribs and knuckles were a disappointment though, because they tasted just like "siew yoke" and "char siew"

Ended our day by watching "Catwoman" and "Spiderman" on tv.

Cameron Highlands - Day 1 (25 Oct)

I was away in Cameron Highlands for 2 days and 2 nights. The day started out with ML and I running some bank errands while waiting for Lisa (who had some work to settle) and Cheese (who had some household matters to settle). Went back to RHB head office to do some banking. Memories sure started flooding back. Was supposed to meet an ex colleague but infortunately she was away at a meeting. After I settled my errand, it was ML's turn to do banking. I was dropped off at KL Plaza while he went to do banking. I haven't been there for ages and I never realised there were so many tai tai shops there. Bumped into an old uni friend whom I haven't seen for at least 12 years! He is now a father of 2 and a senior manager at his company.

After that we had lunch at Lot 10, where I had a scrumptious sandwich from Sun Moulin. Upon finishing lunch, we picked up Lisa from her office and headed off to ML's house. Played with Yumi (I'm not sure how it's spelled) and Ebony. Later Cheese came over to pick us up and we started our journey to Cameron at about 3pm.

Pup parade

Ebony and Yumi


By the time we arrived there, it was about 730pm. We checked into Equatorial. The place is pretty nice but a little run down if you compare with KL standards. Very peaceful and quiet. We then headed off to Brinchang to have good ol' steamboat for dinner. It was the traditional steamboat set using charcoal for fuel. Haven't had that in a long time. It adds a certain smoky flavour to the food.

Since it was already late, we just went back to the hotel to unwind. Played mindless card games like "fishing", "old maid" things that 6 year olds would play. We left our brains in Kuala Lumpur...

Back to reality

I'm home now. It's back to reality. Sigh.....

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Home Improvement II

My sore throat's gone worse. It has developed into a dry chesty cough. I can't even sound like a toad now because I am unable to sing at all. Any attempts will send me into wild jerky coughs. Left me to last resort which is to seek the doctor (usually I avoid getting any medication if possible). Hopefully I'll be able to sleep well tonight.

Other than that, I got my bedroom furniture and curtains (some of them). Some of the curtains needed alteration so Kim Kee took them back. Meanwhile, the curtains in my hall and guest room are up. It sure adds a softer and warmer look to the place. My bedroom furniture also came today. To my surprise the delivery men were on time and I found myself rushing back home from church. In my excitement of getting the curtains (yes, I'm very pleased with them!) I forgot to snap pictures of my bedroom furniture.

Curtains in guest room. The light blue curtain with little lilac flowers neutralised the pink walls. The walls look purplish now. I think ET will have a pleasant time in my guest room!

Curtains in the living room. Can't really see the colour here but it's sort ot bronzy brown.

Dining table and bean bag & cushions.

Mini bar courtesy of HL

Handy Men

I'm down with a horrible sore throat. I'm supposed to be singing at a wedding next week so I hope my voice will recover by then. If not I could either sound like a toad or Bonnie Tyler. Well anyway today I sent HL off to KLIA. Took a(n extremely) slow drive in my jalopy. I felt very tired for my car! I don't think I've ever been to the airport so often, as I was there last week as well to send CN off. At least today I got my bearings right as I always get lost in the car park! We had lunch at Burger King before we parted. I trust she'll have a fabulous time in Hong Kong.

Today Loong and Cheese helped me to transport my mini fridge (courtesy of HL) to my place. At least I can store some drinks now to entertain guests! I think this is the biggest workout the guys have had in ages! :D They also helped me fill my beanbag with more stuffing. I am embarrassed to say that they did a better job than HL and I.....Also got them to help me fix some towel racks, which didn't work anyway. They also fiddled with the paintings, testing to see where it would look best. Tomorrow Kim Kee is coming to fix my curtains.

What would I do without these handymen??

Thursday, October 20, 2005


Everyone's so amazed with Caramel's ears. Took him to the vet this morning. A fellow dog owner there was quite amused with his ears. That was the first thing she noticed about him and thought it made him look very cute!

We chatted a while about Sheena's case (see ET's entry yesterday) and agreed that the penalty was minimal. She also owns a German Shepherd and had brought him to the vet due to tick fever.

When I came home, I called for Roo. There was no sign of him , and no response either. Nearly gave me a heart attack because many years ago when I came home and called for Prince (my 3rd dog) there was no response from him either..then I found him dead... To my relief I found Roo hiding behind the armchair. Phew!!!

Running Mates

Did a 6.6km outdoor run again. On the road to recovery!!It feels good to be able to run 3 times a week again. CH had major spasms today while running, he coughed like somebody's grandfather on his deathbed. Then i started thinking of all my running mates, and all our idiosyncracies...

CH gets major spasms all the time which he claims he doesn't get during holidays. At the rate he coughs, you'd think that he'll collapse on you one day. We suspect he has some furball trapped in his throat. Despite having furballs and spasms, he's still the fastest runner amongst us. He can still cough, vomit and run at the same time.

Jin (my brother) - We suspect he keeps an sms template in his phone. On outdoor run days, he always sends an sms which says "Woke up late. You all start first".

Jenny - Official alkaline water supplier. This lady is known to run through rain, hail and sleet. Also famous for running through pain. Disciplined is how I would describe her. Oats is her staple diet

Clau - Does the usual "diva" act. Don't really know when she'll come for training as she's always travelling. She also has the capability of having gallons of beer the night before a run, throw up and yet run a half marathon in GOOD timing. Amazing!

K7- shares the same famous last words as Diana Ross (ie "I'll be there" but never shows up!) Been finding all sorts of excuse to skip training!

Jules - This lady is always winning medals although she never registers for any runs!!There was once at the Penang Bridge Run, she took a shortcut and STILL got a medal at the finishing line. Her name was in the records for Top 20 runners and she even won a hamper!!

Then there's me. Always dogged with injuries but still want to run. That's what you call a WANNABE. I think I've experienced every injury a runner could possibly have.....chrondomalacia, plantar fascitis etc name it, I've experienced it. But I still want to run another marathon....

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Meme 23/5

oh well..for the fun of it! I dug up my 23rd entry and it was about Baron (1983-1994) my first dog. The 5th line of my post was "I miss his incessant barking". Yes I do miss his incessant barking. It has been 11 years since Baron has passed on, but it only feels like yesterday. In some ways Caramel reminds me of Baron..they have the same kind of built except that Baron had floppy and not pointy ears. Baron was also a darker shade of brown where as Caramel's is closer to a cream colour. The major difference is that Baron's bark is worse than his bite, but Caramel's bite is worse than his bark.

I don't think I have 5 people to tag to (since we're all in the same circle and most people would have been tagged) so I guess it ends here!

Today's exercise diary:
25 min walk on treadmill
20 min on stepper
Dumbell press
Dumbell flye
Dumbell row
Shoulder press
Lateral raise

Today's food diary:
Breakfast: 2 half boiled eggs and toast, Milo
Lunch: 1 1/2 cinnamon bun, mini chic floss bun, French Roast coffee
Dinner: Teochew porridge with omelette, luncheon meat, stir fried green vege, lettuce and fried fish

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Mel a dingo?

Doesn't Mel just look like a dingo? According to an article in BBC, research by the University of New South Wales has shown that dingoes originated from a domestic pet in Indonesia. The first dingo was probably brought over to Australia by migrants about 5,000 years ago. Dingoes are said to be facing extinction as there's plenty of cross breeding with domestic dogs. Could I be harbouring an endangered species in my home?

Pooch photos

Mel looking stoned in the garden

Roo awakes

Big Boy

Here are the latest shots of Caramel. He's chewing on 1 of those raw hide strips which you gave, ET!

Today's exercise diary:
6.6km outdoor run

Today's food diary:
Breakfast: coffee and toast
Lunch: Muesli and milk
Dinner: 3 mini chic floss buns and 1 cinnamon bun

Monday, October 17, 2005

Farewell Toffee

Farewell Toffee (my hamster). He died this morning..I do not know the cause but hamsters die quite easily. At first I thought the water could have been contaminated, as I had just changed the water last night and he was well alive then. Bell is still up and running though, and I gave him water from the same supply. Maybe it was just time for Toffee to go. He lived only 3 and a half months.

I haven't been very diligent in maintaining my food diary. I should start again. It's amazing how much junk one can consume and you don't realise it until you look at your food diary. Monday's usually oatmeal day due to over-indulgence over the weekend. It's also a sure way of losing weight. Not an exciting Monday today. Tired from the weekend.

Today's exercise diary:
3.5km run on treadmill (only burnt 260 calories)
10 min on stepper

Today's food diary:
Breakfast: toast and margarine, Milo
Lunch: Marmite oatmeal
Dinner: Sweet and sour fish, stir fried long beans, bittergourd, melon soup

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Going Soft

It's been a fruitful day, got a number of things accomplished. The day started at 6.30am, went to pick HL up to send CN off.By the time I got to her place, it was about 7am and we took a slow drive to KLIA. It was raining intermittently. By the time we nearly arrived at KLIA, CN and his parents were just leaving the house! They made it on time though, I shan't ask what speed they were driving at...We had a sumptuous breakfast of dim sum at Eden before we saw him off.

Later today we went off to Mid Valley to shop for soft furnishing. Made a stopover at Starbucks for a quick jolt of caffeine.After that we headed off to Metro and Jusco. I spent a bomb on soft furnishing(and some other frivolous things)'s what I purchased today:

* Quilt with bedsheets, pillow case and bolster case (70% discount..extremely good buy)
* Bean bag + filling
* 3 cushion inserts and covers
* stainless steel racks
* 2 press out doll books for Claire (my niece)

Spent the afternoon stuffing the styrofoam beads into the bean bag. It was pretty fun, as we kept spilling the beads and had to run after the runaway beads!I didn't buy enough bags of beads to fill the bean bag, and the bean bag ended up pretty flat.We rested for a bit before heading off for Christmas choir practice.

This is the first time I've ever been in a choir!! It was fun! We sang soprano parts and today we sang 2 pieces:
*Mary did you know
*Christmas Fantasia (medley of It's the Most wonderful time of the year, Deck the halls and God rest you merry gentleman)

We definitely need more practice on the high notes! We sounded like a cat being sucked through a vacuum cleaner....

After practice, we decided to have dinner with the 3 Musketeers. Guess where we ended up...Mid Valley AGAIN! Well, the 3 Musketeers wanted to go to MV and I needed more stuffing for my bean bag. Bought another 3 twin bags of stuffing.

It's been a nice day :)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Miracle Water

My foot has been a lot better since consuming alkaline water. The tightness is sometimes there, but it's not as prominent as before. I've managed to run 3 times this week already..did a 6.6km outdoor run today. A little knackered though because of last night's spring cleaning. I've been consuming alkaline water for 2-3 weeks now, Jenny is still kindly supplying me the water daily except on weekends because I don't see her. Well it certainly worked on her because she had a hamstring previously, and she managed to run 21km last Sunday and has been running everyday this week.

Although at first I did think it was only a placebo, and the effects were more psychological. Yes definitely the mind plays a huge part but I also believe that alkaline does help to flush out all the toxins and acid in our body. I'm pretty convinced to buy the filtration system for my family. Though I have yet to see the "reverse-aging" effects...

Today's exercise diary:
6.6om run

Today's food diary:
Breakfast: toast and 2 eggs, Milo

Cats and Dogs

It's raining cats and dogs,
Oh I could be a hog
Sleeping like a log
But instead I'm writing my blog.

Spring Cleaning

Finally gave my place a thorough cleaning. I am so glad my brother's domestic helper was kind enough to help me...or I would have taken ages to complete the task. I spent ages scraping little paint and cement stains on the floor. What was most annoying was cement stuck in minute chips on the tiles. By the time I had finished scraping, I would have menopaused. Anyway, we got the place vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed, wiped.....the whole works. It is clean now!! (though not squeaky clean yet) There was lots of dust accumulated over the months, therefore it is a little more difficult to completely get rid of it. I'll need to go in a second time to clean again. I think completing a marathon is a far easier task.

I'm tired but happy.

Curtains next!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Dominique Guillemard
Le Carnegie Hall

I am not an arty person but I discovered some of Guillemard's works. A lot of his art revolves around musicians and orchestras. I was told that what he specialises in is movement in the art, which is why you see dark heads without features(which denote head movement while playing the instrument) and a lot of loose strokes here and there. I haven't been able to find much about the artist's biography, the ones available are all in French. Guess I'll continue my search.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Home Improvement

Finally got my bedframe with dressing and side tables! :) Now I'll need to clear my place..there's still a lot of dust and debris from the alteration the contractors did to my stove. Curtains are done, just waiting for the delivery. Now I'll just need to shop for a mattress. I'm not sure what I really want..there's so many options nowadays. I've been using a King Koil chiropractic spring mattress for the last couple of years and it has served me really well. Guess I'll have t do a bit of research. Hopefully I'll be able to move in end of the month!

My gym's undergoing a refurbishment. They've finally done something smart..they changed the flooring of the free weights section to some carpet tiles made of foam or some spongy material.. It's pretty good for running on the spot. A bit difficult to do bridging, as it is a little slippery, but it works out well because one would require more control when bridging....6packs here I come!

Today's exercise diary:
3.5km run on treadmill
10 min on ellyptical machine
chest press
shoulder press
dumbell row
dumbell flye
reverse crunch

Today's food diary:
Breakfast: coffee and toast
Lunch: Mushroom oatmeal
Teatime: soya crackers
Dinner: vege curry, fish, potato and carrot soup


Unearthed some old pics from 2002. Note the different hairstyles and sizes then!

Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah

Today Hui Li embarked on her virginal drive to work. Made it in 1 piece too. Congratulations!

Sunday, October 09, 2005




Gangsta pup

Thursday, October 06, 2005


Brought Caramel to the vet for his second shot today. Got some advice from the vet on training the see Caramel is pretty feisty and not really scared. Because he's teething, he constantly loves to bite...and he doesn't like to bite his toys..he likes to bite me instead. Although I know he's being playful, I still have to discipline him.I've been reading on puppy training and most articles would tell you to be gentle with the puppy. I've tried talking to Caramel gently, but it doesn't make any difference. I've tried raising my voice, it only gets him more excitable and want to bite me more.

I told the vet about my predicament and he said there are generally 2 ways of training the dog:
1. English way (softer approach)
2. German way (harsher approach)

He took a look at Caramel's face and said that this pup is one tough nut, has very strong character and knows no fear. I guess this is because he's a stray and has strong survival instincts. Doc also said that with these type of pups you have to use a harsher approach to show your authority, or they will never be scared of you. So German method it is. I would much rather the English method, but it doesn't work on Caramel. When we came home, he tried to get playful and bite me again. I took out a rolled newspaper and smacked his nose. Finally he cowered. This pup is pretty smart, so I hope he learns fast because I hate smacking dogs. But he also learnt to stay and not follow me today. I have hope!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Over the Hill and Under the Weather

C'est la vie. Been under the weather for a few days now. Caught a cold in church on was freezing in the main auditorium and there I was, trying to be macho thinking I could withstand the cold by concentrating on the sermon. Alas! My brain is much more youthful than my body. Haven't been to the gym for 2 days now, all I think of is sleeping. The medication (Lemsip Max) has also made me drowsy and delusional, which is why I spend all my time thinking of "if's" (see previous post)

Today I wish I were a concert hall pianist. Playing Chopin's "Fantasie Impromptu in C# minor".

Mind is another time.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


If I could star in a musical....
....It would be "Mamma Mia" or "Grease"....

If I were a dog....
....I would be a Jack Russell terrier....

If I were a cat....
....I would be a Siamese cat....

If I were a tea blend....
.... I would be a Lady Grey....

If I were a cartoon character....
....I would be Peppermint Patty (Peanuts)....

If I were a handphone....
....I would be a Nokia....

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Many Faces of Caramel




The Many Faces of Razor Ruddock

Razor hates having his picture taken.

Don't you know I am doing this to humour you?

Get that camera out of my face!

Alright, alright, you win...

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Farewell Forrest

Farewell to little Forrest. Just got news from Mun Loong today that she died. Reason not known but he thinks it's heart attack. Forrest was trembling and cramping up this morning. ML was looking for a 24 hour vet,..told him about the one off Jalan Tun Razak and also gave him the contact to my regular vet. Unfortunately Forrest died along the way to the vet's. I think partly also it could be due to having pups at such a young age. Only God knows.

It is very heart wrenching to lose one's pet. It's a reminder again that my Roo ( my pet name for Razor) is reaching 14 years next April and he has definitely slowed down tremendously.