August 29, 2011

More Funny Travellers Tales

In a Bangkok dry cleaners :
Drop your trousers here for best results.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant :
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office :
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

In a Rhodes tailor shop :
Order your summer suit; because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

In a hotel in Athens :
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between 9 and 11 AM daily.

Just for laugh! Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to all Muslim readers.

August 25, 2011

My Little Rainbow

This photo was taken few months back and had forgotten about it. It happened on a fine evening around 7 o'clock when I went and fetch my son from school. On the way home, in the car, we saw a very bright rainbow in the sky. The brightest I had ever seen. The rainbow was so bright, we could clearly see all seven colours and from our point of view, at that moment, it looks as if the end of the rainbow is on top of our house. I jokingly told my son that we have to hurry home to collect that pot of gold that could be on top of our roof.

As I reach home and got out my camera, the rainbow fated away and all I captured was the bluish grey sky. Can hardly make out the rainbow in the photo. Disappointed, I put back my camera and sighed, wondering when will that next time be for me to capture something so beautiful to show others.

The very next morning when I got out of bed and as usual I brush my teeth and took a bath and went straight to the basin to do some washing and there it was, a mini rainbow on my kitchen counter near the sink. My hubby had the habit of drinking a self blend vegetable and fruit juice in the morning before he goes to work and wound normally soak the blender in water and leave it in the sink for me to wash.

That day he left the blender on the side near the window just the right corner for the sun to go through and created that mini rainbow. I took my camera and snap a few shots of it. I am a great fan of "The Secret". I think that the Universe is trying to tell me that if I wish for something really bad, I will be granted my wish.

Thank you, thank you and thank you even though it was just a mini rainbow but the timing and the place it shows up, it was meant for me. I do believe in miracle and to me these are small miracles and I am still grateful about it.

Thanks for reading my silly tale. I normally practice having happy thoughts as often as possible everyday and the rainbow really does bring a smile to me. What are your happy thoughts? Stay happy always and have a great weekend to all readers.

August 22, 2011

All Sorts Of Weird Parents

I am a housewife by day and tuition teacher by night. I have students come by my house at night for tuition. I used to teach primary school children aged between 8 and 12. Now I am teaching secondary school children aged between 13 and 17. I have been teaching for almost 7 years now.

Most of my students would tell me stuffs that they would not tell their parents. After so many years of listening to their tales and their point of view, I became a better parent. Most of their tales were actually complains about their parents. Fascinating and unbelievable too. Will share them with you one by one in my post from now on.

The most heard of tale is about how parents lie to them to coax them to get good grades in school. Every batch of my students there would be at least one, who would complain about how their parents lie about their own grades in school. The more the child finds it hard to believe, the more he / she would want to dig up more about their parents past.

A few of my students already did some digging and found their parents school report card and used it against their parents when they lied about their good grades again. I would ask my students why they think it is a lie, their reply normally were that their parents could hardly speak English or Bahasa Malaysia. Every time when encounter with homework problems and ask their parents for help, it looks as if they don't know anything at all.

Parents out there, please take note. All these are facts that I gathered from a child's mouth aged between 8 to 17. If you think you can simply come up with a story to bluff your child into getting better grades, think again. No doubt they are only children but they ain't as dump as you think they are.

Normally when my sons ask for help in their school work, anything that I am not sure I will get them to help me find the answers from reference books, encyclopedia or the internet. We will look up for the answers together and I would normally say " So that's how it is suppose to be. I have learned something new today". By showing them I am willing to learn, it also influenced them to learn too.

I always tell my sons that knowledge will always stay with us, will never be robbed of it. The more knowledge you have the wiser you become and learning is not difficult but fun. Parents should show some leadership here, the more you are willing to learn the more your child would follow and you don't have to come up with weird excuses as to why they should get good grades. When a child finds learning fun and the happiness that comes with achievements be it academically or otherwise, the good grades will follow, no nagging, no punishing, no lies or tuition required. They can even self study, like how I trained my sons to do.

Thanks for reading and hope parents could share some parenting skill with me. Happy parenting to you.

August 18, 2011

Potato Carrot with Chinese Sausage

Learned this from t.v. All you need is potatoes, carrots, Chinese sausage, dried chilly (optional), sesame seed and sesame oil. Cut potatoes and carrots into toothpick sizes. Wash the potatoes after cutting, to get rid of the starch, then drain it. Cut Chinese sausage into toothpick size too if possible. If the sausage were too hard, steam it for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.

Heat wok and add sesame oil. Fry potatoes and carrots till it becomes a bit soft then add Chinese sausage and dried chilly. Add a bit of sugar and salt to taste. At last add sesame seed (optional). The potatoes and carrots will turn out crunchy. If you want it soft add a bit of water while cooking but I prefer it dry and crunchy.

Thanks for reading. Give it a try. It is easy and yummy too.

August 14, 2011

More Jokes To Share


A caucasian woman went to the Malaysia Post Office with a stack of post-cards to send friends and relatives back home. "What denominations?" asked the postal clerk. "Oh, good heavens! Have we come to this?" said the woman. "Well, some are Baptist, a few Catholics and the rest atheists!"

Morning Call

One night at a 3-Star hotel, I ordered a 6 AM wake up call. The next morning I woke up before 6 AM but the phone did not ring until 6.30 AM.

"Good morning!" a young man said sheepishly. "This is your wake up call."

Annoyed, I let the hotel worker have it. "You were supposed to call at 6 AM," I complained. "What if I have a million dollar deal to close this morning and your oversight made me miss out on it?"

"Well sir, " the desk clerk quickly replied. "If you had a million dollar deal to close, you wouldn't be staying in this hotel!"

Hotel Lobby

A salesman had a tiring day on the road. He checked into a wayside hotel in the evening and because he was afraid that the kitchen might close soon, left his bags at the front desk and went immediately to the dining area to order something to eat.

After a satisfied meal, he went to the front desk to reclaim his luggage and take his room keys. But he forgot his room number and told the clerk on duty, "My name is Osmond. Can you please tell me what room I am in?"

"Sure!" replied the clerk. "You are at our lobby!"

Just for laughs! Enjoy and have a good laugh!

August 6, 2011

Great Grand Parents

The age gap between parents and their children are getting wider. I remembered when I was little, grandma took me to visit her step-mum, which was my great grandma. No other kids in school had a chance to meet their great grand parents, only know them through photos.

Since the day when women fought for equal rights, more and more females had ventured into the corporate world, politics and sports. More and more female chasing after wealth, fame, recognition, be the first female president, the world's best in all aspect to let the world know that what ever man can do, female can do better.

Parents no longer discourage their daughters from pursuing higher education or their dreams. Since given the opportunity to go higher, females fire could not stop burning and went on and on and higher and higher and before they realized they had past their time to start a family.

I have nothing against female who which to be successful in every way but don't put your children last on the list. Not many successful female has successfully raised a good respective family. Unless you have a mum or a mother-in-law who is willing to take care of your kids while you strive for success. Not many could successfully juggle between work and home. It would be even worst for single mums and dads.

We could no longer hear tales like those in the 60's about how man meet girl, got married, man concentrate to provide a good shelter and food for the family while the female concentrate in bringing up their children to be a good person, and they all live happily ever after even though those days not many were rich.

Now the tales start with, what is the highest education qualification that I could achieve, how many other countries have I visited, how high and soon can I climb the corporate ladder and most importantly is how fast I could be rich and famous. By the time we have achieved all that, we could well be in our late 30s or early 40s. Then starts to realize the importance of having children and family.

My 8 years old student once told me that every time his dad picks him up from school or a friend's place, his friends would ask him if that was his grandpa. He was the only child at home. His dad looks like he was in his 50s.

Most of my friends that were of the same age as me, are now thinking of which kindergarden to sent their kids to while I am sitting here thinking of which college to send my eldest son to next year. My mum got me (I am the eldest) when she was only 20 years old and that time my grandma was only in her early 30s. I got married in my mid 20s and a mother of two before I turn 30.

Those days if you are still single and available at the age of 21, you are already being labelled a spinster. Now if you get married in your 20s you are known as stupid for not enjoying your life more before you start a family. My guess is human kind will be extinct soon not due to the Mother Earth turning against us but us human for forgetting that one simple reason why animals and plants reproduce.

Thanks for reading the true tales of live and wish the best to mankind. Do you think that we should act like how our ancestor did before and have three to four generations sitting at the dinner table on festivals or like what most family does now a days, having your first child after you had done enjoying life, because not many people have the opportunity to enjoy both at the same time. Which is more important to you?

August 1, 2011

Work Like A Dog

I just found out that 5th of August was declared as "Work like a dog" day. Wonder whose idea was it. Must have come from those slavery time. Does a workaholic work like a dog and does "work like a dog" means slavery? Why dog? Does it also mean an obedient worker who always obey it's boss like a dog obeys it's master?

Well, if you have watched Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, not all dogs obey their master. Only those well trained. Humans should not used words like obey but respect. Dogs are actually behaving the way we want them to because they respect us not obey us as a leader. So all leaders out there, earn your respect and others will follow you willingly.

In my opinion, there should not be a day to celebrate someone who had to work like a dog. In fact should celebrate that they are not out of job, now-a-days. Since the recessions recently where so many around the world had lost their job and had yet to get a decent job that pays them like before.

Someone once said that do the things you love and the money will follow. Had this happen to you yet? Are you still working for money or for passion? Wonder how many of you had actually landed on their dream job.

Well, what ever you are now remember to have a balance life. Money is important but so were many other things like family, friendship, neighbors and your health. Balanced up your life, don't just concentrate on one part and neglect the other. All are equally important.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a wonderful and a fruitful week ahead.
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