Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mulling Over 2007

In 48hrs or so.. less if you're living Down Under.. we shall all wave bye-bye to the year 2007 and welcome the year 2008 into our midst.

As usual, major newspapers and mediated programmes around the world are doing their annual "Good and Bad" round up of the year. If The Star is to be believed.. then the year has been fraught with disasters (but only di tempat lain-lain) while Malaysia has been blessed with an abundance of foreign visitors in conjunction with VMY2007.. lots and lots of rain (no drought here!).. and of course.. racial harmony that is the envy of other less-happy nations.

Also, this is the year where Malaysians (Malays, Chinese, Indians dan sikit Lain-Lain included) managed to break many, many incredible records. Top of the list must be the *ahem* record-breaking US$30 million (RM105 million) bill which allowed us to blast our first angkasawan into space..

But who really cares about the fact that the money could have been put to better use? After all.. all ringgits spent to put Malaysia on the map (of stupidity greatness) was done in the spirit of Malaysia Boleh... kan?!

Lucky we had a lot of guilos to help *ahem* fuel the cost.. XD

But I digressed... and for the record I'm really, really very patriotic.. I just had sarcasm pie for lunch and am currently suffering from indigestion.

No doubt each and everyone of us will have our fair share of unforgettable 2007 moments.. be it the birth of a child.. marriage.. divorce(s).. a short stint in prison.. (still) rising fuel costs.. winning an election and *cough* ousting a political leader who has *cough* been in power for 11 years.. and so on and so forth.

Regardless of how 2007 turned out to be.. if you had a good year.. you better cross your fingers (and do some charity work!) to ensure 2008 will be an even better year for you.. if 2007 wasn't so good.. well.. at least you don't have purple polar bears invading your backyard!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Books Galore~!

Can't believe that a month has already flown by since my last post... even more unbelievable is the fact that I've accomplished absolutely NOTHING since Nov 29 either!

No new words keyed in.. no research done.. the only thing I can announce with (some) pride is that I've bought heaps and heaps of books.. XD

And just to digress a little.. but "damn books are super cheap in KL!" It's plenty helpful knowing that Jaya's Popular is having a closing down sale too!

Right now, I've got my hands full trying to read >10 books at a time. Switching between Mahathir's Malay Dilemma.. Tunku and Tun Ismail's biographies.. Suryadinata's study on ethnic Chinese.. a handful of non-fiction like declassified May 13 secrets (lolx~) and several others more.. (and oh! I'm up-to-date on my Saiyuki manga chronicles too! XD)

While book-shopping, I debated over whether to get Ong Ka Ting's pro-election propaganda and/or Samy's 'This-is-my life ala Clinton BS'.. After all.. with my library going all pro-UMNO.. it's not very muhibah if I neglect my MCA and MIC you know...

But thankfully.. common sense prevailed.. maybe when I've really absolutely run out of reading material.. I'd think about giving the books a read. XD

Any book recommendations? If you've got any Malaysia/media-related books that you would like to donate.. you know my number! XD

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Happy Winter Solstice!

Do you know what day it is today?

No, not Christmas cause that's another three days to go. And no.. it's definitely not New Year yet...

Feeling clueless?

Here's a hint: it's the special time of the year when you get to fill your tummy with heaps of glutinous rice balls!

Yes folks, the Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival (冬至) is finally here!

According to Wikipedia, Dōngzhì is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians, and is traditionally a time for the families to get together. To mark the occasion, balls of glutinuous rice or tangyuan, are consumed as the roundness of the sweet dumplings are said to symbolise reunion.

Each year, my family and I prepare heaps of homemade tangyuan, and this year is no exception. While our tangyuan are normally white, red and green, this year we've added a new colour - yellow! (and mixed-up some of the red and green. XD)

Coloured by orange juice, the yellow tangyuan gave hints of a tangy citrusy smell and taste.

Additionally, this year we had a few helping hands, though to be honest, our helpers were more of a handful then helpful.. lolx~

But the most important thing was we had plenty of fun! Don't forget to mix in the peanuts when you eat your tangyuans!

Once again, Happy Winter Solstice to all~! ^o^

Friday, December 14, 2007

I'm Back!

Plenty of people have already said it earlier.. but I'll just do one post for sake of blogging. Yes, I'm back in sunny/rainy KL so expect less updates than usual. Lolx~

My thesis will be keeping me plenty busy.. but when there's spare time, I'll be shopping+eating with much gusto! ^o^

Everything but the tree is made of chocolates.. even the xmas decorations~ pity we weren't allowed to sample a bite!