Category Archives: Current Affairs

Recycling and Kuching

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when we got back to Msia and were in Penang, i was pleasantly surprised that the state has declared a ‘no plastic bag day’ for every Mondays and Thursdays. i’m unsure to what extent this campaign is or how closely it’s being followed by the various businesses in Penang, but Jusco sure was one of the active participants. we were shopping there and since it was a Thursday, we had to buy a shopping bag to carry our purchased items; reminds us so much of Brats coz that’s what Ayl and I do every weekend for grocery shopping. we carry our own organic shopping bag, or we use our own trolley and load it into our boot. so seeing my beloved homeland starting out this campaign gives me a good and proud feeling, though i have no doubt that those who do not  have this kind of mentality would be cursing away at the hassle and inconvenience of it all.

why the bother all of a sudden? we’ve been using plastic bags for centuries and things have remained the same ever since!

what difference will one plastic bag make?

then what am i going to use for my rubbish?

anyways, i brought back the Jusco shopping bag to Kuching and had in mind to use it when i go to supermarkets or grocery shopping. i definitely didn’t notice it before until i took the shopping bag with me one day and asked the cashier to put my items into the bag instead of the plastic bag – it’s a norm for most Kuching supermarkets to tie a plastic string around the loaded plastic bag (shut tight); so that it cannot be opened unless it’s cut, so that ppl don’t steal. at that time with me at the register, the cashier had to ask ‘the person in charge’ (of security i guess) if she could upload my purchased items into the shopping bag i produced. i suppose they were really confused by my request, but he gave the nod of approval after checking me out. i must seem honest enough.

there was another funny incident that happened here in Kuching as well. i was buying something (can’t recall what exactly) and at the cashier’s, i told the lady i won’t need the plastic bag coz i can easily put it in my bag and to my surprise she asked me ‘why?’

errrr….. for one main reason is because i simply don’t need a plastic bag for something i can easily put into my bag. i don’t need to have a layer of plastic for everything i buy, esp if i already have something that can carry it on its own, otherwise my bare hands will do too.

let’s think GREEN!

Homecoming

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ok, here is our itinerary.

flight from Vienna: 17/July
transit in Bangkok and arrival in PENANG!!: 18/July
– we’ll be in land of the good food till 25/July; then flying to KL at night.

in KL: 26/July, 27/July (morning only), 31/July & 1/Aug (till noon only)

in HK: 27/July (night), 28/July, 29/July, 30/July

– flying to KUCHING 1/Aug; and will be in KUCHING till 7/Aug.
– flying back to Slovakia 8/Aug

detail itinerary in KL:
26/July
– family photo shoot in the morning with Jesse&Eric
– Sunday church service
– lunch with Dave & Peich
– REST!
– dinner with gang

27/July
– breakfast with Ps Chan & family
– official errands like passport & banking stuff
– noon leaving for airport to HK

31/July
– lunch with SSCSM
– dinner with ex-IPO

1/Aug
– Free time in the morning (hope to see Goon’s new baby girl)

as you can see… fully packed!

Spring Cleaning

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i now fully understand the term ‘Spring Cleaning’. it was always known to me only as the time before our family celebrates CNY (Chinese New Year) that we would clean the whole house and get rid of broken or unwanted things; every year around that time of the year. why the ‘spring’ before the ‘cleaning’ – i never knew.

i’ve come to loathe that word ‘spring cleaning’ because there was always so much to clean, the season was super hot especially at that time of year, and to make things worse, my nose is super-sensitive to dust. i got into sneezing frenzies and i sweat buckets! 

back then in our old house, we didn’t have closed kitchen cabinets, only open shelves and things would be stacked high up near the ceiling. my grandmother had kept and kept and kept those ‘nice and expensive’ pots and pans in plastic bags and had rarely taken them down to use because they were ‘precious’, only to be used for some special occasion that never came; and they would collect dust for the whole year till we clean it during ‘spring cleaning’ before CNY. oh the tediousness!! and did i mention no use of vacuum cleaners and the luxury of having an air-con too! 

being here in a 4-season country, i’m getting the meaning why it’s called SPRING cleaning. i found out that living in snow is a hassle, but i just got to find out that it can also be costly in terms of premise/road maintenance. after all the snow had melted, we saw potholes EVERYWHERE on the roads. it sure wasn’t there before winter when we got here, and it’s not only where the busses or trucks frequent. it’s a good thing the council here took quick action on those potholes, they were getting bigger and bigger by the day, so unlike in Kajang. :P! 

on our balcony, the tiles where the snow had stayed the longest is chipping. now that it’s warmer i can go outside, so i cleaned the windows and the balconies (we got 3 balconies, 2 more to be done; phew!) and there was so much dirt! the pail of water turned ‘brak-brak’ even before i was halfway though. plus, the whole apartment outside is mostly painted in white!! A.GO.NY!

from the playground downstairs, i observed some units having renovation work, people shifting and cleaning houses, waste paper baskets are installed around the park area, pots with flowers are put on the balconies (should have one of those but scared later all die under my hands!)… etc. 

 

BEFORE; one month ago

BEFORE; nearly more than one month ago

 

 

chipped tiles

AFTER; chipped tiles, wonder how much it would be it maintain this; not that we're paying for it though

 

little helper

little helper

 

finally i can show off my hot legs

'finally i can show off my hot legs'

now that things are cleaned, there’s a sense of fulfillment and a kind of peace. the home is clean again, and this little girl can run free and easy.

Deserted on Christmas

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it’s such a culture shock for us – to see everything closed and streets and highways totally deserted!! it was nearly like a ghost town! 

yesterday after the Christmas Eve service at church, Aylwin decided we should eat out – but thankfully the day before we stocked up on groceries coz, in the end after driving around, there was no place to go as EVERYTHING was closed. everyone was at home with their family having their ‘reunion’ dinner like us chinese during CNY’s eve. 

we really didn’t expect it to be like this coz we assumed that things would be more ‘happenin’ here since Christmas is such a big thing here. we thought there’d be street parties, fireworks and stuff like that, but… guess we were wrong. the celebrations in Malaysia is such a big contrast now to how Slovaks celebrate Christmas. it’s without a doubt a much much more quiet event here than back home and nothing like what we expected. it’s sort of a bit like an anti-climax for us… the talk and atmosphere were all built up for Christmas, and then when the time comes for the big bang – all of a sudden there’s … nothing; silence – no parties, no fireworks, no loud cheers/laughter in the streets, not even carol singers! 

confused a bit now; i honestly don’t know which i’d prefer – i was afraid that there might be loud fireworks at midnight that might rouse Arielle from her slumber; but what’s happening now was the furthest thing on my mind. i suppose in a way, it’s good not to have any distractions. that way we can really focus on the reason for Christmas in the first place – our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth, His life, His sacrifice on the Cross, His Gift of Eternal Life; and how these have impacted and changed the lives of those who have come to believe in Him.

how come? how long?

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today’s wordpress’ top post was regarding our Malaysian political arena. as i was reading some of the many comments which it has attracted, there was particularly one that caught my attention. it’s disappointing to know that there are still idiots out there who are fighting for their own race to rule, (even though they’re the majority and they’re already ruling the country) and is still believing the claim that other races other than the majority are immigrants and should be going back to their respective homelands.

what generation and time are we in now, for someone to still have that kind of mentality? how did the claim come about and how did it started? what is the belief of Islam when they say ‘all men are equal’?