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Character First!

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This 2 days, I’m attending a training called Character First! For developers, no, this is not the characters as in ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’. It’s character in the sense of your action, attitude and behavior.

I would deem this as a motivational kind of course, as the messages passed in is towards building good character, good qualities in your inner self. Characters cannot be learned as a trait / skills; it has to be built and nurtured (just like how you plant fruit trees), preferably from young. But that doesn’t mean that you are older, you cannot build or change your character for the better.

The course started from identifying why people have some bad qualities in them (eg. late for meetings, lack of commitment, personal problems, etc) and what is the root cause of it (eg. disrespectful, unreliability, anger, etc). From identifying the “headache” (bad qualities) and providing what was the “panadol” (root cause), we went to identifying what are the good characters that a person should have to overcome such things. We were given a pocket booklet, identifying 49 good characters vs the bad, each with a meaning to it (eg. Responsibility vs Unrealibility).

It continues to how to give sincere praise to people, how to show appreciation to your peers and colleagues and how to widen my views to see people’s good character rather than always harp on the bad things (be it work place or at home).

This course enlightened me to think that I’ve been seeing things from the wrong perspective… Instead of focusing and harping on a person’s bad attitude / behavior, I should instead focus on their good qualities. This will in turn make the person more confident and be more successful in life.

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November 22, 2007 at 9:17 pm

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Pancake weekend

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It’s a pancake weekend! We went to Paddington House of Pancakes @ The Curve for lunch on Sat. It was unintentional, as we actually brought Pie to play at Ikano (the Playland there costing RM 5 for multiple entries). It was our 2nd time there… food was good, a different touch.

Today, I make pancakes (my first time). Initially was supposed to get my hubby to help out (I have no idea what’s the recipe for it), but he was busy letting Pea to sleep. Hence I browsed the net for ideas. Found this really easy and simple Banana Pancake recipe. When I initially browsed the net, I wanted to make pancakes and muffin. Didn’t know what other fruits house might have, I went with the all-time usual – bananas.

After getting the recipe, I found some mangoes around, thus changing it to be Mango Pancake. The end result got praised all round, but I felt that things could have been better. Will improvise the recipe in the near future (we shall see when).

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November 11, 2007 at 2:53 pm

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Signs showing your child loves you

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Got this article from BabyCenter on signs showing how much your child loves you.

When I read the article, it makes me feel so special, coz I know what it meant now, esp. when the young one cannot talk to me… but the fact that she waits for me when I come back from work, the way that she reacts when she sees me and don’t see me, I know that she has a special place for me.

  1. Your newborn stares into your eyes — he’s actually working hard to memorize your face. He doesn’t understand anything else about the world, but he knows you’re important. [Pea stares and stares non-stop. Whenever I put her down and get her to crawl, 90% she’ll come crawling back to me, and wanting me to carry her.]
  2. Your baby thinks about you even when you’re not around. Between 8 and 12 months old, he’ll start to scrunch his face and look around when you leave the room — and he’ll smile when you return. [Boy does Pea do it good. She’s starting to cry when I leave for work, or even when I leave the room, and a great big smile (and hug coz it means I will carry her) will be given out. Same goes for Pie when she was young.]
  3. Your toddler throws wicked tantrums. Nope, those screaming fits don’t mean he’s stopped loving you. He wouldn’t be so hurt and angry if he didn’t trust you so deeply. [Haha… Pie is starting to fall into this category. She don’t really throw tantrums much, but she’s starting to say “no” she don’t want to do this or “no” she don’t want to eat that. But it doesn’t end there. She’ll follow up with an excuse that you’ll find it… how much have my kid grow ? How does she know to give such good excuses ?]
  4. Your toddler runs to you for comfort when he falls down or feels sad. Kids this age may not truly understand the meaning of “I love you,” but their actions speak louder than words. [Haha… point proved. Both Pie and Pea looks for their comfort zone (person)… their Mummy!]
  5. Your preschooler gives you a flower picked from the garden, a finger-painted heart, a sparkly rock, or another gift. [Pie has been giving me flowers, ever since he grandparents introduced her to the garden. It will not be long b4 Pea’s turn to do so. I wonder if the garden will still have so many more flowers ? Their growing might not be as fast as the girl’s picking.]
  6. Your preschooler wants your approval. He’ll start to be more cooperative around the house, and he’ll look for chances to impress. “Look at me!” will become a catchphrase. [Hehe… Both girls do this. Now that Pea knows how to clap hands, wave bye-bye and move to the word “music”, we’ve been non-stopping asking her to do so, and she obliges.]
  7. Your grade-schooler trusts you with secrets, like his first crush or his most embarrassing moment. You’re his confidante, even if he shies away from your hugs in public. [Well, I’m hoping that both girls will treat me as their friend (not only Mummy), and tells me everything. Hopefully they won’t keep secrets away from me (not like their Mummy when young) :)]

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November 9, 2007 at 9:54 am

Work cum Holiday @ Singapore (cont.)

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Hehe… When I wrote the previous post, I was using my hubby’s machine… all my pix are in my own notebook, hence no pix could be attached.

Here are some, based on the pro’s photographer’s recommendation:
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View opp. Esplanade

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View of Merlion

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View of Clarke Quay

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November 7, 2007 at 2:34 pm

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Work cum Holiday @ Singapore

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The following week from Hong Kong, I had to go to Singapore for a technical conference with a colleague. The conference lasted for 4 days, but since we’ve got relatives in Singapore, we decided to extend till Sunday (Hari Raya’s 2nd day).

Conference usually starts early in the morning, hence we were in Singapore the evening b4 – which meant we were not in the office for one whole week. In total for me, that meant I was not in the office for 12 days (2D for Aussie, 5D for HK & 5D for S’pore). Hmm… come to think of it, it’s not a lot. Should have gone further / more days. Haha… ppl will start killing for that then, esp. when it was the peak of the super peak season!

Singapore, oh well, what can I say ? Lots! For one, I don’t stay in any posh hotels; usually bunk in at my aunt’s place in Choa Chu Kang (CCK). This time around, got to stay in a 5-star hotel (Pan Pac)… it’s 5-star right ? Secondly, this means it’s at the heart of the shopping area… with Marina Square, Suntec City Mall, Millenia Walk & City Link Mall… it was a shopper’s paradise. C, my first photography session with a pro – hehehe (for moi, whoever can teach me good stuffs, of course pro lar) – who thought me how to take good pix at night, esp. with water surroundings. IV, never did realized that S’pore is that big; ok it’s definitely not as big as KL, but taking an hour in the MRT is definitely the longest thing that I’ve ever done here. Or it’s just that with the many stops, it makes times goes by slowly…

In a way, with all the shopping complexes around, for a 100% shopper, it’s never enough. For me, 1 is enough to cover all. Oh, I do enjoy shopping, when I need to buy something, or when I see something I like and just couldn’t resist. But I’m not the type who can shop and shop and shop till you drop. I’ve tried 6 hrs of shopping, but it’s not a daily thing that I would want to do. Hence, I only go to the shopping complexes for food and window-shop, but more importantly, for books. Moi cannot don’t have books to read… I’ll die without it!

The 4 days session was a fruitful one, banging my head with SOA from left to right, up to down; stuffing myself with the food they serve… wasn’t that great, just that everyday they would serve different variety… but I do like their uniqueness and creativity in some of the food, esp. those yummy desserts. Off hand and at this ungodly hour, couldn’t remember them… need to refer to my colleague later in the morning.

Most nights, was alone in the hotel room, which was ok with me, as I got to catch up with my tv-watching. Had a marathon of 5 – 6 hours to watch some TV series between 2 days. Wed night, I went back to CCK, as my family came down… hence got to play with Pie. She was excited to see me, but sad to see me go back to the hotel. Couldn’t help but asked me “How ’bout you stay here with me tonight ?” Looking at the way she asked, my heart also melted away, and wanted to just jumped onto the bed with her… but then thinking of the 1-hour journey back to Suntec City the next morning in the wee hours didn’t tempt me at all. We also had great times video conferencing back to KL, talking to my hubby and Pea, whom was just looking at the microphone the entire time. There was this one time she saw me through the monitor and started crying for me… poor lil’ thing, missed me so much (haha… perasan).

Thursday night, we had dinner that was held by the conference organizer at a nearby another posh hotel. After dinner, was supposed to be back early to pack, as the next day we were supposed to check out, but my colleague had other plans. She wanted to go to the Esplanade and Clarke Quay – to see the Dance Festival and Octoberfest. Via bus “11”, we reached Makansutra 10 minutes later. Music was on the roll, instructors shouting the dance steps and people dancing away. Neh, didn’t take any photos, knowingly it will never turn out right. Just enjoyed the music… tempted to follow the steps, but then, not in public man. Found a spot to take numerous of photos of the bay – attempted to take the Merlion nearer, but pix turned out blurry.

Via bus “11” again, Clarke Quay was our next stop. Entrusting my legs to my colleague, we set off … and got lost in Singapore. Haha 🙂 It was supposingly to be a nearby stop… about 15 mins away from Marina Bay, but we didn’t go to the correct road, hence walking further and further away, until after stopping 4 people for directions, we ended taking the MRT there. View at Clarke Quay was also amazing – different colours of lights glittering in the water. There’s this bungy ride called G-Max – a nerve wrecking, heart stopping experience for me (even from the ground, not even stepping and experience the ride yet). It’s actually a ride whereby people sitting inside the capsule will be thrown in the air (literally) tied to 2 towers… imagine playing a yo-yo, but this time it’s much bigger and much higher in the air… and you’ll be hanging in the air for ages (which I think it’s actually a minute or less)… If you’re those who are up to the challenge, like adrenaline activities, then you should try this one…

After an adrenaline rush (from down below), we headed back to the hotel. It was past midnight, and we had a long walk back (almost 1/4 the time it took us there), taking in the silent night of Singapore. Legs were killing me, body was tired… but couldn’t sleep at all that night (or rather morning). By the time I had my shut eye, it was close to 3, and for the first time that week, I was too lazy to wake up in the morning. * yawn * No mood to even attend the conference, quite tempted to just skip the class.

After lasting 4 days session, enough was enough… the conference ended, brain full of SOA – which is now 70% given back to them. It was time to go back to my daughter 🙂 She’s definitely in high spirits seeing me, keep telling me she got new friends during play time and swimming time. My aunt was telling her “I stay here for few years also never make new friends, you are here just for 3 days only already got so many friends”. Haha… Pie’s friends are like hi and bye kind of thing. Like she’s going to keep in touch with them.

Sat was my aunt’s birthday, so we had early dinner @ Soup Restaurant, Causeway Point (my fav rest in S’pore). Their all-time favourite, Sam Sui Kai, is actually steamed chicken which is tender, served with ginger sauce and lettuce. How to eat it ? Go the Jo’s way – take 1 piece of chicken, put onto the lettuce, put some ginger sauce, wrap the lettuce, and bit into it. You’ll have the crunchiness of the lettuce, the tenderness of the chicken and the gingerness of the ginger sauce – all in that 1 bit. Check out some of the reviews of the restaurant:

Lastly, we bought a cake from Bengawan Solo. Surprisingly, the cake was quite nice… it was Fruit Gateau, which was a vanilla sponge cake with fruits (i.e. peaches, grapes and kiwis) on the top and white choc pieces at the side. The cake was light and the white choc was good. Couldn’t resist 2 pieces myself… haha…

As usual, Pie enjoyed the time most… she went swimming 3 times, imagine just about 1 week stay in Singapore and went 3 times swimming, whereas in KL, we don’t bring her anywhere to swim. Reason ? I guess the pool at my aunt’s condo is much cleaner than the ones in KL.

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November 7, 2007 at 6:16 am

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Sep & Oct = Holidays (Part 2)

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My next destination was Macau & Hong Kong. Saying this, everyone would know that I flew by Air Asia. Yeap… was one of the lucky ones who managed to get not 1, not 2, but 5 free tickets to Macau. Brought my eldest daughter along, as we wanted to bring her to Disneyland. Lucky kid, 3 1/2 years old get to go these kind of places, compared to the Mummy whom went to Paris Disneyland when she was 19 years old.

Our trip started early in the morning, having to catch a 6.3o am flight, we need to be at the airport by 4.30 am, thus everyone had to be ready and in the taxi by 3.30 am. Hahah… guess everyone was quite excited about the trip, even my girl as she was awoken ard 2+ and didn’t catch a wink until on the plane, where she slept about 2 – 3 hrs. After the 4 hrs flight, we were at Macau ground. Not wanting to waste time and after going through “No Customs”, we were out of the airport in 1/2 hours (tell me who can beat this record ?). Father headed to China, whilst the rest of the us head over to Hong Kong. We catched the ferry over to Hong Kong, and got into a cab to our destination – Disney Hollywood Hotel.

After an hour for checking in, we had lunch and rested our body, before heading to Disneyland. With the ‘Stay & Play for 2 days’, we went in that evening to catch the Halloween Parade and Disney in the Stars Fireworks, and again the next morning to roam around. Meals at the hotel is quite expensive, but no choice. It’s either here / Disneyland. But the hotel was very nice, and so is the room. With a two queen size bed, we slept 4 in a room. Sweetie Pie was contented with the Toy Shop as it allowed her to play ‘Restaurant’, and it comes with microwave, cupboards, fridge, oven and washing basin her size.

Disneyland is not too big (for adults), but then not too small for kids either. With 1 Main Street and 3 lands, surprisingly we didn’t get to cover the Adventureland. Spending half a day @ Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, it was too much for a kid to see. Taking the train from Main Street to Fantasyland, we saw Mickey and Minnie heading towards Dumbo the Flying Elephant. After a few pix, I caught hold of Winnie the Pooh at Fantasy Gardens, thus I quickly rushed Pie and Mum over there. With no one around yet, we snapped lots pix with Pooh, Donald Duck, Minnie, Mickey & Pluto. By the time we left, the crowd rushed in. After that, we had fun in the Mad Hatter Tea Cups and then head on to The Golden Mickeys Show. After the show, had lunch, and then walked around the 2 lands. After buzzing through Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and getting ourselves wet at the UFO Zone, Pie fell asleep in the stroller. Woke her up for the Disney on Parade and headed back to the hotel. Pie was so energetic then that we brought her to the hotel’s playground, and then for a walk around the hotel, and later to the Toy Shop where she played ‘Restaurant’ again. She will go ‘You be the customer, I’ll be the chef’.

After 2 days @ Lantau Island, it’s time we head to Kowloon, spending the next 2 nights @ Stanford hotel. Hotel was definitely not as big and grand as Disney Hollywood, nevertheless it’s clean and we were able to have good night sleep. Lunch at a nearby Taiwanese restaurant… food was not too bad, esp. my Pork Chop bun and Pie’s plateful of rice with minced meat and beancurd (well… she wanted to eat beancurd mar). After lunch, we went around Tung Choi Street (widely known as Ladies Street), which is just 2 streets away from the hotel. That evening, we went to Avenue of Stars, me wanting to see the Symphony of Light, but because it was drizzling and too windy, hubby decided unsafe for the kid, thus we headed inside. As hubby wanted to eat the famous Little Sheep (Mongolian restaurant where it’s famous for hot pot / steam boat), we had yummy durian dessert for tea and McD as pre-dinner.

Dim Sum was on top of our list, thus we had that for breakfast. Found it at Nathan Street, not too good, not too bad… it’s just so-so. Nothing to shout about. The only thing I wanted to shout was that Pie had 2 pieces of ‘Chan Bau’ hehe… she never eat these things in KL. One nice thing I had from the dim sum was their egg tart… smooth to the taste. Never try their fried radish (Chau Ko), as they serve with Peanut butter and tim cheong. Yes… no typo there… peanut butter. Goodness knows for what.

After a hearty meal, we went to Ocean Park, via MTR and bus. Another nothing to shout about… there’s seriously nothing to do here… see fishes in their aquariums (Aquaria is actually better than this), see sharks in their tanks and see 10 years no difference of dolphins and sea lions do their tricks. For Pie, obviously everything is new and exciting, thus enjoying herself a lot.

Spending 3 – 4 hours here, we were too tired to eat our, thus took away Chicken Rice to eat at our own comfort. Rice was a lot… like 2 bowls with lots of meat. But I didn’t like their Char Siew and Siew Yok … saltish big pieces with not crunchy skins. Worst of all, it was white rice with white rice… meaning there was no sauce to go with… how to eat ?

Brekky the next morning was instant noodles, as we had to take the ferry back to Macau to meet up with my Dad. With the China’s national week off rush, we were at the immigration counter for almost 2 hours. *sigh* it’s either you zoomed too fast or you had to suffer the queue. With our stomachs growling, we had not so satisfying ‘Wan Tan Mee’ @ the NOT so clean restaurant at the ferry terminal. Our stay at the New Century hotel was quite good… rooms were bigger than Disney Hollywood with adjoining rooms and super king sized bed.

We went to Macau town for sightseeing, instead of seeing road, I could only see people and people and people everywhere. Climbing up to Ruins of St. Paul’s was tired, but having Portugese Egg Tart freshly out from the oven was heavenly. Too bad didn’t buy a lot of eat… I could have eaten the whole box then! Hehe 🙂 After refreshing ourselves, we went out for dinner at a nearby restaurant for Fried Rice and Wan Tan Mee. Though it’s at a much nicer and cleaner rest. doesn’t mean the noodles is still nice. I didn’t like it at it was not as springy as we usually have. Fried rice was so so lar. After dinner, Dad said we must go to this place… it’s a place not to be missed! Thus, we went to the Venetian Macao. Of course cannot be missed… this place is so so big and so so grand. Totally don’t make you feel that you are at Macau… like you are transported to another place… Venice maybe ? Hehe… truthfully speaking, when I passed by one of the area which is like a town square, for a moment there I thought I was back at Venice’s town square, with canals and gondolas in the middle of the square, small bridges everywhere, old structures and street side entertainment. After walking around the expensive shops and getting ourselves lost inside the hotel, seriously we got lost in such a big place, we headed back to our hotel. It was late and Pie needs to get her rest. More over, we need to pack, as this was our last night in Macau. It’s time to go back to reality and hit the files / tenders again.

It’s bye-bye Macau and Hong Kong, hello Malaysia again! This trip was quite worth it, seeing how much Pie enjoyed herself. Though we didn’t do much shopping, though we were tired, but we were happy, seeing our daughter so contented and telling stories of her encounters over and over and over again. We were telling Pie that in this 1 trip, she has taken various types of transports… aeroplane, ferry, taxi, bus (normal & double decker), MTR & her indispensable stroller.

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November 5, 2007 at 11:00 pm

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Holidays (Part 1) – Pictures

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Pix 1: Sunrise from the plane
Pix 2: First cup of cappuccino @ Cotto
Pix 3: View of Adelaide town
Pix 4: View of Adelaide town

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Pix 1: Building @ Glenelg town
Pix 2: Lady boss’s house
Pix 3: Wolf Blass @ winery
Pix 4: Wine Yard @ Wolf Blass

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Pix 1: Winery @ Yalumba
Pix 2: Flowers exhibition @ Royal Adelaide Show
Pix 3: Flowers exhibition @ Royal Adelaide Show
Pix 4: Apples exhibition @ Royal Adelaide Show

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Pix 1: Bonsai exhibition @ Royal Adelaide Show
Pix 2: Sand sculpture
Pix 3: Mad House – the only ride I had and nerve-wrecking too!
Pix 4: Fun Fair

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Pix: Farm animals

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Pix 1: Emu chicks
Pix 2: Mt Lofty Summit
Pix 3: View of Adelaide from Mt Lofty Summit
Pix 4: Trekking up to Mt Lofty Summit

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Pix 1: Cleland Wildlife Park
Pix 2: Kangaroos @ the Park
Pix 3: Dingoes
Pix 4: Note stating that Koalas are not bears

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Pix 1: Up close with Koala
Pix 2: Ducks and herd of ducklings
Pix 3: Seen any kangaroos posing for you ? We did!
Pix 4: My fav. animal – Wombat
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Pix 1: Emus
Pix 2: Kangaroo with its joey in the pouch
Pix 3: Kangaroo with its joey drinking milk
Pix 4: Horse tram carriage

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November 5, 2007 at 10:35 pm

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