Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Remembering A Friend

My last posting was on International Women's Day, 8th March at 1.46am.  I woke up early that significant day to send my car for service & then enjoyed a good breakfast of yong taufoo with my sister.  While driving to our breakfast place, there was an announcement of the missing Malaysian Airline aircraft. We merely thought that the plane must have had a technical problem and did an emergency landing somewhere.  Never did it cross our mind that the aircraft would have gone missing.

About noon, a friend sent a What'sApps message to say our friend's name, Goh Sock Lay, was listed as one of the crews on that flight.  She saw it in the news telecast on TV.  We asked around & finally received a confirmation from a friend who worked in the airline.

It was a shocking news for all of us.  We just met Sock Lay during Chinese New Year holiday back in our hometown.  We have all been in the same school since primary school.  We may have lost touch after we all left school but our friendships were re-ignited when we found each others again over Facebook. We met up in 2008 and since then have made several gatherings when we were able to find time.  With old friends, it was so easy to re-connect. We just laughed & joked like we did in the past!!!

I still have hope of finding Sock Lay. Not as announced by our Prime Minister yesterday (25th March) that the aircraft has crashed into the Indian Ocean. I hope she is fine somewhere, awaiting rescue. My friends & I continue to pray each day at 7pm for her safe return to her family, especially, and to all of us.  Since her loss, it has been difficult to stay focus at work or while driving. Images of her keep flashing past. The first thought that came to mind when I awake from sleep is whether we will find her on that day.

Ironically, my friends and I got very close over this incident. We What'sApps each other to provide emotional support to one another.  We talked about her, about us.  We openly express our care & love for one another. This tragedy brought us closer. We still anticipate her return to us safely. I am praying hard for your return, Sock Lay.  Please come home.

The front page of The Star paper on the following day, 9th March, reporting the missing plane, MH370.

An introductory write-up about my friend.

It breaks my heart when The Star paper frontpage has my friend's name on it with an RIP message.

Sock Lay enjoying a bowl of Cendol at Jonker Walk during our last gathering during Chinese New Year. Let's do it again, friend!

That evening at Jonker Walk. Crowds enjoying the Chinese New Year holiday in a merry atmosphere.

A yummy bowl of Chendol comprising of shaved ice topped with palm sugar (Gula Melaka) and coconut milk. The Chendol (green strands made of rice flour) is added to the shaved ice.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Happy Women's Day

Love these messages that The Body Shop delivered through its campaign held in conjunction with International Women's Day celebrated on 8 March ever year.

 Inner beauty counts more than our physical beauty. What a profound mrssage! I always find a person with thoughtfulness for others, always carrying a big smile & has a big generous heart beautiful. What is your definition of beautiful?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Car Race

KL was abuzz with activities and events related to F1 Grand Prix race during the last 2 weeks. There were fashion show, gala dinner, international celebrity presence (Kimora Lee Simmons & Teri Hatcher were in town!!), international concerts, GP sales everywhere ~ wow, it's mind-blowing!!!  Or burning holes in one's pocket was more like it!

I caught this photo of F1 race car on display at MidValley Megamall.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Lunch at Madras Lane

We have many delicious food sold at hawker centre.  This is one of the famous hawker centre in the heart of KL's Chinatown.  It is known as Madras Lane.  Madras Lane got its name from the Madras Cinema that used to be located nearby.  After movies, movie-goers will head to the hawker centre for curry mee, yong tou foo instead of what we have these days, e.g. pop corn & Coke.

Seen here are 2 ladies enjoying Yong Tou Foo (minced fish paste stuffed into tofu, brinjal, bitter gourd, tofu skin & deep-fried) for their lunch at Madras Lane's hawker center.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Happiness Begins from the Famiily

Chinese New Year will be celebrated on this Sunday, 10th Feb, 2013.  I am posting today's photo that I took at Mid Valley Megamall today.  The word fu (福)as seen in the red decorative pieces means 'prosperity'.  However, I have added 家好人好百事好 to the photo.  These words carry the meaning that when all is fine in a family, one will be fine and so will all other matters in one's life.  In another word, happiness in life begins from the family. I think this is more important than any money and cents can bring us.

Wishing everyone a happy moment with your family. May you have a blessed Year of Snake!!
I am looking forward to going home to Melaka tomorrow night for the Chinese New Year celebration with my family. To all who celebrates Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai & Xin Nian Kuai Le!

"Use your first smile, your first form of generosity, of love, of kindness—use it at home; start at home. And if there is something left over—if … your plate is just full of abundance of patience and goodness and smiles and joy, then by all means, you should go … and offer that to others. But we must begin at home." by Dr Robin Smith