Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hardwork - Does It Pay Off?

I must say that the last few months had been a tough journey for me. In fact these last few weeks and this week actually has been a very tiring experience for me. There are so much demands out of me, mostly all the things that I like to do, things that are close to my heart, things that suit my needs and satisfaction in life, and things where I devoted my time, efforts and money with passion and dedication.

I have a friend who once asked me, does it pay off with all the hardwork I have done - with regards to all the time wasted and spent, fund flew from my pocket, lack of sleep and the feeling of fatigue all over. But I told him, I do it simply because I love doing it. It is my life and this is how I live my life - to the fullest that is. I also informed this dear friend of mine that I take every opportunity in life, I do as if there is no tomorrow, and I do it not just for my sake but also to the people around me, to the community that I share and breathe the air with, to the society in general and for the benefit of mankind at large. That was my answers.

Amid all the tight schedule, the question is does it pay off. Indeed, it is quite hard to quantify if those hardwork really pays off. Sometimes the end results is intangible, those tangible results would be of satisfaction, recognition and a big smile(in fact huge) on my face when I hit the hay at bedtime. Indeed, I have a good health and fit from some of the hardwork I put up into during my spare time. Recognition is probablt most people wanted to see if they perform hardwork - say if you are working your hardwork is paid with an increase in your payslip. I have a friend in the office used to complain how she worked really hard and never got a promotion. I told her, it will pay off sooner or later. I told her, I for one by citing an e.g, have been working hard and all my hardworks had only been fruitful after 3-4 years with a double increment in payslip and promotion (with a one and a half years arrears added into my salary!). Hardwork does pay off, just a matter of time, really!

Now with regards to the activities that I do outside my office hour. In what way would that pay off. Is it really paying off? Would anybody recognise you and in what sense would one recognises your contribution? Would your hardwork make you a public figure, glamourously? Would that make you the centre of attention? Would that increase in your calls and smses in your mobile phone? Would you be having more friends or vice versa, or would that at the same time create and invite more enemy? Would people say thank you to you, or would that be so important? What would be the limit or boundary of your hardwork? - probably the most important to think of. Out of all these, the main question is, would you really need to be recognised for your contribution if such volunteerily work you are doing is meant to satisfy your passion and dedication, and the needs as part of your life fulfillment.

I remember a few incidents that has taken place a few months ago. In fact in my previous entries I mentioned that I enjoy having many friends around me. Not that I need them to enable me to live on but the enjoyment of sharing, laughing and spending times together at every possible time and space. To tell you the truth I almost lose a friend simply because I have so much hardwork spent on many events and tasks that cause me to spend little time with them. This bring me back to my earlier question in the previous paragraph. Would hardwork pays off? When would I consider that it is time to rest and possible settle down. I also have a friend who ask me a serious question, when would you rest from all your activities and think that time has come for me to get married, settle down, have kids and family? I can't answer to him, I just said I am not ready yet. He asked again, when would you be ready? I answered again, I don't know, but I hope and WISH that one day my brain, mind and body would send me a signal that I will shout out LOUD from my lung that I am ready to get married!, have a twin boys and a girl, and lead a happy and prosperous family. I still wishing!!

With a couple of incidents that take place in the last couple of week, I managed to wake up momentarily to ask myself that it is time to reflect, to reflect all my activities especially those not related to my work, those activities that I do which I thought I could have contributed and benefited to humanity in general and to societies/communities (friends, clubs, NGOs, dancing, choreographing, modelling, etc.) in particular. Of course I did it all simply because I enjoy doing it, I love doing it, there are my passion, hobbies, and and a way of life. But to what limit, I can't seem to foresee the line where I should stop or when I should rest. Above all, I am just an ordinary person having a big heart, unknowingly what lies ahead of us.

As usual, I dig into my collection of motivational essay, quotes and jokes, and stumbled on those below which I share to all of you. Happy Thursday people and luv ya ols.

The Important Things in Life
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson,or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be - a roommate, a neighbor, a professor, a friend, a lover, or even a complete stranger - but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful,and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are sometimes the most important ones.

If someone loves you, give love back to them in whatever way you can,not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before,and listen to what they have to say.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.

You can make anything you wish of your life. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. And if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while leave footprints on our heart and we never, ever the same - Tanya Cuva

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else - Ralp Waldo Emerson

Things don't change. You change your way of looking, that's all - Carlos Castaneda

To every disadvantage there is a correspondng advantage - W. Clement Stone

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them - Antoine de Saint Exupery

Guillibility At Its Height
A husband takes his wife to play her first game of golf. Of course, the wife promptly hacked her first shot right through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course. The husband cringed, "I warned you to be careful! Now we'll have to go up there, find the owner,apologize and see how much your lousy drive is going to cost us." So the couple walked up to the house and knocked on the door.

A warm voice said, "Come on in." When they opened the door they saw the damage that was done: glass Was all over the place, and a broken antique bottle was lying on its side near the broken window. A man reclining on the couch asked, "Are you the people that broke my window?"

"Uh...yeah, sir. We're sure sorry about that," the husband replied.

"Oh, no apology is necessary. Actually I want to thank you. You see, I'm a genie, and I've been trapped in that bo ttle for a thousand years. Now that you've released me, I'm allowed to grant three wishes. I'll give you each one wish, but if you don't mind, I'll keep the last one for myself."

"Wow, that's great!" the husband said. He pondered a moment and blurted out, "I'd like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life."

"No problem," said the genie. "You've got it, it's the least I can do. And I'll guarantee you a long, healthy life!"

"And now you, young lady, what do you want?" the genie asked. "I'd like to own a gorgeous home complete with servants in every country in the world," she said.

"Consider it done," the genie said. "And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary and natural disasters!"

"And now," the couple asked in unison, "what's your wish, genie?"

"Well, since I've been trapped in that bottle and haven't been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to sleep with your wife."

The husband looked at his wife and said, "Gee, honey,you know we both now have a fortune, and all those houses. What do you think?"

She mulled it over for a few moments and said, "You know, you're right. Considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn't mind, but what about you, honey?"

"You know I love you sweetheart," said the husband. "I'd do the same for you!"

So the genie and the woman went upstairs where they spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other. The genie was insatiable. After about three hours of non-stop fun, the genie rolled over and looked directly into her eyes and asked, "How old are you and your husband?"

"Why, we're both 35," she responded breathlessly.

"Really?! Thirty-five years old and both of you still believe in genies?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Teka Teki Hari Selesa

Jum kita main teka-teki dulu, saja-saja. Tetapi sesiapa yang dapat memberi jawapan yang paling tepat dan terbanyak akan ku bagi sebuah hadiah. Sila gunakan email saya untuk menghantar jawapan anda ataupun guna ruangan 'comment' saja di bawah entri ini. Jawapan kebanyakkan berbentuk subjektif dan logik. Selamat mencuba!


1) Minyak apa yang disukai oleh lelaki?

2) Kuih apa yang bungkusnya di dalam, isinya di luar?

3) Binatang apa power Karate?

4) Siapa yang menemukan dompet kulit?

5) Pintu apa yang walaupun dengan 10 org pun tak leh nak tolak?

6) Saya ada 3 kepala, 4 tangan dan 5 kaki...siapakah saya?

7) Apa dia 'Jauh di mata, dekat di hati'?

8) Binatang apa yang seluruh anggota tubuhnya kat kepala?

9) Nenek siapa jalannya meloncat-loncat?

10) Knapa lelaki jarang kena penyakit anjing gila?

11) Apa beza sekretari baik ngan sekretari kurang baik?

12) Apa persamaan Michael Jordan ngan Michael Jackson?

13) Tukang apa yang kalau dipanggil, dia menjenguk ke atas?

14) Nak mencari sikit punya susah, bila dah dapat buang, apa bendanya?

15) Apa persamaan kain jemuran ngan telefon?

16) Knapa pokok kelapa kat depan rumah harus ditebang?

17) Gajah terbang dengan apa?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

To My Friends - One Glass of Milk

How many of us has the attitude that when we give someone a favour or something we expect something in return? This is one of my many collection of motivational essays which inspire me in many ways. Hope it can give you another perspective of what kindness is all about.
A Glass of Milk

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you? You don't owe me anything, she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."
He said..... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled! They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Imediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words .....
"Paid in full with one glass of milk"
(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Did you Answer Nunu?
NO! Of course it isn't.
Her name is Mary. Read the question again!

Okay, now the bonus round:

A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By
imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully
expresses himself to the shopkeeper and! the purchase is

Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of
sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants?

Click here for answer.
(Kindly go to the bottom of this entry to get the answer, TQ.)

Friday, September 15, 2006

13 Reasons Not To Drink With "Friends"

I got this particular email from one of my friends who happened to be one of my session drinking mates. She is quite good when it comes to drinking. In fact she even thought me how to stay sober when everyone's drunk.

Having friends to go into drinking session is excellent, BUT having friends who can't control themselves when intoxicated - thinking that they drink and won't get drunk is another matter! things may get a little nasty. One tends to brag big time when they drunk, or they touch or kiss you (regardless whether you're male of female), they dance like nobody's business, run here and there shouting out loud like it's their bedroom - a minority will just keep quiet, stay inside the car and sleep. The funny part is how they walk, one would try to walk straight and act like they're going to market, but my oh my when you are drunk! you will probably be the best catwalk model on a runway. Here a food for thought of 13 reasons not to drink with friends.

And the #1 reason not to drink with "friends"

All I have to say is.....I hope I don't have any "FRIENDS" like this!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Rumba Latin Grill and Bar - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


Opening hours:
5.00pm - 1.00am weekdays
5.00pm - 2.00am weekends & public holidays

The spices, sights and sounds of Latin America splash Sabahan shores as Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu opens Rumba Latin Grill and Bar, the first Latin-themed dinner and dance outlet in all of Borneo.

Located on Le Meridien’s Sinsuran side, Rumba offers everything that you could hope to expect from Latin life: Cuban cigars, rum, spicy food, Spanish wine, and a lot of pulse-pounding jabanero-hot Latin music.

Rumba features a band straight from Colombia, Tropicaribe. The four-piece group has toured all over Asia, having performed in India, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, and most recently China. Jhon Torres, Diana Castromahecha, Eider Correa and Milton Villareal work to create a unique band of music that is authentically Latin.

Throwing salsa, meringue, cha cha cha, bolero, bachata, bossa nova and much more into their performance, the band is sure to keep you dancing all night long. Armed with a repertoire of over 400 songs, Tropicaribe is more that prepared to entertain, promising something delicious for both the eyes and ears each time you come.

And the buck certainly doesn’t stop there. Rumba has everything awesome about the Latin party lifestyle in full stock. A wide variety of dishes, snacks and spiced seafood barbecues that draw influence from the entire spectrum of Latin and South American food. Expect salsas, quesadillas and tortilla dishes aplenty.

An impressive spread of drinks us also available, with all the bar staples being present. Several wonderful wines shipped in from Spain, Chile, Argentina and Cuba are in stock and are meant to go well with both your dinner and your dancing, as will Rumba’s extensive collection of Cuban cigars. A whole slew of exciting cocktails, such as mojitos, caipirinhas and the always alluring daiquiri round out the selection.

“There is no better word in Spanish to describe the Latin lifestyle,” says the Westin Kuala Lumpur;s Alfredo Hernandez, Operations Manager for Food and Beverage, himself a Cuban national who came to help out with the Rumba’s opening.

“Rumba’ means party, and we do that really well. We sing, we dance, if there are drinks, we drink, and if there’s food, we eat. The Latin concept is a wide one, allowing not just Cuban or Brazilian influence but all these cultures to come into play. The result will be great products and great entertainment.”

“Anybody who likes to have fun is invited to come to Rumba,” continues Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu’s General Manager Urs Weisskopf. “Anybody who likes to dance, to party, to have wine and dine will surely find Rumba a great place to be.”

Brace yourself for the best in Latin food, wine, music and entertainment, only at Rumba Latin Bar and Grill.

For further information:

Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Sinsuran, 88000 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia

Main TeL: (60 88) 322 222
Main Fax: (60 88) 322 223

Monday, September 04, 2006

To My Friends - Part 1

I have many friends, I must admit that! But I wonder sometimes if I have a true friend, a friend that I can really trust and share all my fond memories and thoughts. Having a circle of friends is a wonderful experience but keeping them is not as easy as ABC. Some are high maintenance while others take advantages of your kindness. Very unfortunate that there is no such thing as $ and cent when it comes to valuing a friend. Friendship forged over times sometimes bends and breaks in times of trouble and difficulty. Probably there is a truth on the saying that, 'He who walks in when others walk out is a True Friends', indeed.

I value and cherish all my friends equally the same to the best I can. I see them as one entitiy - FRIEND - whom I spend time with, laugh with, and share with. Never I would try to separate them from others nor do I isolate them from myself. As I am, they are also a friend to others in their circle of friends. I offer my friendship to all who offer the same. 'Friends are the Flowers of Life', a saying that reminds me that each and everyone of my friends come from different and distinct characteristics and personalities. They bring smiles and laughters when you are down and colour your life to the extent that you always look forward for something tomorrow. However, this is not a perfect world, some friends unlike others who are angels and teachers where we can learn something through our friendships with them, these so-called friends are the pain in the ass. They are the grouches friends who pull you down. They are the backstabbers, they are the separatists who would like to dominate certain of your friends away from you, they are simply the type of friends who one would categorise as ENEMY. But they are all still my friends.

To My Friends Who Are .. SINGLE
Love is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you just let it fly, it will come to you when you least expect it. Love can make you happy but often it hurts, but love's only special when you give it to someone who is really worth it. So take your time and choose the best.

To My Friends Who Are .. NOT SO SINGLE
Love isn't about becoming somebody else's 'perfect person.' It's about finding someone who helps you become the best person you can be.

To My Friends Who Are .. PLAYBOY/GIRL TYPE
Never say 'I love you' if you don't care. Never talk about feelings if they aren't there. Never touch a life if you mean to break a heart. Never look in the eye when all you do is lie. The cruelest thing a guy can do to a girl is to let her fall in love when he doesn't intend to catch her fall and it works both ways...

To My Friends Who Are .. MARRIED
Love is not about 'it's your fault', but 'I'm sorry.' Not 'where are you', but 'I'm right here.' Not 'how could you', but 'I understand.' Not 'I wish you were', but 'I'm thankful you are.'

To My Friends Who Are .. ENGAGED
The true measure of compatibility is not the years spent together but how
good you are for each other.

To My Friends Who Are .. HEARTBROKEN
Heartbreaks last as long as you want and cut as deep as you allow them to go. The challenge is not how to survive heartbreaks but to learn from them.

To My Friends Who Are .. NAIVE
How to be in love: Fall but don't stumble, be consistent but not too persistent, share and never be unfair, understand and try not to demand, and get hurt but never keep the pain.

To My Friends Who Are .. POSSESSIVE
It breaks your heart to see the one you love happy with someone else but it's more painful to know that the one you love is unhappy with you.

To My Friends Who Are .. AFRAID TO CONFESS
Love hurts when you break up with someone. It hurts even more when someone breaks up with you. But love hurts the most when the person you love has no idea how you feel.

To My Friends Who Are .. STILL HOLDING ON
A sad thing about life is when you meet someone and fall in love, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and that you have wasted years on someone who wasn't worth it. If he isn't worth it now he's not going to be worth it a year or 10 years from now. Let go .....

My wish for you is a man/women whose love is honest, strong, mature, never-changing, uplifting, protective, encouraging, rewarding and unselfish.