Archive for January, 2007

My Mom’s Home Cooked Dishes

January 31, 2007

My mom is a typical tradition Chinese woman. To me, she is highly capable in managing our home. Although she is not highly educated, she is able to do all the daily jobs in her own creative style. Routine, but not boring. She got good culinary skill by self learning on how to cook delicious food. Here, I would like to introduce my mom’s home cook dishes.

Dish 1: Braised Pork with Hardboiled Eggs, Mushrooms & Dried Sotong

Dish 2: Salted Fish, Clam & Vegetable Curry

Dish 3: Red Dates, Kei Chi Chicken Soup

Dish 4: Deep Fried Prawns, Slice Meat and Fillet

Dish 5: Cabbage & Carrot Stir Fry With Prawns

Dish 6: Luffa Stir Fry With Prawns & Egg


Is It Your Problem?

January 31, 2007

It’s so common for a human keeps on complaining or telling people that he or she facing a lot of problems, which are so annoying. Instead of thinking for solutions, they are wasting time. Sometimes, I think whether they are gossiping about other people’s problem, or really seeking for people’s opinion for their problem solutions.

Do you ever think that what is a problem to you? I give you some scenarios:

Scenario a)      Your neighbour quarrel in the late night, made you awake from sweet dream.

Scenario b)      Your husband doesn’t return home for 2 days, without informing you earlier.

Scenario c)      Your daughter refuses to go to school since yesterday.

Scenario d)     You are production manager. The goal for daily output is 50k units, but you just achieve 48k units averagely.

Are you clear about the scenarios above? Ok, next, identify which one is a problem to you, and which one is not. Done? Fine. I think you may already have reasons in your mind why it is or it isn’t your problem. Now let me tell you some guidelines how to determine whether it is a problem to you. Yes to all 3 criteria  = your problem, otherwise, it is not your problem. The criteria are:

Criteria 1)      There is a gap or deviation between the actual situation and the situation it should be.

Criteria 2)      The cause is unknown.

Criteria 3)      You need to know the root cause.

Now compare your answer with mine in the following matrix:


Criteria 1

Criteria 2

Criteria 3

Your Problem?


The normal condition is supposed to be quiet night, but that night is noisy, so  there’s a gap Fulfill.

The reason that leads to your neighbour’s quarreling is unknown. Fulfill.

You do not need to know the reason that leads to your neighbor’s quarreling. Not fulfill.



Normally, your husband returns home everyday, but now he is not. There is deviation. Fulfill.

You do not know why your husband not going home. Fulfill.

You definitely need to know the reasons behind.



Your daughter likes going to school, but now feel reluctant. There is a gap. Fulfill.

You do not know the reason she reacts abnormally. Fulfill.

You need to know the reasons behind.



There is a gap between your actual achievement and the goal. Fulfill.

The cause is unknown. Fulfill.

I’m sure you need to know the root cause (s).


I think by now you should be able to get the hints. So, as a wise person, look at the situation carefully. Figure out what it is that you are trying to solve. This will be your problem. The next step will be brainstorming to get the best solution.

I Hate To Be A Secondhand Smoker

January 30, 2007

I love to smell the cigarette smoke when I was a child. I used to go near those people who smoke and stay there quietly just to enjoy the smell. However, I cannot remember when was the first time I start to have response to cigarette smoke. I heard that anyone breathing secondhand smoke may experience runny nose, eye irritation, sneezing, headaches and coughing. Unfortunately, I have more severe problem. I developed “mental irritation” towards cigarette smoke, which will make me feel upset, anger, and even mad. I can even smell cigarette from a distance. I became really sensitive and allergy to it. It makes me sick!
NO Smoking

My dad was a smoker. He kept on telling people smoking made him feel so good, and relieved especially after taking his meal. I kept getting sick each time when he smoked until one day, I came across a “quit smoke” drops from a direct selling when I was in my secondary school. You know what did I do? I gave it to my dad as Father’s Day’s present and persuade him to try it out. At first, he felt reluctant to the product. But after I kept telling him on smoking risk and how he endangered his family’s lives by smoking in front of us, he took his first step. The stop smoking aid actually helped my dad to reduce and cease his cigarette consumption at a controlled pace. Gradually, my dad’s dependency to nicotine is reduced and he cut down on the number of cigarettes he smoked. He successfully quit smoking within 2 weeks’ time. Thank God! If not, I will have to suffer till now.I’m happy getting to know that up to date, eight countries have nation-wide laws in place that prohibit smoking in enclosed workplaces and public places, including bars and restaurants. They are Ireland , NorwayNew Zealand, Bhutan, Uruguay, Scotland, Singapore, Lithuania. In addition, legislation has been passed in 15  US States (including Washington DC), nine (of 13) Canadian provinces and territories, and seven (of eight) Australian states/territories.  Iceland and the rest of the UK  will implement laws during 2007. I wish that Malaysia will follow their steps soon.