A Hazy Situation

Haze in KL

Haze in KL

This haze is killing me. Actually this haze is killing us all. The sad part is that the haze doesn’t even originate here in Malaysia but it gets blown over the sea from Indonesia where poor farmers have no choice but to burn their fields in order to clear/fertilise their land. I don’t blame them for choosing their survival over the environment but the sad fact is that our ecosystem is so tightly knit that Malaysia gets affected by something that’s happening hundreds of miles away.

I’ve been thinking about how to solve this problem a little and I’m thinking that instead of wasting resources watching over peaceful rallies like Bersih; our government should focus efforts on solving problems like THE HAZE!

Here’s what I think we can do! Malaysia isn’t a poor nation and if we really put our resources together I think it’d be an awesome thing for us to start up a programme that would enable Indonesian farmers to clear their land without having to burn their fields plus we could put money into an aid programme to help supply fertiliser too. If the Indonesian government can’t afford to do it; why not us? It sure beats monies going into pointless projects such as a mega tower and I think helping Indonesian farmers is a far better use of our tax dollars. I wonder how we can start something like that?

Anyways, it’s something to think about…

Advertisements

I Can’t Breathe

Gah! It’s been a couple of weeks now and my cough’s not getting any better and right now I can’t breathe properly as I write this post and I’ve got a verse.

I can’t breathe.
I can’t sleep.
I can’t think.
Not with you. Not with yoooooou.

This haze is killing me in more ways than one and the frustrating part is that I’ve not run since last week Tuesday; which bugs me a lot since I’ve gotta prep for my very first 16.8km run in end August.

Anyways, I’ve got a few remedies that I’m trying now since Western meds are not working. Here are some things you could try if you’re faced with a persistent cough like mine:

Belimbing Juice plus Honey with a Drop of Propolis

  1. Squeeze the juice out of 4 belimbing fruit
  2. Mix in some honey
  3. Top it up with water
  4. Add a drop of propolis for good measure
  5. Chug it all down slowly

That seemed to help me a lot at my buddy’s J-son. I’ve got a stash of belimbing fruit now and will give that a shot over the next few days.

Toasted Orange with Salt

  1. Um… this one is something that my mom recommends altho’ I personally don’t like the taste as much as the belimbing honey combo
  2. Basically what you do is slice the top of an orange
  3. Toast it for a bit in an oven toaster till its brown and you can smell an aroma.
  4. Then you EAT IT with salt as a dip!!!! Mua ha ha ha ha!

I’m also taking some traditional Chinese cough syrup which has been helpful somewhat. I don’t even know the name of the brand but here’s a pic of the packaging.

Traditional Cough Mixture is Nice

Traditional Cough Mixture is Nice

So there you go. Three remedies (including the traditional cough mixture) for the cough in you. Ta da! I think I’m going ke-ra-zee from this cough.

P.S. At the time of writing I was coughing badly but I’m better now. Those remedies must work!

Sleep

I wish I could sleep like Homer

I wish I could sleep like Homer

*Yawns*

On the average I get something like 5 to 6 hours of sleep a day but lately I’ve been very exhausted and I’ve been sleeping more which is both a good & bad thing. Good cos’ I get more sleep. Bad cos’ I’ve been missing out on running in the mornings.

What little I’ve read on sleep seems to suggest that I’m not getting enough with 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep being recommended for most people. How true is this? Hmm…

How much sleep does one really need any way? Aren’t our bodies all different? Is there such a thing as a required amount of sleep in order to be healthy? Even though I know the science I kinda suspect that science doesn’t have a 100% answer but I suppose there’d be many out there who beg to differ.

Anyways, I wanna run tomorrow so this is something I should sleep over plus I need to heal from this nasty cough before this weekend’s 10km race.

Good night ya’ll!

Congratulations Chee Seng & Sze Min!

I woke up this morning and felt that I should dedicate a post to my colleague Chee Seng & his lovely “new” wife Sze Min.

Sze Min & Chee Seng

Sze Min & Chee Seng

First of all, congratulations to the both of you. Last night’s Shanghai Glam thing was puh-retty cool especially with most of our colleagues getting all dressed up. 😉

To Chee Seng, I’ve been your colleague for the past 3 years and despite your youth, you are someone I’ve always been able to count on even when we have to whip up something last minute. You are mature beyond your years and your attention to detail & craftsmanship makes you one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Here’s to many more years of being colleagues in shaping & growing the vision that our bosses have set before us.

Sze Min, you are truly blessed to have Chee Seng in your life. Yeah, he isn’t perfect but he definitely has got the stuff it takes to be the man that you need and want him to be. I don’t know you as well but I do see enough to know that you draw people to yourself by just being you. Chee Seng needs all the support he can get and if he’s ever shared with you some of the things that we are dreaming up at work you’d know that we have a huge task ahead of us to do what we need to do. He needs you just as much as you need him. So yep.

Congratulations to the both of you and I pray blessings upon you both and many awesome good things to happen in the start of this new journey as husband & wife.

God bless!

The Great But Short June 2011 Singapore Adventure

In 3-and-a-half hours time I leave Singapore. This weekend has been a hit & run and I’m thankful I’ve made the most of it. I managed to pick up a few things too in The Great Singapore Sale which is on right now from 27 May till 24 July plus some other items that aren’t as easy to find back in good ol’ Kay-El.

  1. 2 Polo T’s from Cotton On for just SGD30
  2. 2 Converse T’s for SGD29.90 (one for me and one for my buddy)
  3. Geometry Wars Galaxies for just SGD10
  4. Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble for just SGD15
  5. Very hard to find imports of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Kick-Ass on Blu-Ray

And let’s not forget being able to see baby Shane as he was the main reason why this trip happened. Congratulations Gabriel & Grace, may you both have the wisdom & strength to raise him to be a man after God’s own heart just like David. We need more people like that in the world today. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the small yet big thanksgiving thing that you guys threw.

Baby Shane, Mommy & Daddy

Baby Shane, Mommy & Daddy

To top it all off I also got to take a peek of NUS and wow… NUS has got a really beautiful campus.The thanksgiving was held at Kent Ridge Guild House and the food was excellent. I must really tip my hat off to Singaporeans cos’ of the great effort they put to excellence. Mind you that the food was prepared by the folks on campus. Very cool.

On the way to Funan DigitaLife Mall I spotted something very interesting. Here are a few pix I snapped of some very cool evangelistic displays at St. Andrews in the heart of the city. Here’s hoping that these displays will speak of Jesus to people who pass by the church. It’s true that we will never know how the small & simple things can sometimes make a huge difference in a life; especially in the life of a stranger & passerby.

Connect, Connect, Connect

Connect, Connect, Connect

We Can Make a Difference

We Can Make a Difference

The Way

The Way

Kay-El, I shall see you soon.

Till next time.

The US of A

The Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave

The Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave

I’ve decided! After putting this off for years I am gonna be planning a trip to the States towards the end of the year. The tentative plan right now is this:

Fly with a stopover in London so I can see my cousin Wen Wei there for a bit (not sure if this is feasible but we’ll see)

  • Hit San Francisco and L.A. for a bit
  • Break off to Boston & NYC on the Eastern Seaboard
  • Maybe Disney World in Florida

I’m gonna need at least 2 to 3 weeks to cover all the above. Can I wing the time from work to be away for so long?

If any of you have any advice  on accommodation, travel & food in the US it’d be great to hear from you. I really don’t know how much to set aside and a friend of mine said I should set aside at least RM15k at minimum.

So from now till then it’s planning time and I’ve got a ton of research to do in order to make this happen.

Till next time, have an awesome week guys.