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happy “sheep” year

Posted by: amanda on: February 20, 2015

What prompted me to write this blog now is because of my cousin:

Time goes up so quickly. My last post was almost 7-8 months ago. That is crazy. I still remember back in the days when I spend a lot of time on this blog. Life must have changed. Priority changes all the time.

I think 2015 will be a big year for me. First — I’m turning 40 :-( It didn’t bother me as much as I thought. Secondly, the financial goal my husband and I set out to achieve is almost on target by end of this year. Mind you we wanted to achieve that same goal by 30 — 10 years late. Better than never I suppose. Thirdly, we sold our old house and bought a new house. It was very stressful. I’m so glad everything is all set. Lastly our little growing family is going to have another new member. No no no — it is not me :-) My sister in law is pregnant and is due in 4.5 months.

The dinner on the “30th” was amazing. I’m so glad we didn’t go to restaurant this year. Having the dinner at home is totally worth it even it means there will be a lot of cleaning after. We had a steamboat dinner — this is not new, what’s new is the dinner took place in my quiet new house. I had complained the new house is too quiet especially when the kids are over at my parents’ house. That happened way too much. Guess they must be so used to sleeping in their house. I started baking in preparing for the celebration. The house smell so good, even now. Guess all the good things must be come with a few bad things.

Most importantly, everyone was there — including my husband. I was not happy when he told me he wasn’t coming back for CNY in the last minute — turns out that he wanted to give us a surprise. I guess it wasn’t really a surprise — he arrived home just in time for the dinner thanks to the heavy traffic. I know this sounds a little crazy, but I “felt” he was coming home. I don’t have any extra ordinary power to sense things but I called him on that morning and couldn’t get a hold of him. When he called back, he sounded he was at the airport. Airport sound!

How about kids? They love new year. They get to collect ang pow from all the relatives. I especially love their morning greeting. The 4 words greeting was amazing. I don’t know how they could remember so many nice 4 words greetings. My parents loved them. I love them too. With 3 kids on the same bed with us, it was difficult to sleep at night is an understatement. I opted out to sleep in Nee’s room instead tonight.

What else …. ya, I went to my grandma’s house yesterday to visit the relatives there. I met most of my cousins. Aik told me my website is going to expire and I told him I don’t want to blog again. Let it expires. He then transferred my website to a different place. I thought this would be the last time I post anything on this website. The new website is https://amandapenang.wordpress.com/.

Yes, it is https://amandapenang.wordpress.com/

I don’t know I will post anything as frequent as I used to be. I definitely will post something from time to time when I feel like it.

What’s the plan tomorrow? The morning is likely going to be staying around the house packing the luggage. Oh ya, we’re going to bangkok saturday. Haha. Tomorrow night we’re going to have a dinner with husband’s friends. I imagine the dinner will likely be ended with a karaoke night. Oh gosh, I haven’t been to a karaoke for a long time. When I was little, I never understand the significance of chinese new year. Growing up (old) now, I truly enjoy the time spending with family and friends. Nothing in this world is more important than family and friends. A house with family is called a home. A home with no one around is not a home; it is a house.

Happy new year to you all, if anyone still read my website :-)

which laptop to get?

Posted by: amanda on: May 9, 2014

My laptop died last night while copying my files. It only lasted 2.5 years. I wish I save the files before. I lost many files. The only good thing coming out of this is I will need a new laptop soon.

The next question is which laptop to get?

I want something light. Not big. Sit comfortably on the lap. Not too hot. Not too loud. Not apple. Good quality.

homicide rate by countries

Posted by: amanda on: April 11, 2014

Ya, if you prefer not to be killed in your life time, you got to move to Singapore. If you feel Malaysia is unsafe, one should move to Indonesia. Its homicide rate is 1/4 of Malaysia.

https://www.unodc.org/gsh/en/data.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/world/asia/missing-jet-exposes-a-dysfunctional-malaysian-elite.html?hp

unfortunate event – MH370

Posted by: amanda on: March 13, 2014

This is an unfortunate event. No one would have predicted. I feel sad and sorry for the people who lost their loved ones. This could have easily happened to him especially when he travel so often. That is not the point about this blog. I just want to express my disappointments over how the handling of the event by the authorities.

From what I read on the news and TV, the Malaysian authorities failed to provide all the information they have that would help to rescue or recover the plane and the people on board. What’s worse is they provided wrong or contradictory information.

I have a few theories:

1) Incompetent leaders — couldn’t get the accurate information from the military and other parties who may have information regarding the plane.

2) Have something to hide — the authorities have something to hide, either something really embarrassing for the world to learn or something unlawful done behind the scene which might be uncovered if more information about the missing plane is revealed to the world.

3) incompetent to handle crisis — the authorities are used to have total control of media. They choose to release what and when and the media would never question the validity of the information. They are trying to use the same way to handle this international crisis, they failed miserably.

Having said that, everyone made mistakes. We learn from our mistakes and make necessary changes not to repeat them again. I truly hope the authority could learn from the mistakes. Please do not sweep this under the carpet so to speak as they normally do.

I’m ashamed.

all the goodies and bad ones must come to end

Posted by: amanda on: November 19, 2013

I just re-read the first few blog posts on this site. I can’t believe that was so many years ago. All good and bad things must come to end. I don’t have the time to keep posting on this website. This is likely my last blog post. Looking back, I’ve grown up a lot in the last 4.5 years. Our lives will never be perfect but at least we’re working on it.

school holiday

Posted by: amanda on: November 18, 2013

Yes, school holiday again. The plan? Homework. Yes, this week is going to be homework week. I would like them to finish at least 70-80% of the homework before our vacation. I told them the sooner they finish the homework, the earlier we could start our trip. That itself is a good motivation :-)

宁夏

Posted by: amanda on: November 10, 2013

good progress

Posted by: amanda on: October 7, 2013

The little girl whom I’ve sponsored for the last 4 years have finally admitted to university. I’m so proud of her for working so hard under that difficult situation. For those who is capable, please lend your helping hand. It might change someone’s life completely.

郭靜 我不想忘記你

Posted by: amanda on: October 7, 2013

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