October 31, 2008

I was a Happy Baby

Let me introduce you to one of my favourite Yoga poses. It is called the Happy Baby pose.

This pose helps to release the lower back and stretch your hamstring muscles. But I plain like it because it's fun. And you'll see why soon enough. This is how you come to be a Happy Baby:

1. Lie on the back.
2. Bend the knees into the chest.
3. Open the knees, bringing them towards the armpits.
4. Stack each ankle directly over the knee, so that the shins are perpendicular to the floor.
5. Flex the feet.
6. Hold the outer edges of the feet at you draw the knees towards the floor.

An extra move that you could do is while holding the pose, rock from side to side slowly. It's like being in a swing. And this is why it's fun!

As you can see, there is nothing mantra-ish about it.

NOTE: Picture and instructions taken from Yoga About.

October 30, 2008

The Heart Is Merry

Haven't done this in a long while... Blogging more than once in one day... :-)

CapalPerak: Blogging gives me no pleasure anymore...
Jade: Why?
CapalPerak: Because I am happy. I do not have anything to grumble about.
Jade: ... (tersenyum simpul) <-- perasan la tuh!

WARNING: The following might be distasteful for some. You have been forewarned.

Anyway, another topic that I wanted to talk about was about fashion. Who actually dictates which hair style is no longer in and what colour you should not wear or why you should not use scrunchies anymore?

Even in fashion world we practice double standards when it comes to men and women. For the past one week FLY FM DJs have been talking about armpit hair. Well, the fact that women should not have it because it's not hygienic and unsightly. The same does not apply to man because it makes man look manly. Hmm... I found myself unable to go on to discuss the radio discussion because I feel icky. Ha ha ha...

Watching MTV or E! on Astro actually needs strong will power and self acceptance. They will have a list of the things you should not be wearing because it is outdated or show the extra-vagant lives of celebrities and super rich people. While a lot of us take this as an entertainment, some younglings would accept it as the standards that are accepted.

The point I'm trying to make here is that, in this day and time, our children need to be taught differently on fending themselves to the cruel world. While our lives were so simple and full of fun in the 70s or 80s despite the peer pressure, children these days have bigger challenges to face. Some of which are more harmful than the carrot cut jeans.

Not only they have to face social challenges, they also have to be strong against spritual onslaughts. Too many deviations and selfish standards being set. Our offsprings need to understand the values and learn to appreciate them.

But one question remains, if our kids need to understand and appreciate them, have we ourselves begin to understand and appreciate the same?

I Do Yoga

This is a sore subject starting today. Suddenly the Fatwa Council decides that Yoga could deviate Muslims. Can I just point out that while I'm sweating myself in the gym doing Yoga, I can hear ocean waves and the sound of water flowing and the slow and mellow melody?

I'm starting to wonder what exactly the people in the council is doing. Do they perform any extensive research before they decide on something? Or are they just passing judgment based on hearsay?

But before I go ranting about this, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt. Probably what the Yoga practice that they are referring to is the one which is accompanied by certain chants or mantra. The Yoga that is being practiced in the gyms are not the target here. If that's the case, then, I support their view.

Prior to the Yoga issue, they came out with a Fatwa against women dressing and behaving like men. The reason behind this is to discourage homosexuality. While I agree to that, where is the Fatwa against men dressing and behaving like women? Is this not a social situation that we are facing too?

With that, I shall stop here. There was another topic that I wanted to blog about, but shall have to wait for later now. Today is Thursday, and I believe I have a Yoga class later this evening... Hmm...

October 22, 2008

Datuk Jade, everyone!

"Owhh.. because he/she receives many international awards..."

"Making Malaysia well-known to the world..."

"Making Malaysia proud"

"The example of true Malaysia-Boleh spirit!"

"It's an accomplishment when you're being the leading lady/man in one of the most popular movie franchise in the world!"

"Because he/she advertise this so and so location... bringing more tourist in!"

So, we have heard a lot of reasons why certain so-and-so is awarded the "Datuk" title. This post might be a little out-dated with regards to the subject, but what the heck, eh? I wanted to post something when the news came out, but was too lazy to go on the net that day...

Anyway, what is the basis of this title actually?

I personally feel that people who are selfless are the ones who really deserves the title. Imagine the numbers of our soldiers who every now and then risking their lives to maintain peace. But we never hear a certain Ali or Muthu or Chong being given the title because he spent half a year in Bosnia or Timor Timor. Haih. I don't see any point why Shah Rukh Khan should get the title. He's done nothing for the country, for our people. He just strut himself around Malacca town singing and swaying. Malacca was just a background. No promotion whatsoever.

What about in the past? The title was given to Michelle Yeoh, Siti Nurhaliza, Sharifah Aini, and who else? I'm not saying that these people did nothing to contribute, but hey, I bet when Michelle Yeoh accepted the Bond girl part she never thought about how this will impact Malaysia. Besides, having all these artistes performing overseas have not exactly change the view of foreigners about Malaysia. A lot of them still do not know where Malaysia is. Some of them still think we're living in trees. So, where's the impact actually? What value have they given to people and country?

I have nothing against artistes and performers receiving award. Hey, if you deserve it, you should. I'm talking about these tradition giving out Datukship title as freely as these people can. Isn't there some kind of guidelines to be followed before someone is nominated to receive the award? If I'm not mistaken, these titles come with some kind of monetary gain as well, right? So, are these monies being spent wisely, considering? How do this help the people?

I'm sure this "tradition" will continue on. More people will get the title just because. Some will be the ones who actually deserve it. Some would just enjoy it for no reason at all.

Shah Rukh Khan was not thinking of helping Malacca when he decided to shoot the scene there. Just so happen the location suited his purposes at that time.

So, go figure lah.

ps: Oi! I am spending my time to ensure the country will be better equipped to help the nation. Don't I deserve a Datukship as well?

October 19, 2008

Being Hollywod

I don't really keep tabs on what's going on with famous actors and actresses. I would only know what's going on if I read the headlines or get some insider scoops from well... insiders. Ha ha ha... And everytime I listen to the stories, I always laugh it away. I mean, it's their life right? Does not effect me in any way.

But when I heard over the news that world's famous material girl and hubbs had finalise their divorce, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. Ha ha ha... I seriously don't know why. Maybe because they are amongst the famous and seem to be strong. But then again, when it comes to Hollywood, expect the unexpected eh? Honestly, I'm kinda waiting for the Becks to split up! Muahahaha...

Anyway, relationships. What more to say about them? There are ups and downs. No one couple is spared from the turbulance. Every couple will experience it. The difference will be the magnitude and how they react towards it.Sometimes a little thing can turn into a huge nothing and causes a lot more pain than a big thing that is handled wisely. It's a choice that we make that birth the difference.

So, let's not be all Hollywood in our relationships, eh? Every one wants to be rich. Or famous. or both. But, the fact is, rich famous people do not have everything. Because God is fair, He gives some, He holds back some. And all these are because the choices that we make.

A casual talk with a customer resulted with me pondering these words: Nak kaya atau nak berjasa? (get rich or do good deeds?) - Couldn't we be both? Well, that's another story... :-)

October 17, 2008

Erk! Tagged!

Very, very long.... courtesty of n|ns...

1. When is the last time you ran? One week before Eid.
2. Do your jeans have rips, tears and holes in them? Tear at the hems...
3. What are you dreading right now? Nothing. Everything's peachy!
4. Do you celebrate 4/20? Apa tu? Seriously.
5. When is the last time you saw your significant other? Lunch on Wednesday... :-(
6. Do you get the full eight hours of sleep every night? Almost every night.
7. What is your favourite current song? Lucky by Jason Mraz & Colby Callait. Can't get it off my head...
8. If anyone came to your house on your lazy days, what would you do? Ask them to join me with my teh tarik and lazying...
9. Who last grabbed your ass? Huh? Me, I suppose... :-p
10. Have you ever been in your school’s band? Nope. I danced though. To the horror of my then boyfriend. Budus.
11. Do you own a pair of Converse? No.
12. Did you copy and paste this survey? Definitely! Then overwrite everything n|ns wrote... Hehe...
13. Do you eat raw cookie dough? Yes. Bread pudding mixture too! Also Milo powder.
14. Have you ever kicked a vending machine? Hmm... I don't believe I ever did.
15. Do you hate it when a radio ruins a song by playing a slow one after it? Nope.
16. Do you watch Trading Places? Again, nope.
17. Have you ever stayed on line a long time waiting for someone? I hate to repeat myself. But, nope.
18. Are you ‘cocky’? At times.
19. Could you live without a computer? Sure! Like n|ns, I need books though.
20. Do you wear your shoes in the house? No.
21. At what age did you find out Santa was not real? Repeating myself again, like n|ns; sejak azali. I only find out about this Santa concept when I started to understanding what is being said in the TV.
22. How many phones, house phones and cell phones are there in your home? 4 cell phones.
23. What do you do when you are sad? Maybe n|ns and I have more things in common than we thought! Keep to myself and be thoughtful. Take a walk. Cry maybe. Talk.
24. Who would you call first if you won the lottery? Tak baik woooo main lottery...
25. Last time you saw your best friend? This morning, when we're leaving for work.
26. Who, or What sleeps with you? Mr. Hippo and lots of pillows.
27. Are you still in High School? I could pretend...
28. Is anyone on your bad side now? Hmm...
29. What jewelery are you wearing now? None.
30. What is the first thing that you do when you get on line? Gmail. Yahoo!Mail. Facebook.
31. Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy? Yes.
32. Would you ever wear a boy/girlfriends clothes? T-shirt, yes.
33. Where do you work? KL.
34. What are you doing on Friday? It's still a work-day, so.
35. Is Justin Timberlake becoming the next Michael Jackson? Nahhh…! Who could beat Michael Jackson? <-- agreeing with n|ns.
36. Favourite name for a girl? Mia.
37. Favourite name for a boy? Adam.
38. Will you keep your own name when you get married? How else will you remember your roots?
39. When is the last time you left your house? This morning to work. <--same la
40. Do you return your cart (I assume trolley)? Yes.
41. Do you have a dishwasher? No.
42. What noise do you hear? air-cond, server...

I tag dakwanie, skyangel, sandalsilver.

October 14, 2008

Short one

To my friends who hinted many many (many many many many) times for an open house, I apologise for not being able to arrange one. There are some constraints at this point of time. Having said that, the door is always open for visitors. ;-)

Good things are happening to moi, and even if there are some hiccups now and then, I am positive that it can be smoothen out. Now I sound like a politician. Ha ha ha...

October 9, 2008

Tiny Ones

I am told to update my blog.

But I have no story to blab about. For now.

Have to rush to implement the system to remote sites.

Although I'm still at the central site.

Decentralised centralised system. If you get my meaning.

And the helping hands who need to be at the remote sites, are as helpful as they can be. Asyik buat citer sedih nak balik awal. Tensen makcik!

Other than that, I am already late for my session today.



October 3, 2008

Kerana Itu Aku Sayang Kamu

Kamu tidak pernah berjanji
Kata manis jauh sekali
Tiada ungkapan
menanam tebu di pinggir bibir

Kerana itu aku sayang kamu

Kamu tidak pernah menebar mimpi
Tiada awan atau pelangi
Yang lagak menghiasi
setiap kata-kata atau aksi

Kerana itu aku sayang kamu

Setiap langkah kita bersama
Kau ingatkan aku agar tidak leka
Tidak terbuai oleh minda
Masih berpijak di bumi nyata

Kerana itu aku sayang kamu

Setiap bicara dikongsi berdua
Kita titipkan angan dan cita
Namun mereka semua adalah
Apa yang kita ingin bina

Kerana itu akan aku tunggu
Kerana itu aku sayang kamu

jade - oct08