Thursday, April 28, 2005

So, how did we meet?

This seems to be a very common question I get whenever I told someone about Anne. So, here's the story:

If you remember my previous date, albeit a short one, was with this girl who used to work in the same company. When I started to pursue her, she was shy. In one group lunch, she brought Lina as a companion. I brought Alpinesis. After a few more group dates, me and her became a couple. Then, Alpinesis fell in love with Lina. It was funny how things worked out since then. The girl and I broke up and Alpinesis and Lina were still going strong for the next 1.5 years.

Even though Alpinesis and Lina were going out, they have one small problem. Lina's mother objected their "union". She cited Alpinesis' height as the issue. Anyway, long story short, our love birds have been quietly going out together. No one in Lina's family know about this.. until 3 months ago when they told Lina's sisters about their secret relationship to get their support... and hopefully their mother's.

Then, one day, Alpinesis told me that he wanted to introduce girls to me. He said that they are Lina's sisters. Lina has two elder sister: Sandy (eldest) and Anne (2nd sister) . Ha ha hahahahaha .. Ok stop laughing please. It DOES sound like a "Canto serial" script, doesn't it? What to do? It's real. It's life. Normally I'd say "no need la.. so weird.." but sometimes, something inside me tell me what the heck.. it's not like I have a lot of things to do that weekend. So, we arranged for a karaoke-outing session and coffee after that. In a nutshell, that's how we first met.

I still remember when I first saw her.

We were waiting for her in her office in the building opposite The Beach, KL. We stopped opposite the road, somewhere at the side of Modesto. She was across the road, coming out of the building taking a brisk walk towards us. She's in white, sleeveless blouse. The fact that I could still remember what she wore on our first meeting showed that she must have left a big impression on me.

When I first saw her, it's like, wow.. that's a nice girl (not sure why Sandy didn't have that effect.. hahaha). I can almost hear some distant lightning flashed by or thunder clapping somewhere or some angels rejoicing. Ha ha ha. I know, I know it is absurd but the truth is that sometimes, when you meet someone for the first time, you know you like the person already. I am sure you have experience it before.

In the karaoke, we sang songs together and I found that we complemented each other pretty well. Of course after karaoke, I proposed a trip to Starbucks to, well talk. The Starbucks was full so we ended up in Coffee Bean instead. We talked a lot. She's a very pleasant woman and she makes me happy just talking to her. She can be pretty funny and when she laughs, one can't help but laugh with her.

So, Alpinesis and Lina arranged for another outing - a dinner and movie session. This time we really do get along very well and after that I asked her out on a few 1-1s. In one of the 1-1s, I told her how I feel, she said she feels the same way about me and voila... things move from there :) So who says there's no such thing as chemistry at first sight, eh, Mr Anti Ringgit?

Ha ha.. thinking back.. it's funny... because of me, Alpinesis knew Lina. Then, because of him, I get to know Anne, even though it was one and a half years later. And the timing's perfect. Anne has recently quit from an audit firm where she was a Senior Auditor and joined a petroleum company. If I were to know her any earlier, she wouldn't have the time to go out since she worked very late into the wee hours every day. So things are like falling into place like a bricks in a Tetris game.

And you know what? I have asked God for a girl like Anne and He has responded. This has, in turn, strengthen my faith and prompted the Double Journey. He truly works in a mysterious ways.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Teary Eyed

Today is the last day of work for a fellow colleague. She's quitting the company to start a new life in America. It was a teary occassion. She couldn't stop crying. Makes me think - you know, she's only 2 years in this company and she's already teary eyed? What about old fuck like me? Will I be teary eyed? Why are people crying like their mother died when leaving a company? Is it the because they missed the people they work with? Or is it the company? I would like to think that they missed the people and I should feel good that my team member miss the team here. Which means that we must have done something right to garner such honour.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Aching Bones

* I told myself that I should have a big heart and be helpful to my friends. After all, if your friend asked you for help, that means she/he thought highly of you - that you have value to her/him. If you are a nobody, your friend would not have asked for help.

And while I do pray for the strength not to complain and bitch about it, I am also human. So allow me to bitch in my blog, ok?

And Monica, if you are reading this, I'm just bitching. You know me.. I complain a lot but underneath it, I am still pure and sincere... :D

(I just need a topic to blog else my faithful readers will start bugging me)

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Yesterday, I helped Monica and her family move house. She stays in Taman Rampai and move to Saujana Damansara, almost 40 minutes drive apart. She wanted to move last year. She asked her friends for help. I said no because I . I told her that maybe she should employe some helper to help her move. They are not expensive and they are professionals AND strong. Why asked an old man like me who may get injured or break my bones? I bet it went to deaf ears.

She didn't move. My first thought was" OH NO! I can't say no if she asked the second time!" So, I started pressing her for a date... so I can plan to escape the country. Ha.. but she's smart. She told me she's going Bali last week for holidays. No one is crazy enough to move right after the holidays, right? Well, no one except Monica. She's nuts!!!! She move the day she came back from Bali. I was caught. There's no way I could escape this. So I have no choice but to start pumping irons the night before. I said I hope you don't have very heavy stuff and she said no. Asked me to be there at 9am.

The truck, driven by Monica's future father in law, came around 10.30am and we started to move things. Who's the helper? Me, Michael (her fiance), Michael's brother and father. What did we move? Oh very light things like 2 beds, 2 wardrobes, frigde, washing machine, huge plants, dressing table, dining table, sofas, 2 TVs, lots of boxes of who knows what, a dead and smelly fish, bags of clothes, old PC and monitor, etc. What turned out to be a one truck trip became 3 trips. Total time spent? 7 hours.

To give you a gauge, when I moved last year, we took ONE hour.

Monica said during the move.. "I think this is the hardest work ringgit has done in his life."

You got that right babe!

And where's my expensive dinner???
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Waiter Rant

Every once in a while I stumbled upon the a really funny blog. A blog that kept me glued to the PC and kept me laughing out loud. My family thought I was nuts laughing by myself in my room. Waiter Rant is one such blog. It's written by a New York Bistro waiter on some of the most funny customer-moments. If you are bored, depressed and need some cheering up, I highly recommend this blog.

And oh, btw, according to him, waiter in the USA don't earn a salary and they depend entirely on tips. So, kimmikanuyi, you know what to do lar in your next trip.. LOL!

Mimi

My ex-diva, MC, has released a new album called Emancipation of Mimi. AR said it is good. Not sure about his taste these days. I was surprised when Anne said she has heard MC's new single "We Belong Together" over the radio. I am a huge fan and I didn't even know there's a new album and here, she had heard the song before. Fuh. Don't pray pray.

Try it if you dare.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Double Journey...

There are two things that are happening in parallel in my life today.

The first one is something I have mentioned a few times in my blog. I am seeking God. I am also seeking a religion to fulfill my spiritual need. I believe that every one of us have certain "life sustaining" needs to fulfill and one of them, believe it or not, is spiritual need. I've been thinking about this for a long, long time and the trip to Egypt had strengthened this belief. I think kimmikanuyi knows what I am talking about, in reference to Egypt. The fact that we were in a region and country where Christianity and Islam started; the fact that the whole country and region built monuments in worship and praise of God, is something that had to be felt by being there. Even the Ancient Egyptians worship one sort of god or another, a proof that spiritual fulfillment is essential to one's life. This feeling is particularly strong in Cairo and especially during Ramahdan where one can see people reading the scriptures at any time of the day in worship. No words can easily describe the feeling. Perhaps Miss Peace or Anti Ringgit felt it to. Perhaps not, since they have never discussed about this before.

The second thing that is happening to my life, in parallel to the above, is that I have finally found Anne and that we have been dating for almost a month. It's funny how we met and the story itself will be a topic for another blog. I'm quite sure it is fated and that it is also His will for I have prayed for her and before I know it, there she is, in person, and she turned out to be a good match for me, so much so that I think I have finally found my rib! (I hope). Speed dial #2 is now occupied :) Now, all is not rosy of course because my lady friend here is a staunch believer of Japanese Buddhism and I was just saying that I am seeking God. Perhaps another test? We have talked about this, of course, and we are both ok. Here's hoping that there will not be any issue at all in this area. Sigh. I'm a pessimist and history has proven that such thing is a stumbling block in my relationship. But the optimist and hopeful in me is keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers.

Wish me all the best in both my Life Journeys :)
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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Religion

I have always known that there is a negative correlation between religion and my relationship with potential ladies. The first two girls that I pursued said no because I am not of the same faith. So my question is, is it *really* religion or is that just an excuse or a polite way to say no? Does religion really matters in a relationship? Are people *that* staunch and narrow minded as not to be open to accepting a person of a differing faith (or no faith)? Loochoomus is not a Christian but his wife is. So what does that say? To my blog readers who are of Christian faith (or any other faith, eg Buddhism, Muslim, etc) , please give your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks :)

One of my principles in life is that I will not convert to a particular faith because of a girl. I mean, it is doing it for all the wrong reasons and I will never be able to bring myself to stoop so low. What is the use of saying that you will accept her religion but deep in your heart you know you are doing it because you want to woo her? It's so fake and insincere. Matters of faith are important to me and I do not fool around with it.

Since we are in this topic, I will tell you something I learned from Egypt. From my conversation with Mido, it seemed that things were different in Egypt than in Malaysia. There, a Muslim man could marry a Christian woman (or any other religion) without the woman converting to Islam. The only condition is that their children had to follow the father's faith. This is new to me because in Malaysia, the only way a Muslim man can marry non-Muslim is if the woman convert to Islam.

However, the same is not true for a woman in Egypt. A Muslim woman must marry a Muslim man. Chauvinistic? Very much... ha ha ha. Miloflamingo talked about it here and here.
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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Holy Rosary Church

This morning I did something out of the blue - I went to a church. I woke up around 7 and decided to visit Alpinesis' Catholic church in Jalan Brickfields. I was taken aback by the church. I don't think there are many churches in Malaysia that has stained glass. This one does and it was breathtaking. The sermon wasn't as good because the priest was too soft and I couldn't catch a word he said. I like the worship, the readings and the singing though.

It's also interesting to see how Catholics worship God. I think this is also the first Catholic church that I have ever attended on a Sunday (I mean, SFX is the first but that's because it was on a special occassion, eg Easter mass). Hmm...

(This is also the morning where we heard that the Pope, John Paul II, has passed away). Perhaps I feel compelled to go to a Catholic church to pay my respect, I don't know...

Saturday, April 02, 2005

1st Day of April

A couple of years ago, on April Fools Day, I have been tricked. I remember coming into the office and before I could put my stuff down, Bonnie and SG started screaming, "Ringgit, what have you done? You accidentally sent a note to everyone - something that is confidential and personal." I am like, oh no.. what have I done? So even though I pretended to be cool and booted my Thinkpad, I am like thinking really fast. What note did I sent that is so drastic?

It turned out that I have been a fool. Ignoramus! So gullible to fall for this.

This year, SG is in India. So Bonnie has no friends to play trick on me. Ha ha ha. But they reminded me that I was tricked. LOL! Memories. SG suggested (via instant messaging) to trick Mr Hog but Bonnie said there's no point fooling hog. He's so blur, you can fool him any hour at any day. No need to wait till April Fool. We had a good laugh!

In the evening, I went to KLCC with Guderain and mystic_grey. We saw John Travolta and Uma Thurman's Be Cool. Kinda ok type of light comedy. If you are bored, you could watch this show.

The April Fool's Day ended with a bang.

Happy April Fool Day everybody. Be good.

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