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Sacrifice

I'm resting now, after 3 hours of sweeping, mopping and installing the
baby cot. Sen and mother are coming back to BU. We are very excited
about this because it will be us, our small family, on our own now. No
in laws or parents about.

Everytime I do things for sen, be it installing a cot or cleaning the
room for her or rocking her to sleep for 2 hours in the wee hours of
the morning or changing her dirty diapers, I can't help but think that
I'm not alone in this. All fathers would do the same. And I think that
my father must have done the same for me. When I was cleaning every inch of the newly installed cot, rubbing
each rung meticulously with Dettol to kill germs (it's a hands me down
cot, btw), I was damn sure that my father would have gone through the
same ordeal for me. As I was checking my bills and shaking my head over how expensive that
jab was (it was rm270 for a jab and there's more to come!) or how much
it has cost us thus far (just that 2 nights in the hospital giv…

Screenshot to the Top Ten Album

iTunes Top 10 Albums dated 27 June 2009

TOP TEN ALBUMS

Wow. I went to iTunes Top 10 album today and 9 out of 10 are MJ's
album. Black Eye Pea's The End occupied number 10. That means people
were buying MJ albums non stop!!!
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Sent from iPhone

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

7 early 8 early I received an SMS from anti-Ringgit. It said "Michael Jackson died at 50. Cardiac arrest." I stopped and reread the SMS. Unbelievable. MJ. The King of Pop. Dead. At 50, such a young age! Why is it that people are dying young these days?

Later, when I read the NY Times website about this story, I found out that he is planning 50 comeback concerts in London. They were all sold out, btw. The first one is supposed to start July 8th but he postponed it to July 12th. At that time, there were concerns of his health - turned out to be true! I wonder if he pushed himself too hard during rehearsal or preparation for the concert. After all, he's well known to be a person who wants perfection on stage.

He was a great showmanship. I am glad I went to his concert in Stadium Merdeka. I still remember that it was expensive - but it was also an MJ concert.. and I just had to go. I went with AR and Julian. It totally blew me away! We joined the crowd in screaming his name li…

Can't imagine...

After using the iPhone for 2 months, I can't imagine myself using any other phone.. and can't comprehend why people don't want to use an iPhone. It's like I am from Mars and they are from Venus or something like that. If you have not played with the iPhone, now is the time.

Edit: based on WSL's comment, I thought I should enlighten my reader on what I mean:
The iPhone strength is in two areas:

1. Internet browsing and capabilities - eg blogging, email, surfing
2. Applications! With over 50,000 applications, it's just mind blowing. Don't believe me - watch all the videos here. They have an application just for anything!
http://www.apple.com/iphone/gallery/ads/

Holding Hands

This evening, little sen went to her grandma's house for dinner. She
met her cousin brother who is three weeks older. We put them together
for some photo sessions and look, they are holding hands! Awwwwwwww...

Ta Fei Kei

I told you about Fei Kei Chai, my mother-in-law's term for mosquitoes. It sounds endearing until one day when I announced out loud that I will "ta fei kei chai". In Canto it means, beat mosquitoes but the perverted mind will read it as "beat aeroplane" which is a slang for masturbate. Gosh!

R.I.P. David Eddings

One of my favourite authors, Michael Crichton passed away some time late last year (or was it early this year?) Today, I read news that another author, David Eddings, passed away at the age of 77. Mr Eddings wrote the Belgariad series - I still remember that it was my friend Siham who introduced me to this series. Have been hooked to it ever since and even managed to influence ZipD to read.

Random rambling

Due to King's birthday on Saturday, I'm on replacement leave on
Monday. The morning was spent at the in-laws, spending quality time
with the wife and baby. Afternoon, I came back home. I need to get the
house sweep and mop. Have not been doing that for the past four weeks!
Ewwwwww! I know.I'm now taking a break from the chores. Drinking a cold drink and
wanted to pen down a couple of thoughts.First one is about house. Last month I had a visitor from America. He
made two observations that was interesting to me. He said that houses
in US has centralized a/c and heater. That means even if you are in
the living room, your bedroom, toilet, kitchen are all cooled by the a/
c. He thinks it's a waste of energy and money but that is how houses
are designed in the States. These are rules by the government. My
friend said that the expense is therefore very high and that's how it
is in the States. You may earn a lot but you spent a lot. That's what
makes the ec…

Birthdays!

Tomorrow is Anne's birthday and one day before little sen's turned one month. So, it's kinda double celebration. What should I get for them? PANIC alert!

Geram

So this was what happened yesterday. Laila and Mohammad (not their real names) are two of my staff. Laila is a junior staff. Mohammad is senior. Mohammad is the jaded, experienced, I know best, I don't listen, I am above you - type of person. Maybe it is due to age. Anyway, he has some problems - everyone knows it. All the other managers who manages him gave up.

But I did not. I try not to. Everyone has a chance and everyone has good intentions. And Mohammad does have good intentions. His customers loves him. He gets things done. He's self driven, aggressive.. his problems is just in people relationship.

Recently, there was a bout of complains about Mohammad from the team and from people in the company. In a spirit of improving him, I fed back to him.

As per his usual self, he was self defensive. He asked me for some examples and I gave him. With Mohammad, if you try to be tactful and generalize, he doesn't get it. It's difficult to penetrate to him because he refused to …