Jun 30, 2011

I'm A Woman In Love

Listening to songs is a must-do for me everyday when driving to and back from work. It happened that this evening the local radio station I listened to played this beautiful number "Woman In Love" by Barbara Streisand. It's an oldie but listening to it was so refreshing after a slogging day. I was immersed in the beautiful lyrics. I was lost in my dreams of how great love is! I imagined the peak of happiness one gets  when madly in love. Everything is so beautiful and nothing else matters. Love can also defy all barriers. One is willing to sacrifice anything in the name of love. How strong the power of love is!

Let me define love :

Love at its peak is sweet as honey,
That it is seen everywhere,
Among the trees, the wind and the sky,
But when something goes wrong somewhere,
It makes a U-turn and becomes sour,
Even more sour than vinegar,
Till no love bird could withstand it,
Pretty soon it gets over fermented,
And all dreams turn to trash!

I might not be the woman in love but it doesn't stop me from loving this song and singing along. C'mon, let's karaoke!

Jun 28, 2011

Poem - An Attempt

Whisking the gloominess away,
Putting afar from a heart swollen,
Bearing the pain till it subsides,
But a moon distant.......slowly,
Grasping rays that lead to hope,
A life's quantum leap.

What comes to mind,
 June 28th '11
Tuesday evening

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Jun 27, 2011


We can't change the wind but we can change the sails.
                      - Chinese Proverb

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Jun 25, 2011

Haiku - The Moon

The soul relaxes,
As the night breeze brushes by,
Above, the moon smiles.

The moonlight flickers,
Among groups of passing clouds,
My heart skips a beat.

Full moon in command,
Howling wolves have retreated,
A night beautiful.

June 25th '11
Saturday evening

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Jun 23, 2011

Haiku - A Deed

The smile on your face
is so sweet that it beats the 
heat of midday sun.

A thought,
June 23rd '11

Jun 21, 2011

Penang, Here I Come!

After a 3-day-stay in Malacca, my next trip was to Penang, an island which was once known as "Pearl Of The Orient". This small island is to the north of Peninsular Malaysia. Apart from Malacca, Penang's George Town was also officially recognised as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.
We visited some interesting places such as The Chocolate Boutique, Coffee Tree shop, the old mosque, recreational ground, shopping complexes, to name a few but unfortunately, I wasn't able to take many photos because my camera's battery was dead!

  The Chocolate Boutique - the name sounds yummy!
All sorts of chocolates are sold in this building
I couldn't resist buying a few types of chocolates from
The Chocolate Boutique.
The interior of Summit Hotel, Seberang Prai
(part of Penang on the mainland.)
To enable us to visit our nephew in Kulim, we stayed here.

Pulau Pinang (Penang island) bridge - the longest bridge
in Malaysia. It links the island to the mainland. Took this
photo on the flight back to KLIA.

We had planned to go to another island, Langkawi, but cancelled it due to some constraints. It would have been a great trip going there because Langkawi is a duty free island.

Jun 20, 2011

Traditional Houses

On the second day of our trip to Malacca, we were enjoying ourselves sightseeing in the beautifully decorated bicycle rickshaws. The owners brought us to most of the tourist spots. One is traditional houses in Kampung Morten (Morten Village). We were brought to a penghulu's (headman) house.  It is one of the best traditional houses that I have ever seen. The house displays the beautiful living room, dining room, bedroom, decorated dais for a wedding ceremony and some antiques that are as old as 200 years!

A Malay traditional house. The stairs are made of concrete.

The interior of the house.

The beautiful bed.

A 200-year-old gong (in the middle.)
The bedroom on the wedding day.

Some of the antiques displayed.

Another Malay traditional house.

Baba and Nyonya's house.

It has been a very enjoyable trip and I am looking forward to travelling there again.

Jun 16, 2011

Would you....

In times, I struggle and need help,
Would you let my heart feels
the warmth of your hands,
That offer assistance and generate
a satisfaction for my well-being?

Would you listen to the ticks of the clock
That as time goes by, I'm fine and my soul
isn't deprived of the needs to stay alive,
Would you spare a minute to let good words
flood my mind, nurturing it and chasing bad ones out?

Would you care to see that I'm not drown
in the bitterness which is toxic and will
kill me slowly, a silent killer that I'm unwary of,
Won't it be painful for you to see me grasping
for dear life when the time comes for me to leave?

Why can't you see, understand and feel
What I am feeling and if the bitterness
is sweetness for you, how unfair is
the antonym that ruins one and spares another.

Letting the pen speaks,
June 16th '11

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Jun 15, 2011

World Heritage City

Was on a short break and recently visited a few cities in Peninsular Malaysia. The first destination was Malacca, the World Heritage City. Going to this city will make anyone think of its renowned history which was once controlled by Portugal, Netherlands and Britain.

A must visit site is A Famosa, a Portuguese fortress which means "The Famous" in Portuguese. The fortress was built in 1511. The only remaining part is Porta de Santiago, a small gate house.

Porta de Santiago

On a hill behind the A Famosa is St Francis Xavier Church. There are some gravestones in it. It was built in 1849.

Part of the church seen from the bottom of the hill.

Another historical site is the red buildings, The Stadhuys, reflecting Dutch architecture and built in 1650 as a residence to Dutch Governor and his deputy. Originally, it was painted white. Now, it is the Museum of History and Ethnology.

A tourist attraction, the beautifully decorated bicycle rickshaw in front of The Stadhuys. My mom was sitting in it.

It won't be complete without including the British architecture. This beautiful building is now a Memorial Museum.

Another tourist attraction is the Maritime Museum. I took this picture from Taming Sari Tower at a height of 280 feet.

                          This is part of what was written on a slate at the museum's entrance.

Maritime Museum

This museum is the model of a Portuguese Galleon reminds us of the ship "Flora De La Mar". It exhibits the maritime history of Malacca during several eras : The Famed Malay Sultanate Era from the 15th century to 1511; The Portuguese Era 1511 - 1641; The Dutch Era 1641 - 1795; The British Era 1795 - 1941; The Japanese Era 1941 - 1945; and again The British Era 1945 -1957; and The Malaysia Independence Era 1957 to date.

Herein lies in the cargo hold invaluable treasures of the nation taken away by the colonial masters after they had captured Malacca in 1511. The ship sank on January 26, 1512 in the Straits of Malacca on her voyage to Europe.

It had been an enjoyable and interesting trip for me. For awhile, when looking at the architecture of the buildings, I felt I was somewhere in Europe.

I will post some more photos. Stay tuned!

Source (for some facts) : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malacca
All photos were taken by yours truly. I didn't watermark the photos.

Jun 13, 2011


There are questions to be answered,
But there are answers that remain idle,
The mind goes nowhere but around
and around and the questions remain

Wondering why,
June 13th '11

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Jun 6, 2011

A Little Note

A sudden rush of sadness,
That steps into this heart,
It shouldn't be but it bores
deeper, though will be 
gone like a wind,
In a blink back to where
I belong.

Just a little note,
June 6th'11
Monday morning

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Jun 5, 2011

Haiku - The Juice Of Life

Life smiles at the world,
Morning glows in songs of birds,
A gift so divine.

Dews rest on flowers,
In a Garden of Beauty,
A great juice of life.

June 5th '11
Glowing Sunday

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Jun 4, 2011

You Will Forever Be In My Heart

This is one of my favourite songs by Kris Dayanti, an Indonesian diva, entitled "Kamu Di Hatiku Selamanya". Literally translated, "You Will Forever Be In My Heart".

Here are the lyrics.

 Kamu Di Hatiku Selamanya

Lama sudah ku bersama menemani dirimu
Berbagi cinta dan berbagi rasa
Semakin kita melangkah semakin kita dalam
Semakin terlihat jauh berbeda
Tapi ku tak sangka secepat ini
Harus berakhir kisah cinta kita
Ku akan selalu mencintaimu
Walau kita tak mungkin bersama
Meski berat melepasmu
Tapi kamu akan selalu di hatiku selamanya
Betapa hancur hatiku meninggalkan dirimu
Tapi itu bukanlah kehendakku
Kita memang t’lah berbeda
Tak pernah satu kata
Tak baik juga untuk diteruskan
Tapi ku tak sangka secepat ini
Harus berakhir kisah cinta kita
Back to Reff: 2x

This is my translation to English. It isn't an exact translation for every line but more to my understanding of the original lyrics.

You Will Forever Be In My Heart

It's been a long time I have been with you
Sharing together the love and feelings
As we go on, we see the differences between us
But I don't expect our love ends too soon

I will always love you
Though it isn't possible to be together
My heart's heavy letting you go
But you will forever be in my heart

I am broken-hearted letting you go
Which isn't what I wish for
It isn't how it used to be
When we are not in good terms anymore
To carry on won't do any good
But I don't expect our love ends too soon

Jun 3, 2011

Poem - Contentment And Hope

The air I breath so pure,
Which I'd love to breath
a thousand years more.

The smell of fresh grass,
Calming green everywhere,
How long will it last?

Flowers in exotic bloom,
A beauty indescribable,
My heart's out of gloom.

Nature lover,
June 3rd '11
Friday morning

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Jun 2, 2011

Haiku - Captivating Moment

On a starry night,
Admiration fills the eyes,
The heart skips a beat.

Diamond-like beauty,
As though a night for lovers,
Romantic ambience.

Just a thought,
June 2nd 'll

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