Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy Labour Day!

The last long weekend of summer is before me and with it comes the sad realization that yet another summer season is coming to an end. Already, the nights feel noticeably cooler and the sun sets earlier every day; on the other hand, the days are now warm and we actually have been graced with sunshine for days before any rainfall returns. And yet, while the arrival of the Labour Day weekend harkens the approaching end for weekend barbecues and the winding down of festivals and special events around the city...

Enjoy your holiday.

I’m taking a rest today as my poor aching back. Oy.

Happy Labour Day!


Ramadan Mubarak to Everyone

Starting on Monday (Sept. 1), for the majority of the Muslim population worldwide will start the holy month of Ramadan. Perhaps this is the first time the majority of the Islamic world will all start Ramadan at the same time, although no one knows if the ending will be as consensus as the start.

Welcome Ramadan - Zain Bhikha

I wish everyone a blessed month, full of answered prayers and contentment.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Happy 51st Birthday To Malaysia - MERDEKA!

Tonight midnight on 31st August 2008, we are going to celebrate our nation’s 51st birthday or Independence Day. In 51 years ago, while we were still called as Malaya, our first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, led a delegation of ministers and political leaders of Malaya negotiating with the British in London for Merdeka, or independence along with the first president of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) Tun Dato Sri Tan Cheng Lock and fifth President of Malaysian Indian Congress Tun V.T. Sambanthan. It was decided that the official proclamation of Malaya independence would be made on August 31, 1957, at Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), in Kuala Lumpur, and we are then named our country as Malaysia, until today.

The Theme of 2008 National Day is ‘Perpaduan Teras Kejayaan’ (Unity Is The Core of Success). It marked the importance of unity among Malaysians of various races and religions.

How you all going to celebrate Malaysia 51st Independence Day?


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Get Well Soon, Really Soon

Take good care of yourself, friend.
We hope to see you up and running
And back at the gym again.
The place just isn”t the same without you.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Long Lost Friends

Long lost friends are recovered in many ways. One would be when you accidentally find an old photograph when you are cleaning your room. Another may be when you pull out the old year book or maybe even when you see that old sweatshirt after cleaning out the closet. With these old time thoughts you may wonder just want your old lost friends are doing. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to say, “If any of our long lost friends are out there please say hello and let us know how you are doing.” Thanks to the modern age of quick technology, long lost friends are never really lost and can be found rather quickly.

It has been an amazing past few days. I have been contacted by so many old friends that I have not seen or heard from in years.Imagine my surprise to find that a number of them had been looking for me as well. I honestly didn’t think I would even cross anyone’s mind after all these years. It is a good feeling to know you are not forgotten. I have heard from old girlfriends and guy friends and even….gasp….a few old boyfriends. It is amazing how so much time can pass between two people and so many things change, but you pick up right where you left off without missing a beat.

You know what is better than making new friends? Finding old ones. Its like finding clothes that fit again, or a candy bar you thought you already ate.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Birthday dinner at Cafe California

When a restaurant is good, customers return. When a restaurant is great, customers return again and again. My " DMG " celebrated his birthday last Saturday and dinner was at Cafe California. What an excuse not to observe my diet. DMG's choice :
Bruschetta Mediterranean Diced fresh plum tomatoes seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and basil, topped with Parmigiano Reggiano and served on crusty baguette
and Filet Mignon Medallions With twin sauces of truffle Port reduction and tarragon cream served with garlic mashed potatoes and with his favourite drink - Pina Colada .

and for me :

Spanish Paella The traditional dish featuring a delicate blend of chicken, chorizo sausage, shrimp, mussels and calamari with saffron rice and DMG's suggested that I should try his 2nd favourite drink " Harvey Wallbanger "...

It’s always a treat to linger over a delightful meal on a patio overlooking a panoramic view of the lights of Church Street .Conveniently located in the heart of the Church and Wellesley Gay Village in Downtown Toronto.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday To My Love!

Today is my honey's birthday. I love birthdays because they are a celebration of a life. I am so thankful for him. He has brought so much joy and fulfillment to my life. Happy birthday, DMG ! ♥ Wishing right along with you…for this to be a kick-*ss year. Hope it brings you everything your heart desires. I got him a Golf Polo Shirt from and What's a birthday without cakes? I baked him a BlueBerry Baked Cheese Cake.Happy Birthday To My Love!


Friday, August 8, 2008

Always On Your Side

Sheryl Crow Ft. Sting - Always On Your Side -

My compliments a beautiful video

Always On Your Side

My yesterdays are all boxed up and neatly put away
But every now and then you come to mind
Cause you were always waiting to be picked to play the game
But when your name was called, you found a place to hide
When you knew that I was always on your side

Well everything was easy then, so sweet and innocent
But MY demons and MY angels reappeared.
Leaving only traces of the man you thought I'D be
Too afraid to hear the words I'd always feared
Leaving YOU with all the questions all these years

Is there someplace far away, someplace where all is clear
Easy to start over with the ones you hold so dear
Or are you left to wonder, all alone, eternally
This isn't how it's really meant to be?
No, it isn't how it's really meant to be

Well they say that love is in the air, but never is it clear,
How to pull it close and make it stay
Butterflies are free to fly, and so they fly away
And I'm left to carry on and wonder why
Even through it all, I'm always on your side

Is there someplace far away, someplace where all is clear
Easy to start over with the ones you hold so dear
Or are we left to wonder, all alone, eternally
But is this how it's really meant to be?no, is it how it's really meant to be?
If they say that love is in the air, never is it clear

How to pull it close and make it stay
If butterflies are free to fly, why do they fly away?,
Leavin' me to carry on and wonder why
Was it you that kept me wandering through this life
When you know that I was always on your side?

"what a treasure to find,i heard it once and thought it was something really special, so glad to have come across it again at last and understand what it is about. kinda glad it didn't get over-played on the airways, but i hope everyone in the world gets to hear it.not a screaming power ballad, its more powerful than that, the harmony of the two voices is the purest music and the lyrics just say it all. "


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Are You Ready ...

In exactly 24 hours time, CBC will broadcast live coverage of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Soon, the eyes of the world will be on the city's Bird's Nest stadium for the start of one of the greatest shows on earth, and the Chinese have promised to stage a fantastic spectacle at what is widely seen as China's 'coming out' party!

At 8:08 on the evening of 08/08/08, the world will be watching Beijing as the opening ceremony for the Games of the 29th Olympiad kicks-off. I don't know about you but I'm a HUGE fan of the Olympics whether it's the summer or winter game and my favourite events are water polo, track & field and all the diving, gymnastic and swimming events.

I just can't wait for the Olympic Flame to be lit!


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Masak with Chef LOLA !!!

This is one of the many high tea, brunch or breakfast recipes in Malaysia. Kucai is a Chinese chive. Serve with chili or tomato sauce, if desired."

Craving for cucur udang, so I thought of having it today for my "open sesame" aka breakfast, lunch, brunch all in one! I'm gonna call it "Cucur Udang Lola's" Thanks to my sister Ogee for her yummy "Cucur Udang" recipe !!!


Saturday, August 2, 2008

An afternoon with Meryl and Pierce

I’ve just seen Mamma Mia and it was spectacularly naff but I loved it in all its sparkly abba goodness. As one friend said, the movie was middle aged but there-in lies it charm. Meryl Streep was fantastic and my goodness is that lady flexible. I guess we all secretly knew Pierce couldn’t sing but you felt like he really did try and I’m pleased there was no stunt voice. I think he’d do well in a karaoke contest.

There was barely anything which passed for a story but there were enough swedish numbers decked out with ridiculous choreography and more glitter than we saw in the 80s. I’m sure half those beach numbers were simply there to up the quota of nake male bronzed torsos.
Admittedly I went to a saturday afternoon screening but I was really surprised to see the numbers of kids there. There was no bad language and naked buttocks was as risque as it got visually but there was a lot of adult humour.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Holiday weekend coming up!

If you’re reading this post and not living in Canada then you’re probably thinking, “what holiday?” Civic Holiday, or Simcoe Day if you’re in T.O., (the name varies from province to province) occurs the first Monday in August for us Canadians, except in Quebec, Yukon, and Newfoundland & Labrador (sorry ). It doesn’t fall under the government’s Retail Business Holidays Act since it’s not a statutory holiday, therefore stores aren’t required to close their doors for the day. That’s a good thing since (at least for me) you have the day off work, and get to sleep in and watch daytime television.

As with any long weekend , there are the usual festivities, including fireworks on the Sunday night.

So to any Canadians(if you are not in T.O.) out there, what is this holiday’s name in your province?


I think I broke my little toe

I stubbed my pinky toe today and it still hurts. There’s a faint, shadowy bruise along the side of the foot near the toe. I may need to go to the doctor. Sigh. I don’t have time for a broken toe or broken foot.

Usually I would just ignore it and limp along — most of the time they can’t do much for a busted toe anyway. But two things change my mind today. First, I saw the House episode where Mira Sorvino’s character suffers lung collapse because of a broken toe leaking marrow into her system. So don’t want that. Second, I went for a walk to run errands today — I walk a LOT — and before I got home, I was panting in pain.

But I’ve got this hurt toe now and since I can’t wear a proper shoe the toe remains vulnerable. My brain continually reminds me that everything is a threat to my hurt toe. When I open a door I think “Careful! Don’t let the door hit your hurt toe.” Or when I’m working I think “Don’t let any glass roll off the table-it could land on your hurt toe.” Or if I see a skateboarder or someone biking I think “Lookout! That person is going to run right over your hurt toe!” It’s funny how protective my brain is over that toe while it carelessly allows me to re-injure almost any other part of my body with it’s inattentiveness.

My toe hurts. Damn it. At least it hurts a bit less now than it did three hours ago.