It is Sunday. Homes were still dark as most folks were sleeping-in. Besides, Malaysia is still under total lockdown and has been so since 25th May. Alas, it was just Sassy JAM, a clean and crisp dawn, a soft breeze and the 🍓strawberry moon. With the glare from the street lamps playing with the colours of dawn, I walked alone. But, my mind was blessed with thoughts of how during this catastrophic year, I had lost no one. I still dance with the broom as I sweep the garden and cook dinner with the flourish and flair of Benoit Blin, although dinner may not taste like Beniot Blin's. I WILL NOT complain as long as I can still feel fresh air, sunshine, rain and the darkness before the dawn (my favourite time of the day).
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
with their puffy jackets, beanies to keep their ears from frost bite 🤣🤣 and gloves.
“Crikey! Winter has arrived in Australia 🥶🥶 and they are out by 9am.” WHY? I'll be warm and snug in bed.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Making “zongzi” is way too much work for a single person, thus it is family time together. But, today’s generation may not necessarily be all that keen into tedious work and making dumplings is painstaking. So, sometimes it is a group of friends coming together and getting busy with their hands and mouths (not eating, simply updating on news and gossip!) Here is Jocelyn in Adelaide, Australia getting the job done.
A whole lot of ingredients - sticky or glutinous rice,Chinese mushrooms, water chestnuts, fatty pork (belly pork), mung beans, garlic and shallots. Bamboo leaves are soaked over night and string for wrapping the dumplings. These are for wrapping and keeping the ingredients inside during steaming, and not to be eaten.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Am I still the bashful slightly insecure child that got ‘trampled’ on occasionally? Did I really become tougher and erased the shadows in my mind? No one does erase ALL the shadows in their minds. When we erase too much, we are left with just an imperfect memory of our past.
many DID NOT register as they chose to believe fake news. We who registered, were on a long wait list. Thus, when registration for Astrazeneca opened on a first-come-first-serve basis, we grabbed it. Gizmo Man, Savvy K and myself were successful together with another 268,800 Malaysians and foreigners.
"I want Pfizer or Sinovac, Cheap vaccine-lah that one!! Got blood clot one, Don't want take lah." These were some of the reasons.
The “anti-vaxxers” sat back as they worried about blood clot side effects and they wanted vaccines OF THEIR CHOICE. Unfortunately, Malaysia plunged into the 3rd wave and our positive cases peaked at 8,000-plus daily.
Suddenly, these ‘anti-Asreazenecans’ changed their tune, "Why non-Malaysians given the vaccine before Malaysians." " Not fair! Citizens first." Please, please, …. you were the very ones who rejected the vaccine. Then, some who went for their vaccinations complained about the crowd,
not getting the appointments at the exact time, not getting the correct dosage? YES, there was confusion and hiccups at the beginning, BUT
Come on, with 7000 vaccinations per day in ONE centre, give the staff some slack. They even complained of having to walk too far from arrival point to vaccination booth. People, people THINK! How do you keep social distancing of 1 metre with hundreds of people, and yet not be expected to walk.
Constructive criticism is more effective than calling out names and lashing out. I MYSELF am guilty of whining without doing anything. At 6,239 positive cases yesterday, are WE doing our part? NOT EVERYONE. They are Malaysians who book rooms in hotels to hold private parties away from detection, Malaysians who return to their home towns (and bring the virus home) as soon as lockdown is announced and Malaysians who gather at pubs behind close doors. And yet we complain why the government isn't doing enough to control transmission.
Some folks are QUICK to complain, yet SLOW to shower praise.
WHEN ONE WORD CAN BRING SATISFACTION.
This quote from a Zimbabwe ex-President may sound crude but it sure makes SENSE:
“Treat every part of your towel nicely, because the part that wipes your buttocks today will wipe your face tomorrow.”
A video by Savvy K on her hassle-free vaccination.
We live 21km from the vaccination centre. It only took less than 2h to complete the process and she was home, safe in bed.
For this effort, WELL DONE MALAYSIA.