11 August 2011

The Art of Travelling

When you pack your bags to explore the beauties of your own country or travel around the world, consider these keys to a happy journey.

Travel lightly. You are not traveling for people to see you!

Travel slowly. Jet planes are for getting places not seeing places; take time to absorb the beauty and inspiration of a mountain or cathedral.

Travel expectantly. Every places you visit is like a surprise package to be opened. Untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.

Travel hopefully. “To travel hopefully,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, “is better than to arrive.”

Travel humbly. Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and ways of life.

Travel courteously. Consideration of your fellow travelers and your hosts will smooth the way through the most difficult days.

Travel gratefully. Show appreciation for the many things that are being done by others for your enjoyment and comfort.

Travel with an open mind. Leave your prejudices at home.

Travel with curiosity. It is now how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Throreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.

Travel with imagination. As the old Spanish proverb puts it, “He whole would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.”

Travel fearlessly. Banish worry and timidity; the world and its people belong to you as you belong to the world.

Travel relaxed. Make up your mind to have a good time. Lets go!

Travel patiently. Its takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and customs; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.

Travel with the spirit of a world citizen. You’ll discover that people are basically much the same the world around. Be an ambassador of goodwill to all people.

Wilferd A. Peterson
from The Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul

28 July 2011

Sound of Music

I must say that from the first time my eyes laid on this movie on television years back when i was young (i think i was 13 years old at that time if i was not mistaken) i can tell u it was love at first sight. I fell in love with the movie so much that ive watched it so many times towards my teen years and to add to loving it, even went to watch the musical at Istana Budaya, KL during my Uni Graduation week. My fav part was when Rolf took Liesl at night and dance away under the moonlight.

Also seeing Liesl (acted by Charmain Carr) i'm so mesmerized by her pure beauty and never have i seen such beauty before. Till today. Tell me if you agree or not

Music that captures all walks of life, movie loved by all that is a timeless pieces. I will surely watch it with my future children one day. Hope they will like it too!

July it was..

Its been ages since i've blog about 'my-what-had-happen' in a month since way back 2006 in which i've use to do blog using my expired friendster blog (i think the blog has shut down years ago). Well i think the feeling of month-blogging came back into me. So before i change my mind, i think i'll better blog away.

So, what has happen to my life in July (I know this might sound cliche, but just bare with me!). In the beginning of July, the ladies of JCI Intan was so kind enough to held a GMM cum Housewarming celebration (plus Abby's B'day too) at the Yong's new Residence and me as the member of the organisation as the host together with dear hubby. It was such a nice day and with lots of foodie, fun, sharing & laughter around the whole afternoon. And we received a blender as a housewarming gift! Now was can have blended yogurt smooties (no more yucky plain yogurt!) Yeah!!! And thank to Nora too for the lovely 'Welcome' signage.

Come 7pm, we wrapped up the GMM and rush over to Fresco @ downtown KK located at Jesselton Point for soon-to-be-brother-in-law David's performance with his students from the KK International School. Admist of the tiring day, it was great to be able to watch & support David together with my parent & sis. Thumbs up to David for a lovely performance on the guitar! and huge thank you also on the tickets!

On 9th July, the D-day of JCI Intan 'Be A Belle' project which i organised together with my organising committee. Held at 11am-5pm at Kinabaly Club @ downtown KK. When when i say downtown means right smack in the middle of KK in the heart of (listen to this..) the Bersih 2.0 rally venue!!!!! Seriously! Luckily the policeman let us all through and thank God the rally didnt happen. But no worries, everything went well and we managed to pull the day through. A Big thank you to all our lovely sponsors that day, to the partipants that braved the jam/road block, to the ever wonderful speakers of the day! Truely appreciate it 101% and to the hardworking ladies of the committee. You all are truely a Belle!

A week later on 19th, me & hubby participated in the annual Sutera Harbour 7K Charity run. A tradition for us which we started 2 years ago and plan to continue it for as long as we can. The company we work for sponsored the giant arch and in return we received free tshirt! A lovely sunset ended the run of the day.

July also mark the Birthday of my only dear sister, Linda as she turn 25 years old but unfortunatelly is not in KK as she and David will be in London on a visit to David's families + holiday. Happy Birthday Sis! However we managed to have a get together dinner over seafood at the famous Welcome Restaurant @ Bundusan before the fly off the next day.

Another wonderful occasion to celebrate - Uncle Vinson retirement + wedding anniversary + birthday (as i think housewarming too) was celebrated on the 3rd week of July. It was a impromt party held at their house gathered by all families member and i got to tell you that i was soooo indeed happy to be able to see all cousins, neices, nephews, uncles, aunties after soo long! gosh we should have such gathering from time to time ya! And mamak's hinava was sumptious!! yum yum! (eat your heart out Linda & Lester!HA!)

Other things to be happy about;

Had a get together high-tea with the 'Geng-Keras' at A-Roma Ristorante on 14th July to celebrate the Geng-Keras July babies Birthday. Wish the rest of the geng were with us.

Ive done my part as a citizen of the world by donating to plant a tree to Wild Borneo Expedition! hey! it got my name of it! Cool!!

Met Louis Pang during the Nikon Showroom Launching (we were the event organiser for them). Manage to had chat with my all time favourite photogragper!

Also featured on WhoAmISabah courtesy by a lovely friend - Vera M. here at http://whoamisabah.com/2011/07/18/whoamisabah-lenore-beverley-lee-yong/.

Thats all folks! Im indeed blessed!

With lots of love, Yours Truely!

12 July 2011

How travel makes you smarter, sexier and more productive

Traveler reading ‘An introduction to algorithms’ in Polish. Honest. [Photo: Anna Borska]

By Robert Reid, Lonely Planet author

Why do we travel? Just a hunch here: because it’s fun. Plus we have to occasionally pay a visit to Uncle Greg in Minneapolis or attend that conference on soybean research your boss makes you go to every year. But, at the same time, travel can pay off in many ways, and science backs it up.

Here are the four main ways that travel can improve your life:

1. Travel makes you younger

David Eagleman, recently profiled as ‘The Possibilian’ in the New Yorker, studies time perception at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and has made many experiments regarding how life-threatening moments feel slowed down.

Travel to new places has always felt like stretched time to me too; a week in Guatemala seems to last as long as three weeks in the Outer Banks – in a good way. So I asked him, for my recent CNN piece on travel to new destinations, whether science can back up my gut reaction.

Eagleman told me adults’ sense of time is more ‘compressed’ than children’s, but that travel to new or ‘novel’ places – the more exotic, the better – is an equalizer of sorts. ‘It essentially puts you, neurally, in the same position as when you were a child.’

Travel: the fountain of youth! And, with its perceived time-stretching possibilities, a life-saver even if you only take a week or two for vacation this summer.

2. Travel makes you smarter

It’s an old cliché that travel broadens your mind. I’d scoff if it weren’t true. A recent psychological study at Indiana University found students had broader answers when they thought the study was imported from Greece, rather than homegrown. What the researchers call ‘psychological distance’ – what we might call ‘armchair travel’ – increases your creativity. A recent review of the psychological distance concept, suggests that travel, or even planning travel and imagining yourself in an unfamiliar and distant location, might not just improve creativity but self-awareness as well.

William Maddux, an American social psychologist, studies how those who live abroad come home more creative too. He told me by phone that ‘immersion’ in a place is key – one of the reasons, he says, he’s working in France.

‘It all depends on someone’s mindset when traveling’, he said. ‘Are they really open to it? If not, and all they do is sit and watch TV, it probably won’t make them more creative… And you don’t necessarily have to cross a border either. What’s more similar New York and Toronto, or New York and Savannah?’

3. Travel makes you more productive

Americans’ relative lack of holiday time is sometimes defended as a strong ‘work ethic’, and a reason the country is so productive. But is it?

This fun Businessweek slideshow shows how many countries’ economic output rivals the US, with far less work time. France, for example, takes off 60% more days off (40 compared to the USA’s 25), and records 98% GDP per hour worked. While the USA remains the world’s top ‘competitive’ country, runner-up, Switzerland, nearly matches the US mark with a week more vacation time.

Some argue taking extended time is even better. In a TED Video on taking sabbaticals, graphic-designer Stefan Sagmeister illustrates how he plans a one-year break from work to ‘experiment’ every seven years simply to generate new ideas.
4. Travel makes you sexier

It’s not just a tan you return with, but stories. According to one recent ItsJustLunch.com survey, the best first-date conversation topic was hobbies, with travel following second. Somehow manage to combine the two, and brace yourself Romeo. Just be sure to have exchanged your Paraguayan guaraní into dollars before the bill arrives.

And if travel has already done its job by making you more creative, youthful, self-aware and productive, you’re bound to be looking pretty good out there.

For the travel bug in me

I have to urge to travel at the moment! like NOW! have you ever felt this wasy before of just getting online purchase your ticket & just get on the plane & zoom away. Don't get me wrong, im not running away for any problem / trouble just the urge to see new places & to have inner peace & take time to smell the roses. Oh i so want to do it badly! Saying is always easy....but doing is hard..

Anywhere, i know i can just dream & think of it. Some of my favourite travel quote that inspire me and i hope it inspire you too in some way or another. When i read these quotes i just shut my eyes and im far far awayyy~~~

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

1 June 2011


One of my favourite song long lost forgotten. Orginally by Fleetwood Mac but was made popular by The Corrs. ( one of my fav band too way long ago since high school)..now i hear it on GLEE.

Now here you go again
You say you want your freedom
Well who am I to keep you down
It's only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness
Like a heartbeat.. drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost...
And what you had...
And what you lost
Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing
Say... Women... they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean... you'll know
Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself
It's only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and...
Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness...
Like a heartbeat... drives you mad...
In the stillness of remembering what you had...
And what you lost...
And what you had...
And what you lost
Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing
Say... Women... they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean... you'll know

14 May 2011

Home Sweet New Home


We have smoothly moved into our new house officially on 12th May 2011.

We want to say a huge thanks to the Lord above for showering us with lots of wisdom & strength in our journey and for answering our prayers and for not leaving us aside but have always constantly being with us & guiding us day & night. God has indeed show us the way.

Thank to to our both parents for their support, assistance & love and sames goes to our brother & sisters too. We really appreciated it very very much & both of us LOVE you all soooo much!!!!!!! To all relatives & friends that knew - thank you for your advice, homewares presents, encouragement, help and words of wishes along the way in making it happen.

All sweat & tears are all paid off.

Yes truely we are proud and we felt soooo lucky, blessed & happy!!!!!!!

Well, Darling....now we can say "Honey, I'm HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

20 April 2011

Cleaning Away

Upon checking our calender, the task now will be cleaning. Yes cleaning only ..

cleaning detergents & equipments ready ?

Yes, these task are included too

Spring cleaning top to bottom

Pray i will not turn into like this! if so, will not forgot to still look gorgeous! haha

Till then...tata folks!

1 April 2011

Looking Back

I found a piece of paper which was flying around the house some time right before New Year (brought home by my parent i think) and it caught my eyes and i read it over and over again. Now, today i saw it again on my brother's desk and i must say that whenever i read it, my world stops and i took a moment to think & look back of all the blessing that i've received despite of some challenges that i face along the way.

I think this can relates to everyone and take a moment to silent, clear your mind and look back at some things we have to be thankful;

1. Be thankful of your family

2. Be thankful of your sanity.

3. Be thanful of your children have grown
(well not applicable yet to some of us, but try to put yourself
in your parents shoe)

4. Be thankful of the support you get.

5. Be thankful for unexpected help.

6. Be thankful for food & shelter

7. Be thankful for your health

8. Be thankful for sibling/cousins/companion

9. Be thankful for the special moment.

10. Be thankful to God for giving you life.

Well as much as time our journey will be full of joy, happy moments and lots of love, it it also bound to have its fair share of challenges, difficulties, obstacles and problems. Let the storms and strong winds come..we will face them unlinching, because we know that after the strom, the sun will emerge, and after the winds stop howling, the air s cleaner. And, sometimes a rainbow or two emerges.

Have a great day everyone!!

9 March 2011

Things that Matter Most

When we reach the end of our lives and look back on the things that mattered most, those precious relationship with people we love will rank at the top of the list.

8 March 2011

What I'm Dreaming Off

Guess what i'm dreaming off today. To be on an untouched private island all by yourself..well..ok..not really all by my self (if now how am i'm gonna have my photo taken!)..but with hubby, lose friends / families.

And what a wonder when i found out a workmate of mind offer me for the exact trip with blue waters in the East Coast at a very very minimal cost somemore its off the beaten track! ways from the tourist journey line.

I'm gonna faint & felt so blessed when the day will happen. No need to to go Maldives or Fiji for this..i can get to experience the same experience at only 1% of the cost of going overseas.

Oooo pls pls pls....laying on the white sandy beach & have fishes swimming around your feet in the middle of the ocean. Can't Wait , can't wait!

Meanwhile plan to stop by Semporna for a photographer journey. Cool scenery heh!

Will let you know when this happen.

2 March 2011

Marriage Killers

Read this today in the Daily Express Newspaper by Dr. James Dobson.

Below are some of the main major 'Marriage Killers' that are responsible for the high divorce rate that plaques today's families;

1. Over-commitment & physical exhaustion : Doing everything at once i.e getting married, study, full time work, have a baby, fix a home, start a business all at once or some at all at once depending on the couple ability. Danger!

2. Excessive credits & conflict over how money is being spent : Spending over the budget or way over the budget on many occasion will lead to ..you know what.

3. Selfishness: Marriage between 2 givers are beautiful but if 2 takers..nay!

4. Unhealthy relationship with in-laws : If either husband or wife is not fully emancipated from parents, best not to live near them.

5. Unrealistic expectations : do not expect more from one another when he/she is not capable of providing at the given time or point of time.

6. Space invaders : No "breathing room"

7. Sexual frustration & its partner, the greener grass of infidelity : aka 3rd person!! committing adultery

8. Business collapse : This is especially to men. Their agitation over financial reverses sometimes precipitates anger within the families.

9. Business success : Almost risky as business failure. King Solomon wrote " Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread". Edward Fitzgerald said " One of the saddest pages kept by the recording angel is the record of souls that have been damned by success. Its true!

10. Getting married too young : The pressures of adolescences and the stress of early married life do not mix well. Finish the first before taking on the second.

11. Alcohol & substance abuse : Excessive in take of alcohol is not good for the person & will directly effect the families.

12. Pornography, gambling & other addictions : Excessive / too much is not good for the person & will directly effect the families.

These are just a few marriage killers. But in truth, the list is virtually limitless. All that is needed to grow the most vigorous weeds is a small crack in the sidewalk. If you are going to beat the odds and maintain an intimate, long terms, you must take the task seriously. The natural order of things will carry you away from one another, not bring together.

adapted from Daily Express 2nd March 2011 Page 30.

28 February 2011

Above All

We are the citizen of the earth today, we must watch the news to know what is happening around the world. But i must say that the news always depresses me and also makes me sad. I hardly seen any positive news but rather more negative and with that i sometimes avoid watching the news (yes i know its real fact) and watched E!news instead. But the realised its filled with lots of Hollywood divorces/splitting & etc..isn't that are negative news too. Thus i turned to Star World, with lots of happy, fun & laugther and some motivating program. American Idol is not one of my favourites bt better that all the negatives news.

So anywhere, when i watches the news that is filled with natural disaster, political turmoil, business going down, price wars, unstable ecomony, undeserving leaders and more..i came to wonder, why is it all so negative? Why? I may not be the most holiest person on earth..but i think i may know why. There is NO Love in their heart.

No love for "their" people, no love for the environment, no love for one another, no love for their neighbour and most importantly no love for GOD. When there is not love, all thing will come tumbling down.

Some says money make the world go round. I think this is not a good quote but a good one will be ' Love makes the world go round'. When there is love, everything is possible. Take a moment to ponder on this and i hope u agree with me.

Leaving you with a song from Hillsong's - 'Above All'. A song that really touches my heart in time of bad times and seeing all depressing news.

Above all powers, above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were here before the world began

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure what you're worth

Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

I wish one day God's Love combination with all of our love will conquer all.