How Starbucks saved my life

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I was looking for some easy to read but good kind of book, and I stumble upon “How Starbucks saved my life” by Michael Gill Gates.
(This is a page turner)

Few key things that stand up to me:
1. Mike gave his whole life serving J.W.T, but in the end the company just fired him, when he was old and deem as u useful. The lesson I learned is that:
A. Do not chase after riches, but instead seek to have a balanced life.
B. It is not worth it to replace your family with work, family deserved my time too.
C. Invest in the life of others instead.
D. Do what you love.

2. Some quotes that I like:
“Imagine we are all the same. Imagine we agree about politics, religion, and morality. Imagine we like the same types of music, art food and coffee. Imagine we all look alike. Sound boring? Differences need not divide us. Embrace diversity. Dignity is everyone’s human right.” A quote from bill Brummell, documentary filmmaker.

“Everyday is a leap of faith” a quote from Lizz Wright, musician.

“They told you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What they failed to Teh you is that what you look like isn’t important. What is important is who you are inside and the choices you are making in your life.” A quote from Tianna Tozer, 1992 silver and 1996 bronze Paralympic medalist, women wheelchair basketball.

3. The afterword of the book – how to save your own life.
A. Leap with faith
B. Look with respect
C. Listen to your heart and find true happiness.

It is unbelievable that how Mike finds fulfilment in serving others.
Indeed it is a book worth reading.

Life will be better if you think about how you can serve rather then just being served.

Valentine 2013

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Komura, a Japanese restaurant is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant. It’s in Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The food served are fresh, and the customer service is pretty good.

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The picture says it all. Burp… It’s soooo good.

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My favourite has to be ice cream, while Greg always love to enjoy his dessert with a cup of good coffee. The green tea ice was creamy and it does not loses the green tea taste.

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Since we have a room to ourselves we can just be silly :D
I just love this man. He adds colors into my life. I am truly blessed.

Taiwan – Day 1

It was nice see my fellow team-mates. Though we have each taken a different journey, but certain things just don’t change. They are still as playful ^.^

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Us. Waiting for our luggage.

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Welcome to Taiwan.

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This street is quite similar to Bukit Bintang

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Cute signboard :)

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The original ‘Din Tai Fung’.

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This is pretty good, but found out there are pig blood in it… Therefore most of it I pass it to Tze. I’m not adventurous with food at all.

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My favorite ‘cooling’ drink as of now.

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Final destination of the day. Shiling street. It was crazy. Totally not a fan of it.

Oh, btw… Meet my roommate:

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She don’t like to take picture, in order not to get ‘killed’ by here I quietly snap a pic of her back :p she is a hard “heart” worker. Wonderful lady. She is AMAZING.

Signs of getting old

According to some of my friends, below are the signs of us getting old:

1. You start to eat bitter gourd, petai, and some bitter herbal drinks.
2. You begin to enjoy hot drink instead of the usual cold drink.
3. You enjoy slow music.
4. You wake up early or can’t sleep past 10am even you have a late night.

Rejoice

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 NLT)

all stars hotel

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All stars hotel was introduce to me by my St. John instructors. Joined my instructor in SRJK (C) Chong Wen St. John camp. Well, I am just there to literally look at the kids and of course for me to practice my first aid as well, since I am taking exam soon.

These tent are set up by the student and… nope, they are not sleeping in the basketball court, they will need to move the tent out to the field. They have to inspect the floor, to ensure the ground do not have stones. Ended up some of the tents were so hot that the students rather sleep in the basketball court.

Us? the instructor and the ko-ko (older brother) and che-che (older sister) sleep in all stars hotel. We sleep on the field as well without cover; hence the name all stars hotel. Unfortunately that night there ain’t any stars in the sky. =(

Supper – Milo and Banana cake, but it was my dinner.

Students cooking their own breakfast. It was like a was-zone.

and we – the instructors and the ko-ko che-che doing some food tasting. For most of the kids, it’s their first time making their own food. Some commented that mom’s cooking is still the best. Totally agree on that. Jinn An, being a culinary teacher, food tasting is nothing new to him. Just by looking and smell he could tell if the food is good or bad. Bravo. I was pretty impressed.

I would like to introduce 2 people to you. Top: Uncle Charlie, and bottom: Little Anne. These 2 people are one of the main reason why I am there in the morning.

LIttle Anne is a dummy for CPR. It’s almost like a real human. I had a hard time giving rescue breath. If the head is not tilt to the maximum, air-way not open properly air can’t get into the lung. Gosh… I don’t remember practicing CPR on Little Anne is that difficult.

Its real name is Chocking Charlie. He has firm abs… (don’t play, play heheehe)

This is Jinn An =) He is one good teacher. Patient and detailed. Currently an active volunteer for St. John Ambulance, and YES, he does drive the ambulance too. Ask him about cases, he could tell you stories after stories. Very interesting stories.

Had fun in the camp. Believe it or not. It was my first time sleeping on a field, without any walls just a sleeping bag. Initially it felt a little uneasy, feeling insecure… (I wonder how would those homeless people feel when they needed to sleep by the road side. It must be cold and lonely) but thank God I was exhausted and use to sleeping on a hard ground. So at the end I was able to get some sleep… except for some mozzies bite.

During this camp, it reminds me to keep things simple in life.

Perhaps I can consider camping for my students as well. No AC, just the night breeze.

I got you

A place to crush, I got you
No need to ask, I got you
Just get on the phone, I got you
Come and pick you if I have to.

Beautiful choreography by NappyTab. Beautiful song.

I love this choreography, partly is because I love the song.

Chilling Waterfall

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Yahooooooo!!!! WATERFALL!!!

Last CNY, Kee and I took a hike to Chilling Waterfall, Selangor. It was a last minute decision. Since it was a holiday and I miss being in the nature so I decided to join Kee on the adventure ^^

It was my first hike. Not too sure what to expect and how was it like. With the little info that I gather from Kee, I thought it wouldn’t be too difficult. Not wearing a proper shoe it’s kinda make the hike, very challenging.

Chilling Waterfall is located in 21 kilometers from Kuala Kubu Bharu. I was told that this waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfall in Malaysia. Well, it was really beautiful…

I took 1 hour hike to get to the waterfall, crossed 5 rivers I think.

Just as the name suggest, the water is REALLY Chilling. The way I would describe it? The moment you jump in, your body burns all your calories. Nevertheless, I gather all my courage to soak myself into the chilling water, it was the best feeling! Tried swimming against the current. Well, I failed. I can’t move forward.

Beware of the monkeys!!! they are always looking out for your food. That’s what happened to me… the monkeys stole my snack =(

Thank God for such a wonderful creation, that we can enjoy. While we enjoy, do take care of the place as well. Whatever rubbish you take in, bring it out with you as well. ^^