Thursday, November 29, 2007

I bit my lips twice on the same spot, on the same day but different timing. =.="

First day of work is coming. yikes!

Working time: 8.00am - 5.00pm (gotta wake up at 6.00am!)

Wages: RM500 (better than RM300, offered by E&Y)

I left my calculator in Subang. Will that be a problem during my internship? o.O

I will NOT drive to work on my own at the moment. There will be someone watching over me and will drive the car back. Why? Firstly, my driving skill is not stable. Secondly, I am not familiar with Kuching.

I wish I could be there on the day after tomorrow.

Hugs and kisses -- i miss them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What Bananas Can Do

ATTENTION: Never put bananas in the refrigerator.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet:

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND, amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. (forget chocolates too!)

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. (good news for all of us! yay!)

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. (looks like I should eat bananas before going on stage)

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal. (good for you, baby)

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around, so maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

My flight was supposed to depart at 8.40pm but due to unforeseen circumstances, it was delayed to 10.00pm.

I was supposed to call my mom when I was in the Immigration Center. Unfortunately, my phone battery died out earlier than I thought (I offed my phone in KL, hoping that I could use it when I reached Kuching). That's great. The only solution was to use the public phone. OMG! It has been ages since the last time I used public phone. After getting changes (I did not have coins, great), I called up my mom to pick me up.

It was around 12.15am when I reached home.

Missing you so much over here...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Few hours left before I leave to Kuching. Won't be able to see the boyfriend for 2 months and 3 weeks. I'm very sure I'll be missing him a lot.

Goes to Yee Yen too. For the past few semesters, we have always been studying together. Won't be able to see her for around 7 months. I will do what I can do attend your farewell gathering (if there is) so, just let me know, alright?

Malacca Trip 2007

First Day in Malacca

Went to Malacca last Friday with baby. Departed at 12.25pm and reached around 2.00pm. Met up with Jason (our tour guide) at Melaka Mall.

The driver:

The passenger:

The companions:

He led us to our hotel. I believe even you cannot tell that this is actually a hotel. It costed us RM100 for two nights and the room was big. There were two beds; Queen-sized and Single-sized beds.


Later, we set off to historical places.

Recent discovery

A police car

Newly-wed Malay couple

A famous man (don't remember his name) whose body was then sent back to his homeland

On our way back to our car, we were walking past a police station. There were horses inside and we asked permission before we approached the horse. I think the horse liked my perfume 'cos it moved nearer to me when I went to take photos with it twice!

Jason took us to the beach. It was a nice, windy, sandy beach.

After we took our break, we had our dinner at Restoran Capitol Satay. For me, it was quite spicy. RM0.60 a stick. Cheap, right?

Biggest, big, smallest (each cost RM0.60 ONLY)

Guess who ate the most?

34 sticks

23 sticks

19 sticks

We were so full that we decided to take a walk at Jonker Walk. There were a lot of people. We were lucky enough to watch a performance by a guy who had a Malaysia World Book Record; a man who broke a coconut with a finger. *omg* Let me tell you, watching him doing it made you feel the pain too!

Second Day in Malacca

We went to have lunch at Nasi Ayam Hoe Kee. This restaurant is very famous and it was up in Astro AEC with a famous host.

One of the famous AEC Astro's host

We were so full that we went to take a walk at the morning Jonker Walk and we had chendol. Jason recommended us Durian Chendol. It was nice! Later, we had satays. Usually, the Malays are the ones who made satay but these satays are made by Chinese!

Saw this poor little bird

Durian chendol

One of the shop's antiques collections


We planned to visit a ship museum but unfortunately, it was construction and so, it was closed. Therefore, we went to another museum before we went back to hotel to take a nap. There are a lot of museums in Malacca. =.=

The ship museum

Inside of the another museum:

Next destination: Gelek
To be honest, this place is the best, for me. I love the food there!! It was also up in Astro AEC with the famous host aforementioned! I ate around (or maybe more than) 5 plates of si ham!



We were so full that we took a walk at Jonker Walk again before Jason took us for desserts.

There is a bar behind (full with foreigners O.o)

We had our desserts at Amo Te before the end of the second day.

The moon shone so bright in the sky

Last Day in Malacca

Jason took us to this famous restaurant that sells beef noodles.

Before we left Malacca, we went to meet up with The Koks and his mother's siblings and visited Jason's house.

Supposingly this trip consisted of 3 couples but due to unforeseen circumstances, it only left the 3 of us. However, we won't stop here. There are still plans ahead and I am really looking forward to it; Malacca (again but with more people), Penang and Redang Island.