3-2-1…. now!

I just remembered this game I used to play whenever I come across power failures. I wonder how many of us do the same. When I was a kid, each time when there is a power failure I use to start my game of countdown. It goes like…. 3-2-1 now! Whenever I reach now!, I would have anticipated that electricity would be restored. Well, it was really fun then when at times I really do hit the dot and viola brightness everywhere.

It never occurs to me that I would have to reach out for the candles in the first instance. I would just wait and wait and do those countdowns. Why not reaching for those candles when I needed light?

Now, as I recall this, I wonder, in our daily lives we too at times wait for these countdowns. And if it doesn’t happen we would pacify ourselves and say “never mind, the next round”. But then, sometimes in life we will never know which next round would bring us that moment.

Looking back, if there is a power failure now, it seems childish to be doing these countdowns. It’s like hoping for things to happen. Frankly, I would have gone straight to the switch boxes or at least reach out for those candles. *some might say call TNB*.

True enough, most of the time we would wait and do those countdowns. Whether its completing a project, starting something or ending something. Sometimes, in life it never happens. If it is light that we want, reach out for those candles. There are many things that we want in our life but it’s just that we are simply not making it happen. We being as humane as any other would just do those countdowns and hope for miracles to happen.

Miracles… do they happen or did we just grab that box of matches and made it come true. *food for thought*

Whats for lunch?

What’s for lunch? Kids ask that. Husbands and wives laugh and quarrel over it. MILs (mother-in-law) starring at the wall wondering what to cook.

We are not discussing about what we should be eating here nor is this a topic about culinary skills. It’s about decisions. Albeit, small ones. I realized that we make many decisions in a day without us really realizing it. Even before we wake up, we have already decided the night before, about the time that we should be waking up. At the closet, we decide about what we should be wearing. *Major one for the fairer gender*. Life is so full of choices, so much that we sometimes can’t decide for ourselves what we really want but yet we still go through every single day by making many choices.

What’s the difference of making these decisions of daily chores comparing with decisions that would change us? Are decisions be divided into simple ones against difficult ones? Could making decisions about daily chores be linked to our sub-conscious or it is a ‘need’ scenario.

I need to wake up at 6am (you have to wake up dude!). I need to eat my lunch (you’re hungry). I need to wear a business suit today (can’t present in my pyjamas). Whereas, those other decisions could be about stuffs that we are not so eager about…. that anything goes scenario. Whatever its in your mind? You’re right! That’s what I am talking about.

Guess we don’t need to be a genius to figure this part. When we have to do it (need), we WILL be decisive. It has to anyway. Whether I am going for that burger, fried chicken, pizza or any other choices….. I know for a fact that I have to eat, cause I AM HUNGRY. *so now, what’s for lunch?*

What a beautiful morning

There was this time when i was in a café early in the morning having my breakfast when I saw two persons sitting across me at different tables. The one on the left ordered a hot coffee of the day and the one sitting opposite the other table ordered a tall latte.

The one on the left seems to be having a “not -so-good” morning. Annoyed and agitated with each and every call that came through his mobile. I could see the frowning on his face. “Boy, he must be having a bad mood?”, I wondered.

On the other side, this guy who looks as if he was on top of the world sips his latte as he would taste a ten-year old wine. He is so cheerful until I could almost feel his joy and happiness.

Now, I wondered….. How can two persons be in the same environment feel so differently? They both choose to be at this café for their morning dose of caffeine. Nice ambience, nice coffee and nice service. Both of them have had the same to be offered at the same morning at the same place and yet both had very different moods. I bet their day would be very different. The one on the left would have chosen his day to be “one of those days” and the one on the right would have said to himself  “What a beautiful morning”.

I finished my breakfast and as I was leaving the café, I looked back and thought, “What a beautiful morning” and I knew its just a choice.

1 Neighborhood – Sukaneka

Sunday 7th February 2010. The Residence Association of TMP organized the event for JKP Zone 9 MPSJ Community Carnival involving all the area within JKP Zone 9 coverage consisting of  Taman Sri Puchong, Taman Industri Puchong, Taman Mutiara Puchong, Lakeview Residence and Lake Edge.

This is an event collectively organised by the AJKS comprising the various residences to enhance community relationship amongst the various residential communities in the spirit of community bonding.

Very glad that this event turned out to be a well participated one. I guess these are the efforts needed to bring all of us closer to that vision of 1 Malaysia.

Model Inc.

Last Saturday, I attended a half-day photography class which was conducted by Sony. It’s a complimentary class titled “Basic Photography with Alpha”. Since it was a free introduction class to DSLR photography, I did not expect so much from the class besides getting some basic photography tips from the speaker. John Shum was his name, middle-aged and seems to have years of experience with those lenses. I was seated in front of those 30 something participants who look like they are all from different walks of life.

“A, S and M settings, remember these” was what my pal David taught me before this class. basically he was gearing me up to those jargons. Well, I thank him at least for making me understand better. If not for his tips I would have been in the class wondering in LaLa Land.

My amateur model shoot

Having noticed the extensive ppt of John, I realized that this guy is taking every word he says seriously and professionally. Welcome to the 83rd Class. Aaaa… No wonder, he has taught these classes since years ago and thats why he looked so composed and relaxed.  During his lecture, I understood more about the basic techniques to photography. Nice room setup and detailed explanations. We had a really good time learning and fiddling with our own machines. All of a sudden, “Are those two models here?”, uttered John. Models, I wasn’t really thinking that they will provide models for us to shoot. Indeed, John announced that we would have an hour to do some pool-side shooting with two models.

It was really uneasy for me to instantly turned myself in a photographer to shoot someone posing. It’s just different than normal camera clicking. WTH…. just shoot! Goodness, I must say that those shots are really amateur and it could also be because I hadn’t had my lunch. Shaky hands. I did not take many shots as I had difficulty of adjusting the camera as the backlighting was strong. Nevertheless, I am still grateful that I managed some decent ones. *comment of this photo*

Back at the class at about 5pm. I wondered what time would it be over as I was really hearing my stomach growling. I smell food and food it is. Viola, they serve food. Fried noodles, chicken wings, sandwiches along with coffee and tea. Not bad, for a complimentary seminar.

An hour later, it was time to round-up and we had our group photo session and bade goodbye. Goodbye at least for the day as we will be in touch primarily through a forum addressed alphanatics.com. So… my well spent Saturday afternoon and afterall, sometimes complimentary stuffs could still turnout worthwhile. I guess it’s the passion of the people organizing it. Thank you Sony.

CNY Rush…

The queue to Trolleys @ 10.30pm

This the scene that we encountered even though we started our CNY essentials shopping at 10.30pm on Saturday. Everyone is eagerly awaiting trolleys. The entire store is jammed packed. I really wondered what it would be like earlier. Madness rush… typical of Malaysians? Kiasu-ism? or just plain, like I would say “last-minute shoppers”. If all these guys are last-minute shoppers, I guess it explains why I still don’t get the CNY mood yet. I remember posting last week about bringing our own bags for shopping on a Saturday. Well, this week we were all ready with our bags, only to find out that this particular Saturday, Tesco will give bags for free. Hahaha… gotcha, I guess.

It’s always RED when we’re rushing!

Almost unbelievable! It’s just meters away. I was stationary at about the same place even when those lights changed three times. Guess thats why this picture which was taken by my E71 was rather well-focused and angled. That was how bad the traffic situation was. If we go on discussing about the traffic situation in this country, a book could be written. I am not about to blog about the horrendous side of our driving ethics and road mannerism. That, shouldn’t be hard for any Malaysians to figure out.

It’s always RED when we’re rushing! Well, yes…. you may say. Everyone has had that moment. Some of us have it daily. No, I don’t think it’s a coincidence. It’s about the moment that we’re in. When we’re not rushing, we’re more carefree and we enjoy the scenery and the music from the radio. On the contrary, we’re late. Consequences of being late brings unpleasant scenarios which we would want to avoid. Sweaty palms, increased heartbeat and even body temperature….. That’s when we swear at almost anything that comes along which would delay us. *just because we might be late*.

The same goes for our daily lives. Sometimes, when we’re agitated or being not in the mood, we tend to see everything in RED. It’s as if the whole world is turned against us. Some of us has this syndrome at the beginning of each week. It’s alright, we’re just as human as the next person to us. The point to ponder is that, when we see RED, how do we react and affect the others around us? As the saying goes, “Do unto others, what we want others to do unto us”. Be sensitive to the ones around us. Take a deep breath…. *viola* and the next best thing we know is, that’s history. So, the next time when we see RED, remember the lights. It’s always back to GREEN after RED and it could just be a deep breath away.