Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Home is where the heart is

Woah … I’ve been away for quite a while huh. Can see the spider webs or should it be cyber webs weaved all over this blog. Haha. *Lame*

Anyways, I was back to Malaysia for a short trip. I know I was home recently during CNY but heck, I’ve got a good reason to be home this time around. It’s for the compulsory Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC) which SY and I must attend in order for us to be wed in a Catholic church.

The course was held at the Infant Jesus Convent in Cheras and a total of 30 couples (both Catholics and interfaith) signed up for it. We relied on a real crappy map downloaded from the net to get there. The very heavy downpour didn’t help either. Nevertheless, with God’s good grace, we found the place and arrived in time. The only problem was because we were instructed to park our cars in the convent’s field, I landed mine in a mud pit and hence, my car was stuck. KNN!!!

More than half of the attendees were already there while others started streaming in after us. SY was shown to the girl’s dorm while I nestled myself on one of the vacant beds in the guys dorm. The sleeping environment was of the very very bare necessity but we consoled ourselves that we are here for a good purpose and furthermore, we only needed to rough it out for 3 days.

To avoid boring you guys further, I will summarize that the course had 14 sessions relating to various aspects of marriage life, covering issues regarding life as man and wife, family, friends, religion, sex etc. We also attended two masses during that time. We had two presenting couples throughout and also two priests, Fr. Jestus (Head of the Catholic Marriage Tribunal) and Fr. Martin Lam to help complete the course. One thing’s for sure, both SY and I gained a tremendous amount of weight from all the meals they serve there. We had a whopping 6 meals a day namely, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. Let’s just say we didn’t skip any meals but took full advantage of it instead. :p

Overall, the course brought the both of us closer in the sense that we understood each other better because through the CMPC, we were ‘forced’ to face issues we were reluctant to talk about prior and this actually provided us with the perfect platform to really gain a better perceptive from each of our point of views. Before we attended the course, we’ve been told of many nightmarish tales of how many couples ended up separating / breaking up after attending this course but it’s nothing like that really. We also made a couple of friends while we were there, so all in all, the course did us good. Oh and a couple of macho guys helped pushed my car out of the muddy pit. *HOORAY!!!*

By ‘passing’ the CMPC, we then made an appointment with the parish priest, Fr Simon from St. Francis Xavier church to go through the pre-nuptial enquiry. Basically the church wanted us to have a clear understanding on what marriage is and that we’re getting into this sacrament of holy matrimony on our own free will. An interesting point to add is that Fr. Simon is a real joker in person and we will most probably get him to preside over our wedding.

Err … what else, oh yea, we met up with Fiona and her Irish fiancée to discuss on the church’s décor. Since we’re all having our wedding on the same day at the same place, it just makes good financial sense to share the cost of the décor. It took us about an hour to discuss and agree with the florist’s recommendations, so now that’s settled.

I’ve also begun distributing the wedding invites to mostly my friends and colleagues and this gives a good excuse to catch up with them as well. It was just unfortunate that I couldn’t hand all the cards to each and everyone of em’ in person due to the limited time I was back home.

We attended the GX launch in True Fitness’s Pavilion and had a good time doing it too. Other spare time were utilised for settling and confirming other matters related to the wedding like the attires, the pre wedding photo shoot layout (the album will be ready by mid April … WOO HOO!!!), wedding entertainers etc. Oh and our families met as well for the food tasting in the hotel where the wedding is to be held. Overall, most of the servings were satisfactory, so let’s hope it’ll be ok as well during our big day.

We also submitted our Civil Marriage Registration form at the Registration Ministry in Putrajaya and managed to get the date we both wanted for the signing ceremony. Over there, we were shocked to see so many mail-order-brides making their way into our country. So you get to see 60 year old local men being paired up with young twenty somethings from China, Vietnam and Indonesia. Ughhh …

I also bought lottery tickets hoping to strike it big and make all my dreams a reality but alas, it was not meant to be … not now at least. Perhaps I should persistently keep trying eh??? :p

On the flight back to Abu Dhabi, the stinky Arab guy sitting beside me had an argument with the ang moh lady sitting in front of him. Petty matter but they blew it up childishly. Well, it resulted in the guy moving to sit some place else and left me with more space on me own, so am not complaining. *wink*

I guess that just about covers my trip back this time around and now I’m back here in this sandy shit hole resuming my duties at work. *Sien* Well, at least I still had a job to hold on to unlike the poor chap and his furry ‘buddies’ pictured above.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Colourful poetry

Apparently the poem below was written by an African kid and was nominated Poem of 2005 for Best Poem. Enjoy ... :)

When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black

And you white fella,

When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me 'coloured'???



Saturday, March 14, 2009

The world in which we live in today ...

Every morning, the first thing I do when I boot up my notebook is to check my emails. Scrolling through the list, the norm include mails from work ( blehhh :{ ), FB notifications, junks & spams and of course, the forwarded ones from friends and family. Now, from the last category, amongst them would be chain mails that’ll ‘guarantee’ a lifetime supply of bad luck should you not forward it to a minimum of 8 people etc. BAH!!! Others would contend uplifting phrases, jokes … well, you get the picture.

One particular circulation which is becoming disturbingly more frequent are those concerning crimes specifically related to the fairer sex. I’m talking bout snatch thefts, rapes, murders etc. and all these are occurring on our own backyard.

We have women being robbed, raped and kidnapped in shopping mall toilets, open car park areas, elevators, so on and so forth. It’s just distressing to know that our moms, sisters, wives, gfs are all practically living fearfully in constant danger all of the time. One can’t possibly be a prisoner in their own home … women need to work, go to school, basically go out to perform daily activities and by doing so, they’re vulnerably open to attacks from these vile prowling ‘predators’.

Are our local authorities doing their job well enough??? In terms of sufficient manpower and its efficiency … is it at its required performance level given the current predicament that we’re facing today? I think not!!!

What about us, common folks??? Are we civic minded enough to lend a hand when required? Do we dare play the pro-active role as a responsible citizen and do what is needed, when it is needed should we stumble upon a crime in action??? I think not!!!

We are living in a selfish cynical society. To safe guard our personal well being, most if not all of us were taught to mind our own business instead of reaching out to help. We adopt the ‘why bother’ mentality and all these only serve to fuel the increase in the aforementioned crime rates.

It’s really frustrating to feel so useless and not being able to do anything to make things better. ARGHHHH!!! >:(

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Love's Promise

In the silence of the night, I lay tranquilly on my bed
Ought to be sleeping soundly but I'm pondering instead
About a certain someone ... slumbering a thousand miles away
I wondered if she knew I'm missing her more with each passing day

Being apart's so difficult, undeniably it ain't a bed of roses
My weekdays with colleagues and even weekends with the bosses
But remember the unyielding promises we made ... my heartstrings it tugs
Now all I want to do, is to run to you for a tight loving hug

Faithful devotion in its entirety I'm gladly offering
Your smiles and happiness, I'm hoping it'll always bring
For baby ... there's nothing else I would want to ask for
Except for our love, so true ... to grow more and more

Thursday, March 5, 2009

We ...

We went to the same classes at gym ... and you thought I was 'uncool'

We went for coffee dates ... and were so 'formal' with each other

We went for movie dates ... and you never failed to doze off in the theater

We went for dinner dates ... and you thought I was boring

We shared the same friends ... and experienced so much fun and laughter

We both love ice creams ... and realised that it tasted better sharing a cone.

We go on drives-to-no-where ... serenaded by the similar melodies we enjoy

We got together ... after going through so much. You made me the happiest guy alive

We spent our first Valentine's Day ... in the hospital ward. At least you got your bouquet and pressie :p

We went on our first holiday together ... and got our couple's caricature drawn

We went to Sunway Lagoon's Scream Park ... and realised you could scream ... and I mean REALLY SCREEEAAAMMM!!!

We wrote each other cards, letter and poetries ... these words we'll forever cherish.

We learnt that being in a relationship isn't always filled with sunshine and butterflies ... but we never failed to overcome our obstacles and continue walking towards our rainbow

We had a beautiful sunset dinner by the beach ... and you said 'Yes'

We were separated due to work ... but we're sacrificing 'today' for a better 'tomorrow'

We missed each other deeply ... but it only drew our hearts closer

We met up in Hong Kong ... to eat and shop till we drop. It was just a silly excuse to have each other ... even if it's only for a while

We understood the need to care and to compromise ... we're trying still to compliment each other perfectly ... we're getting there

We recognised that being similar isn't always a good thing ... and the differences shared may actually serve to bond

We discovered the meaning of love in every sense of the word ... through the many joys and pain ... through blissful laughters and heartbreaking tears

We are ready to make a commitment to each other ... one to last a lifetime

We'll we walking down the ivory aisle ... we'll be saying 'I do'

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

System down ... :(

The past 48 hours was hell for yours truly. Hardly caught any sleep to meet a deadline for work. And now here I am, popping paracetamols like Tic Tacs. The eyes stings with heat and feels heavy. The nose drips like an open faucet. The body aches at parts I never knew it could. Sighhh, there used to be a time where getting insufficient sleep was a norm for me ... knocking off for a good 4 hours will be more than enough to recharge myself to work, teach classes at the gym etc. I guess these ol' creaking bones of mine are trying to tell me something now.

Hmmm ... am having the craziest craving for some sinful gastranomic indulgence ... think thick creamy rum & raisins ice cream drizzled with bitter sweet dark chocolate sauce and topped with crunchy chopped nuts. Heavenly no??? :)

Anyways, I'm off to chomp down an apple now ... maybe that'll keep the good doctor away.

G'nite folks ... ZZZzzzZZZzzz