Friendship Day

So it is Friendship Day today. Have a great day celebrating if you feel you have friends to celebrate with. Let me ask you this : How many true friends do you think you really have and would they be there for you through thick and thin ?

 

I used to place friendship as an importance in my life, being one of the top priorities alongside with what was important to me back then. After being through many situations, facing different problems in life and pulling through to live until my current age, which is not that old as compared to centenarians yet old enough to have gained wisdom that you don’t have during your childhood years, I have chosen to put this friendship matter at a lower level of importance. I prefer to spend time on my own, learning, running my business and doing what I need to do. There’s always family for me as well. I hardly surround myself with friends every single day nowadays and I like it this way.

 

Note that it is a preference and choice that I choose, not that I have no friends. In fact, I had many friends with people from different types of groups, age and ethnicities. In fact I came to know that today is Friendship Day thanks to my university friend from India whom I was in the same Meet & Greet group back when we were in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Our duty was to greet international students who just came to UK to study and our group consisted of people from different countries and ethnicities who were already studying in UK.

 

Regarding friends from different groups, the types of groups are generally like highschool/university cliques – the socially popular from sorrority girls to the jocks, the artistically-inclined, the sporty, the preppy, the intelligents to even the other end of the scale of the socially unpopular like nerds, weirdos, loners-by-choice and loners-not-by-choice (meaning the ones that people avoid). Mainly the groups you’ll see shown in the beginning of most teenage films revolving around highschool, college or uni. Like what you see in Mean Girls.

 

Something like this :

 

I could mix with everyone, I was that tolerant towards everyone back then even if it was those that people avoided. I could find a common ground with these different groups and hang out with them.  I like sports and was active in my sports house, I liked performing arts and even choreographed a few dances of my own, heck I was even voted and won as quirky in my highschool magazine, so I have that slightly weird streak in me. Not as weird as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter though, as that is too delusionally weird for me. I always say there is a fine line between being creative and being delusional.

 

What you see in the movies are not always true, unless it’s based on a true story. There was one dumb fella I dated some time back who probably thought I was stuck in a film world or something because I wasn’t too happy when I saw that the situation I was in was like Bella in that vampire-wolf-story, what’s the name of that show… the one with A Thousand Years as their theme song… You see, movies are insignificant to me, so insignificant that I can’t even remember their titles. This fella I dated has an attitude like that frail, pale, gay-looking vampire who looks like he’s going to die anytime from lack of blood, whatever his name is, though look wise, he was buffed up like the Jacob werewolf than the vampire, thank gosh. This vampire wanted to be with Bella and seduced her, then when he got her interested, he showed lack of interest and said that he should keep away for her own safety. What the fuck is that all about. Then don’t go near her in the first place, idiot. This fella I dated is not dumb at all, but he is so dumb when it comes to communicating and understand me that he appears so cold and there’s lack of connecting feelings between us. He couldn’t even understand why I was frustrated and said “it’s just a show”. Bloody hell, I know it’s a show. I’m not delusional, I am pretty much realistic. Sometimes so realistic that my words are so straightforwardly painful it’s like a dagger to your heart. That’s me, if you can’t accept this, then too bad. I can’t be bothered to be fake especially when truthfullness is required. What I was trying to tell him was that there is that lack of connection and communication that should be there between people who are a couple. Don’t say friends, acquaintances or business contacts, that’s a different story all together. Sometimes watching movies have its use, it’s not wasting time because movies can show us how life is, then we can relate and open up our eyes to realise some things. I don’t watch fictional movies every single day, I’m not working at Netflix and I have other important things to do but watching movies can also be a relaxing past time. Oh ya, that vampire-werewolf movie is called Twilight. That whole Twilight saga were so nonsensical. I would rather watch the Harry Potter series anytime over this.

 

I wasn’t a nerd and I didn’t like to do homework until I went to my second year of college, where I discovered I actually like to study. I wrote about it here before. I did my programming homework diligently everytime after I finish my class so that it would be ready for the next class. Then when the teacher asks who knows the answer, I’ll be all ready with mine.

 

Hermione Granger Harry Potter smart wizard intelligent muggle

 

What the hell happened. It’s good in terms of responsibility but in terms of having to do homework, I’ll only do it IF I want to do it.

 

 

School in Malaysia wasn’t that bad as compared to what you see in the movies depicting schools in US. Most public schools  here are not co-ed. I was from an all-girls convent school, but that also gave rise to another set of problems – lesbianism. I have no problems with those people and in fact had quite a number of admirers from the same gender who used to send me love letters when I was in highschool. I still have my box full of those said letters and the art pieces they made to give me as proof. The funny thing is those lesbians from highschool became straight and most are now married with family of their own. I guess it was an experimental phase while they were growing up. Another thing I noticed is those who were the studious, nerdy type while growing up, who didn’t bother to dress up much became such stylish ladies while those who were sexily trendy during their coming of age years became plain in their later years. My alma mater churned out a lot all-rounders who are talented and smart as well as pretty. The whole package for a lady.

 

I kinda lost this part of me that is tolerant towards anyone already as I now would not even want to be 5 feet near any fakes. When you get older, you just get tired of human antics. Experiences have made you wiser.

 

 

Apparently intelligent people prefer to be on their own or have fewer friends, according to this article here. I still have friends whom I cherish and love. I might not keep in touch and see them everyday like how it was in schooling years but there will be some that I will keep. Perhaps it’s time to keep in touch with some long lost friends soon. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to network and meet new people. It’s just that not everyone you meet will become your friends. At least at this age, I can easily just move away from a group that I don’t fancy spending more time with or excuse myself from a conversation when I don’t feel comfortable. More about this topic of friendship in my next post.

 

P/s : It’s also Kwan Tai Festival for Taoist today. Kwan Tai (also known as Guan Yu in Mandarin) is a deity which many would pray to for business and some have an altar for this deity in their home too. Happy celebrating this festival for those who are celebrating.

Enough Of Ramadan. Raya already.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is now going on with the first day of Raya last week on 15 June 2018. It’s a month long event. I have been posting a lot of Ramadhan related posts and also about food previously. Then I stopped posting for a while. Have been on a break, taking a rest and yet also busy with so many celebrations going on, from Raya open house visit to Father’s Day celebration, Daddy’s birthday, sister’s birthday etc. Even World Cup is going on now. Even if I’m missing from online life, my real life still goes on.

 

Too much of Ramadhan maybe ?

 

This Ramadan ?

Ramadan Sobhi Egypt football player
Picture from StokeOnTrentLive

 

This is Ramadan Sobhi, a 21 year old football player who is playing for Egypt’s national theme at this World Cup 2018. Look at him and some can buka kain puasa already. Buka, open everything. Makan puas puas lepas puasa.

 

Ramadan Sobhi shirtless
Picture from http://football-hqs.tumblr.com/

 

Aiyo, buka baju, buka kain some more. Later all pengsan.

 

For me, he’s ok lah, quite good looking. I prefer his clean-shaven, short hair look. I still would very much prefer my Ramadhan food over any other Ramadans.

Ramadhan food buffet

 

Food keeps you filled in your stomach rather than just looking at footballer, for what ? See only, won’t keep you full. Not like it’s foodball. Of course, the best would be this…

Money Ringgit Malaysia

 

Money ! Anytime and over anything else. Got money, you can do many things in your life. Not being materialistic but being realistic. While it’s true that money should not be your sole purpose in life and we should value (some) relationships with people (animals as well), you can’t deny that we need money in life. You try lah, without money and you’ll see who’s left in your life. There are some people, even if you help them when they’re in financial trouble, they don’t help themselves or worse still, they are ungrateful.

 

One man asked me recently why I’m single and hasn’t anyone gone after me in these recent years. I told him I didn’t notice. He ask me, “Don’t tell me not even a single person has asked me out during these recent years ?” I told him I don’t bother to remember or notice because the first thing I think about when I speak to someone is to know the person and if it’s possible to do business with each other.

 

He said that I should stop thinking about business. So I told him to go and find some single men and see if they’re interested or not in me. Actually I’m not interested, if anyone is interested, then they should take the initiative and put some effort. My mind is set on money and business for the longest time. He was asking too many questions about my private life like how much my business makes, why I’m not married etc so I simply answer him. I’m not born yesterday and I’m not stupid to reveal my private life. It’s none of his business, really. It’s too invasive. Then he said I have no market already in the dating life. Fine with me, so I’ll just focus on business. Yet this is the same person who said I have no market and later on hinted to ask me that he wants love, and what he can do with me like hugging. What in the fucking shit is this. Don’t hint hint all, just be straightforward. Stupid fella. Orang macam ni, either you do business with me on a more professional basis or else sila pergi mampus. Thank you very much.

The Gurney Hotel’s Selera Kampungku Ramadhan Buffet

Recently I went to The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences Penang for an event they held in conjunction with Ramadhan 2018. They served their Ramadhan buffet for dinner, which is called “Selera Kampungku”. It translates to English as “My Village’s Appetite”.

 

If you haven’t gone to try their food, you would need to go today as today is the last day for their iftar Ramadan (break fast evening meal). Their sahur set (meal before starting to fast for the day) is until tomorrow, 13 June 2018, so you can still go tomorrow. It is advisable to give them a call to check if they are serving before you go. The hotel’s number is in the flyer I have enclosed below and I have also included at the end of this post.

The Gurney Hotel's Selera Kampungku, Ramadhan 2018 Buffet flyer

 

I have made a video about the dinner that night which shows some of the food they are serving. You will be tempted with their roasted lamb and chicken meat, which was succulent with 3 types of sauces for you to choose from.

 

Their chef made bhatura which was served with dhal curry. This is the first time I’m trying bhatura, which is new to me and it reminded me a bit of naan bread. I had it with dhal. I like their dhal curry which was not spicy at all because I don’t take spicy food and it was just right for my palate. It might not be the favourite of those who like spicy Indian food but to me, it was just perfect. If you want to know more about what bhatura is or how it looks like, watch my video below where the chef will show you how it’s made and he will tell you about bhatura.

 

They had many varieties of local delicacies like rice with dishes, kuih, desserts like ice kacang and drinks suitable to quench your thirst after breaking fast. My ice kacang was cleared after only having a spoonful or so of it as I went away from the table to take pictures and videos. Mana ais kacang saya ni…

 

I would have enjoyed having more of their food but I was busy going round taking pictures and videos plus interacting with some of the people present at the event. Amongst the few outings for blogging these 2 weeks which includes food, at this event I became Miss Cakap Banyak, not Miss Makan Banyak.

 

I want to eat and I want to talk also but if I talk, I eat slower than usual because I don’t like to talk with my mouth full. You know how people talk when their mouth is stuffed full of food and you have no idea what they are talking about ? It’s disgusting especially if they start spewing food from their mouth. So, sometimes I let the other person talk as much as they like and I just listen so that I can happily eat my food. Sometimes I eat in silence and I don’t mind eating on my own because it’s at my own pace without distraction. This blogging is a bit different because they had an event along with the buffet dinner blogging. At events, I became a bit hyper – so many things to see and do, so I go round and around.

 

Here’s the video regarding the dinner : https://youtu.be/pROmYYoLkiA

 

COFFEE HOUSE

The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences

18 Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Georgetown, Penang.

04-3707000

http://www.gurney-hotel.com.my/