Spring Fling Event – 23 March 2019

I attended a charity organisation’s event called “Spring Fling” on 23 March 2019. I’m not going to mention the charity organisation here because one of the ambassaders don’t appreciate what I have been doing like giving them complimentary blog posts, conducting their lucky draw sessions and all, so I just cut them out of this video. They have never paid for my services and they definitely don’t have control over what I do. Being a member of the organisation doesn’t mean that they can restrict how I run my business or make money. It’s just one of the groups in this charity, so can’t say much about the other members and having worked with other charity organisations for business and personal matters, some really do appreciate what was given to them.

Another matter I’m not happy about is the venue this event was held at. Not only could they not pay for blogging, they didn’t keep their word and communicate well. I’m not even going to mention them here, not that I’m afraid of them but rather I would not even want to give them any free advert by stating their mcb name. If some places can’t pay for a blog, then they will at least give complimentary food, beverages or products. This venue said they can provide food & beverages, but ended up this place doesn’t even freaking serve food. Macamlah, I very hadap to eat your shit food or products like that. Some will know how to give back if not the equivalent.

On that day I was going to attend the event, my Mummy cooked spaghetti which I would have very much enjoyed eating. If you have read my blog, my Mummy usually cooks Chinese cuisine everyday and only sometimes Western food. I sometimes make videos about her cooking. I missed my Mummy’s spaghetti to go to this bloody event and this place just to find out their owner have not carried out his promise. These people don’t think that time and energy is spent to attend these events and also costs like transportation to get there, parking etc.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 Ball

I attended St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 – The Ball which took place last Saturday (9 March 2019). It was held at Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O) in Penang, in their Grand Ballroom.

 

This is a foreword from Penang Irish Association :

“St . Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of what it means to be Irish; the spirit, the determination, the creativity and that indefinable something that makes us who we are. Ireland is capable of great things and every year, our embassies and Consulates use St. Patrick’s Day to show the world just what we can do.

 

One of our great strengths as a country is our people.

 

We celebrate our rich culture and heritage and we’re proud of its influence on world literature, art and music. St. Patrick’s Day is a great chance for us to share our culture with others.”

 

This is an introduction video I made before I entered the Grand Ballroom and did a live streaming of their event :

 

This is the first part of the live streaming taken during the event :

 

The video ended abruptly during the first video as the streaming stopped unexpectedly after I walked out of the ballroom and went across the hallway towards the buffet area. I made 2nd live streaming after that. The beginning part of the 2nd video was also not smooth as I was experiencing broadband problems. I was using my telco’s 4G internet and I also tried using the hotel’s wi-fi but the same problem occured. That means it wasn’t really the internet’s problem but there must have been some difficulty to get internet at that particular part of the hotel when I walked out of the ballroom and headed towards the buffet area. I was told by the hotel staff that they will be renovating the E&O ballroom soon and they have already begun renovating the heritage wing (where the Grand Ballroom is situated at) of the E&O Hotel Penang.

 

Here’s the 2nd part of the live streaming :

 

I had a great time at this event. It was nice dressing up, consuming the delicious food and beverages, looking at their performances, experiencing the Irish culture of celebration, and looking at the well-dressed ladies and gentlemen and being at the hotel’s ballroom. If you would like to attend this festival, they hold it every year so you can look forward to next year’s celebration. For more information, you can contact Penang Irish Association, which I’ll leave their information below.

 

PENANG IRISH ASSOCIATION

info@penang-irish-association.com

penangpia@gmail.com

https://www.penang-irish-association.com/

I Can Drink Alcohol Again

I finally drank alcohol yesterday after a very long time (by my standards because I used to drink at least once a week) of not drinking. It has probably been months if not a year or two. It’s just a glass of champagne and almost a pint of lager beer, which is not a lot by a drinker’s standard but it’s a lot for someone like me who has been abstaining from alcohol to heal my health and skin allergies.

 

What came as a total surprise was I didn’t get any allergies at all from the alcohol and in fact it even helped the weeping from my chronic wound stop. Alcohol has antiseptic properties and it’s drying, so perhaps that’s why it dried the weeping in the wound. However, with it being dry, my skin is more dry than usual now but it’s saturated all over.

 

It’s also good that I drank the alcohol because I had sashimi and medium raw fish. Alcohol is good for preventing worms from growing in my body. I wouldn’t want any worms in my stomach. I deliberately ordered the lager instead of Guinness which is what people usually have during St. Patrick’s Day because I had lamb which is heaty. Beer cools down the body and I don’t want to overheat, so I want to balance the heatiness and cooling of my body.

 

I actually like Guinness, nothing against it. My first sip of Guinness was when I was 9 years old and my Dad let me try a sip. Then I tried a sip of lager and I actually preferred the Guinness. The black more than white. However, as I grew older, tastebuds changed and I prefer lager. It’s more refreshing and somehow Guinness started to taste a bit like cough medicine to me. It’s like the case of changing the preference of your food choice and what you used to not like, like those pungent food (e.g. parsley, spring onion), you now like the taste of it. I used to not like the taste of olive, spring onion, garlic and parsley to name a few but now I find that it opens up a whole new palate of flavours when consumed.

 

I have always been a picky eater since young. I will pick out all the spring onion that usually is found in Chinese noodle soups and throw them away or avoid drinking the parts of the soup with them. Now I even eat raw spring onion in soya sauce which I dip my meat in. When it’s raw, the pungent level is even stronger. I somehow grew to love food and have cravings. I can eat a lot since young but I don’t crave food. I just eat when hungry. Now it’s like I want to eat non-stop but I also learnt to enjoy the taste of food. It used to be eat to live, now it’s live to eat.

 

I was actually at the Penang Irish Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 Ball. A guest, who’s a man, came and sat beside me then saw me drinking. He commented “You can drink” after he saw me finishing off my champagne. Of course I can.  I have gotten drunk growing up and learning how to drink to finally being able to hold my drink and watch other people get drunk instead. After that I can even resist drinking just to heal my health and saying no to the many offers of alcohol and even if it’s poured out and placed in front of me, I don’t touch it if I don’t want to drink. I will only drink if I want to and if I think it won’t cause me harm.

Penang Irish Festival St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 Ball

 

It’s all about moderation and knowing when to stop, an important lesson I learnt growing up. I used to get hives when I first started drinking, so I chose not to drink so much. Then growing up during my 20s, I drank for the fun of it, usually at clubs, sometimes the pubs and also at friends gatherings. It’s like becoming stupid and drinking without knowing when to stop. The many times my friends have to take care of me and carry me home. Sometimes I feel like I was wiser when in my teenage years, then became stupid and learning to become smart and wise again.

 

Reflecting back, I just realised that I only get drunk during social and non-formal gatherings with acquaintances and friends. I have never gotten drunk during formal events or even non-formal events where I am there for studies (like for my post graduate certification), work or business, even if there is free flow of alcohol with no limit to the amount of alcohol you want to drink or the types. I actually do have discipline growing up and there’s a serious side to me. I always thought I didn’t have enough discipline when I was growing up but now that I think about it especially in this case of drinking where I have gotten drink, drank, drunk in many situation, I’m actually impressed with myself for not getting drunk when I know I should be well behaved. I have seen men in tuxedos or women in their pretty evening gowns at formal events getting rowdy and speaking a bit too loud when they get drunk, far much different from their initial composure and it’s not a pretty sight at all.

 

Talking about alcohol, I was just walking at the supermarket and went to the alcohol section. I was telling myself that back then, this would be my favourite section and can’t help but to feel a tinge if sadness because I can’t drink now. I’m happy I get to change this  yesterday and I’m able to consume alcohol now. It’s somehow by luck that I got the ticket to the ball and I get to attend the event.

 

Whenever I travel overseas which was quite often during my 20s, I will always buy a bottle of alcohol at the duty free shop. I liked to keep a stash of alcohol and grow the collection. When I travelled to Scotland on my solo trip, I ensured that I went to the distillery and purchased a bottle of whisky. What better place to get a bottle of original Scottish Highlands whisky than in Scotland itself. Of course the place where it originated from. I went to a shop that sold only their original brand of Scottish Highlands whiskies and this gentleman there who was an expert in whiskies advised me on the types of whiskies. I didn’t know much about the nodes and flavours; smoky, peated and whatnots, but I got one that I liked and took into consideration the year of make as well. This whisky will go into the collection to grow old and age to depreciate in value. Perhaps one day I will learn to recognise the flavours of whiskies but for now, whisky is not my favourite type of alcohol. I had to lug the heavy bottle around while I explore a bit more of Glasgow city centre but it was worth it as it’s originally from Scotland.

 

With this, I am now able to drink alcohol once again but I doubt I’ll go back to drinking at least once a week. I’ll probably just have it once in a blue moon as I don’t crave for it at all. I don’t feel like drinking but I also don’t need to abstain from it. I’m actually pretty tired of ordering mocktails and I would say many places make pretty bad mocktails where it doesn’t taste like the cocktails version, where it’s nothing more than just sugary fruit juices. I’m healing, I’m happy. I have purged my body of many toxins.