cracker: a bragging liar

~ definition by Merriam Webster

... I lie, I brag, I boast naturally... so please don't get serious about whatever I say or write :)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Just my Luck


Yes, I just get my car washed… and yes it rained… and it rained immediately after the car was washed and was ready to be drive out from the Car Wash… sigh! What else can I say?

After the car wash… I drove the car to the Service Centre for a routine service… and guess what, it rained heavier…


There goes my RM6 car wash!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Favourite Christmas Present

Magnetic Book Marks… music style… Love them!


Thanks Boong… from all the gifts you have given me over the years,
I realised you have known me better and better… I hope I’d be able to give you something you’d really love too one day…

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hong Kong Porridge in KK


Missing Hong Kong?
Come to Wisma Merdeka Ph II!

Although I have yet to “test” their porridge…
Just look at the crowd and the queue and you’ll know they must be GOOD!

Must try the porridge one day!

Little Dan and Sis

dan and sis 

Little Dan “tucked in” with his new toy… Sis!

Aren’t they adorable? :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Farewell Party…

This year, the Firm sees a couple of off to their retirement,
then, there is an LA who decides to move on… and another LA decides to join the “big family”…


This is indeed a friendly firm to work with… but at the same time, it could be frustrating when a lot of things are not done up to standard! Taking calls for eg, till now lawyers are passed calls without knowing who is the caller! Ever!

Just a “F, line 8”… sigh!

Some times, staff may even step over onto the lawyer’s boundary… dictating what a lawyer should do… draft letters, prepare bill:

“F, my boss ask you to draft this letter.”

There are also times when you tell them to do certain thing certain way which is the right way, they say:

“But all other lawyers do it this way…”

But all and all… they are still easy group of people to work with. No one is perfect, and me included!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Why I hate Politicians

Read the news below {text in red were my personal thoughts}:

Legal profession precedent
(Published on Daily Express: 10 December 2009)

Kota Kinabalu: The definition of who can practise law in Sabah saw a historic precedent {what historic precedent, it’s written law under the Advocates Ordinance that a person is deemed to have Sabah connection if he/she is born in Sabah, we don’t need a precedent to establish the law} being set Wednesday when the High Court here granted an application for admission by a 27-year-old Sabah-born as an advocate of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak.

Judge Datuk Clement Skinner said the applicant, Wendy Chan Poh Lu, whose father is a Bruneian and mother a West Malaysian, is qualified to practise in the State because of her birth in Sabah, thus dismissing objections from a senior lawyer.

"I therefore dismiss the objection because by virtue of her birth in Sabah, she is deemed to have Sabah connections which is the sole criteria for admission as an advocate to the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

Chan, who was born in Kota Kinabalu, stayed in the State until Primary 5 before moving with her parents to Brunei. She read law at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Laws and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Training (Professional Legal Training) in 2008.

She did her chambering with Alex Pang & Co here this year. Counsel Puan Sri Marina Tiu, in proceeding with the objection from counsel Christina Liew, who was not robed and therefore could not appear before the court, contested that the applicant although born in Sabah is not entitled to a Malaysian citizenship and, therefore, not a Sabahan in particular. {Who is she to object? If the AG and the SLA has no objection… who is she to object? Why no need object to the fact on what locus she is allowed to object?}

"The petitioner's father is a Bruneian and not a Malaysian while the mother is a West Malaysian. Therefore, under the immigration law, the petitioner is in fact not entitled to a Malaysian citizenship, in general, and she is not a Sabahan in particular," said Tiu. {The Advocates Ordinance didn’t require her to be a Sabahan… just need to establish she has Sabah connection!}

She argued that under the Advocates Ordinance, a person must have Sabah connection in order to qualify for admission to the Bar in the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. {Which she has by virtue of the fact that she is born in Sabah}

She also said the constitution provides as to who can stay and work in Sabah, and the fact of the person being born in the State alone should not qualify the person under sub-section (2)(a) of the Advocates Ordinance.

Tiu submitted that the objection is to protect the integrity of the Bar and to prevent fly-by-night lawyers from coming in to practise in Sabah but residing outside Sabah.

"If this petition were allowed, it would create a dangerous precedent which would allow non-citizens to apply and to be admitted to the Bar. In theory, even the children of the holders of the IMM13 document (which gives the holder a refugee status and gives the holder the right to stay and work) to apply and be admitted to the Bar.

"It's a matter of public concern because even an illegal immigrant who is born here and we have millions of immigrants here who can qualify under paragraph (2)(a) provided he also satisfies the other requirement in the Ordinance," said Tiu. {Yes, if the illegal immigrant managed to pull through law school and managed to secured a chambering place in a local firm… that’s a miracle already then what’s wrong with admitting the person? By the way, if a person is born in Sabah, can he/she still be considered “illegal immigrant”?}

Meanwhile, Sabah Law Association President Datuk John Sikayun stated that they did not object to the application because on paper the applicant had complied with the requirements under the Advocates Ordinance that she was born in Sabah. {Ya, who would check the lineage of a callie? Whoever are the parents, is the matter relevant at all?} Sikayun acknowledged the applicant is a holder of a Sabah identity card. But he expressed concern that the Advocates Ordinance is outdated and that it needs to be amended.

Under the provision of the present Advocates Ordinance of Sabah, the qualification to be admitted as an Advocate is that, the person applying must have connections.

Under Section 2 of the Ordinance, a person can only have Sabah connections if the person is born in Sabah, has been ordinarily resident in Sabah for a continuous period of five years or satisfies the Chief Judge that here or she is at the time of the application domiciled in Sabah.

In responding to Sikayun's submission, Skinner said the Sabah Advocates Ordinance was enacted in 1953 when it could not have been foreseen the problems which have been highlighted during the hearing of the present objection.

However, Skinner said: "It is my view that the remedy does not lie in this court but in the legislative process."

He earlier said that it is expressly stated in Section 2(2) of the Ordinance that a person "shall be deemed" to have Sabah connections if that person satisfies any of the three conditions.

"With this deeming provision, as the law stands at the moment, once a person is born in Sabah, he or she is deemed to have Sabah connections.

That is a statutory deeming and I see no further requirement that the person must go on further to prove that he or she is entitled to Malaysian citizenship.

"As far as being admitted to the Sabah Bar is concerned, once it is deemed that a person has Sabah connections, the requirement of Section 2 (2) have been satisfied," said Skinner.

Chan was among the 11 lawyers admitted as advocates of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak.

The other ten were Doris Ng Chuan Rong, Feona @ Mechelle W. William, Jovena Lo Ziping, Sophie Lim Meow Yin, Chu Wen Ling, Rachel Jane Ongkili, Larina Wong Shiao Yee, Norlaily Anuar, Chong Chun Kiong and Zahrah Mohamed Fowzi, all of whose applications were not objected to by Sikayun and State Counsel Dayangku Fadzidah Hatun Pg Bagul of the State Attorney-General's Chambers.


I have had a very bad impression of this particular politician at the last SLA AGM… this is the second time she disgusts me. I think she just object to get her name in the news… sorry, I am not impressed at all.

I really don’t understand all the fuss about having “other people” practising as lawyer in Sabah… as if it’s such a privilege to be called a Sabah lawyer… for God’s sake, my pay is less than a factory worker in Singapore!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Living with Laimee


My pal who is now working in Singapore….

Oh… I miss those juice… SGD2.50 only okay (don’t be stupid and attempt to convert to RM)!

Every time I visit Singapore, I will be more depressed over the fact that Malaysians employees are being underpaid!

Our cost of living is as expensive as Singapore (at times Singapore is cheaper especially when it comes to imported goods) but our pay is just blatantly pathetic!

A factory worker in Singapore earns SGD2,000 a month
which is more than a lawyer in Sabah who earns RM4,000 a month (ie SGD1,600)!

Don’t tell me things in Singapore is expensive, it’s only expensive to RM earners!

As the cost of living in Malaysia and Singapore is about the same… imagine a lawyer who earns a monthly pay of SGD1,600 pay living in Singapore… although just for a short term of 5 days… I was BROKEN!

This is the long “breath-taking” route LM takes everyday to the nearest MRT station…


Singaporean OL can afford breakfast like this every morning because it’s only SGD3 thereabout (WARNING: DO NOT CONVERT TO RM).


Food court food is a bit more pricey but for a bowl of SGD5 beef noodle like above, the portion is big enough for two diet conscious girls to share.

Dear Singapore Shopping


Don’t ask me how much I’ve spent… it’s a small figure in SGD… but in RM that’s another matter… this is the first time I came back from a trip without much cash left… Singapore… is not a place for a ringgit earner to spend the worthless currency.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Heavy Weight Professional Photographer?


Gosh… carrying all those lenses around his waist must quite a burden… 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

MAS Meals

On flight route from KK to KCH:


croissant with chicken ham


bun with vege salad

En route from KHC to Singapore, lunch was served with a choice of either chicken bryani rice or fish steam rice.

I had the fish


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Habibi Suite


This used to be an unsightly abandoned grey building… located at the prime area of Signal Hill… and what more at its peak… it was so sad to see the building being in disuse like. Every working day, when I pass by the building, I will give out a sigh!

Mom told me, the building was built in her school days… and she has a photo of herself and her friends posing in front of the very building during construction back in the year of 1958! Which means this building is at least 50 years old!


I’m glad to see that now someone has finally refurbished it. Although I have no idea what is Habibi Suite (service apartment? motel? hostel?) or who owns it…

Friday, November 27, 2009

Gum Ulcer

After suffering a week of teethache, a big ugly ulcer showed up on the gum just above my front teeth… Below are info I got from the net:

Gum ulcer is a form of mouth ulcer. Most mouth ulcers appear on the inside part of the cheeks, though they also are found on gums (gum ulcer), under the tongue, and the inside part of the lips. These are quite small to look at, but extremely painful often making drinking and eating an ordeal.

There are many things that are believed to cause mouth ulcers - viruses, weak immune system, Crohn's Diseases, acute gastritis, stress, hormonal changes in the body, allergies and so on. Doctors usually recommend that you take an allergy test to find out whether the eruption of mouth ulcers is due to any allergy or any other reason. Vitamin and mineral deficiency also are known to cause this problem and this can be treated by simply making up for the deficiency with the help of health supplements.
There are times when you would be unable to identify the exact reason that causes your gum ulcer. At such times the best approach is to use herbal or natural remedies for your problem. There are many such cures out there that would provide you fast relief no matter what causes the gum ulcer.

…. I have been on starvation mode for nearly a month, maybe that’s how I got Vitamin deficiency?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Japanese Nightmare Food

There’s this Japanese restaurant in Palm Square… heard a few friends talked about it… but I’ve never eaten there until now.

Food looks nice but taste not up to my standard…. and a bit too pricey… we had about five plates of sushi and that costs us more than RM50 already…

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This will be my first and last visit to this restaurant…

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Me? A Potential Litigator?

Attended a client today who reads face…
the minute she stepped into my room she exclaimed I got very the aura of a righteous person and asked me if I take up court cases. I told her I am just a conveyancing lawyer.

She said, “What a pity, if you’d become a litigation lawyer you will be very successful!”

When she sat down she also said I must be still single, she said can tell… arrrrrrgh! So I guess I really have no luck in romance or marriage! Now that’s a real PITY!

Anyway, this is not the first time I was told about my being very “righteous”… I remember vividly what my Pupil Master told me once, that he thinks I am a person of integrity. When I asked him if this is a good thing or not for a lawyer. My Master said, it might not be such a good thing for a lawyer. Now, after 2 years plus of practice, I understand what he meant!

My “unbending” character some times get me into difficult situations of upsetting clients I can’t agree to… whenever I met situations where I cannot justify with my conscience or when I can’t tolerate “bad guy win” …

That is why I can’t imagine practising as a litigator…

Saturday, November 14, 2009

SGD dropped 0.015 cents (in RM)

Currency                            Selling        Buying

clip_image001 1 US Dollar



clip_image002 1 Australian Dollar



clip_image003 1 Euro



clip_image004 1 Singapore Dollar



clip_image005 1 Sterling Pound



clip_image006 100 Chinese Renminbi



clip_image007 100 Hongkong Dollar



clip_image008 100 Indonesian Rupiah



clip_image009 100 Japanese Yen



clip_image010 100 New Taiwan Dollar



clip_image011 100 Philippine Peso



clip_image012 100 South Africa Rand



clip_image013 100 Thai Baht



Friday, November 13, 2009

How to Calculate Body Fat Percentage for a Woman

Things You'll Need:
  • bathroom scale
  • flexable measuring tape
  • piece of paper
  • pen
  • calculator


Step 1

Weigh yourself on the scale. You must be truthful about your weight to get an accurate percentage. Take your body weight in pounds and multiply it by 0.732. Record your answer. Now take your answer and add 8.987 to it. This is your #1 answer.

Step 2

Measure your wrist at the fullest part. Take the measurement in inches and divide it by 3.140. This is answer #2.

Step 3

Measure your waist at your naval. Take this measurement and multiply it by 0.157. This is answer #3.

Step 4

Measure your hips at the fullest point. Multiply this measurement by 0.249. This is answer #4.

Step 5

Measure your forearm at the fullest point. Take the measurement and multiply it by 0.434. This is answer #5.

Step 6

Calculate your lean body mass. To do this, add together answers #1 and #2. Take this new answer and subtract answer #3. Take the new answer and subtract #4. Take the new answer and add answer #5. (answer #1 + answer #2 - answer #3 - answer #4 + answer #5 = lean body mass).

Step 7

Calculate your body fat weight. To do this take your body weight (weight on the scale) and subtract your lean body mass (the answer from step 6).

Step 8

Finally you are now ready to calculate your body fat percentage. To do this take your body fat weight (from step 7) and multiply it by 100. Take this answer and divide it by your total body weight (weight on the scale). This final answer is your body fat percentage.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Truth about Hunger

Most of the people think that empty stomach creates the feeling of hunger but this is not true. Hunger has nothing to do with an empty stomach.

For example, a person who has fever may have an empty stomach, but he does not feel hungry. Similarly when a child is born, he does not feel hungry for several days.

When the blood gets depleted of nutritive materials, a message is sent to our brain by our body through nerves. The deficiency of nutritive materials is caused in the blood by the consumption of energy in the routine work.

A sick man remains in a state of rest and consumes small amounts of energy. He, therefore, does not feel hungry for several days.

Whenever there is a deficiency of nutritive food substances in the blood, a message goes to the ‘hunger centre’ of the brain. This centre acts like a brake on the activities of the stomach and intestines.

When the blood has sufficient nutritive substances, the hunger centre stops the activities of the stomach and intestines.

On the contrary when there is a lack of nutrition, the intestines and stomach become active. That is why you can hear your stomach rumbling when you are hungry.


The above information is reproduced from here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Car Showers


After spending RM6 to get my car washed by the “experts”…

It rained… and my car gets a second shower!

It’s like fate… every time I get my car washed,

Calorie Conscious

How many calories does an average person need per day?

The average person needs no less than 1200 calories per day and no more than 1500.

How many calories do I need to burn to lose a pound of fat?

3500 calories is the rough estimate for the energy contained in one pound of fat. This means that to lose one pound per week, you must create a deficit of 3500 calories per week. Since a week as 7 days, that means a deficit of 3500 / 7 = 500 calories per day.

My Diet

My breakfast: Cafe 21 (60 cal)

My meals in between (as at when I feel hungry): Jacobs High Iron crackers (35 cal each)

My dinner: 2 scrambled eggs (170 cal)* + 2 slices Multi Bake white bread (170 cal) = 340 cal

So my daily calorie consumption = 600 cal (more or less)


*Hard boiled (80 cal); Fried egg (120 cal)


Why I prefer to diet instead of exercise?

Simply because exercise is too FUTILE to fight calories!
See for yourself below:

Calories Burned During Exercise **

(1 hr for 130 lbs person)

Jogging: 400 cal
Music playing, piano, organ, violin, trumpet: 148 cal
Walking (2.0 mph, slow pace): 150 cal
<10mph, leisure: 236 cal
Swimming laps, freestyle, light/moderate effort: 470 cal
Walking, upstairs: 470 cals

Jogging one hr only lose 400 cal!
I can’t stay on with an exercise that long!
And I can’t jog, can only walk a slow pace, and for that 1 hour of walking, I only lose 150 cal, I could easily lose the same by simply not eating one meal!

**For a calories counter for other exercises click here

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Motorist with Style


On my route to and from work, I occasionally see this couple on the road… first time I saw this lady, I thought this lady with big bushy hair was  so brave riding on a motorcycle without a helmet!

I saw her again today… so I can’t help but snapped a photo of her… and I didn’t realise then that she was playing with her “blackberry”…


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Seven Sins

Seven sins consists of "Lust", "Gluttony", "Greed", "Sloth", "Wrath", "Envy", and "Pride".

Look at the list… it includes “gluttony” and “sloth”… two sins I’ve deeply committed!

I eat too much and I lazy to exercise!

Hisk… I am a sinful person!
I need to repent!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Tissue RM


Currency Notes

Selling                         Buying

clip_image001[4] 1 US Dollar



clip_image002[4] 1 Australian Dollar



clip_image003[4] 1 Singapore Dollar



clip_image004[4] 1 Sterling Pound



clip_image005[4] 100 Chinese Renminbi



clip_image006[4] 100 Hongkong Dollar



clip_image007[4] 100 Indonesian Rupiah



clip_image008[4] 100 Japanese Yen



clip_image009[4] 100 New Taiwan Dollar



clip_image010[4] 100 Philippine Peso



clip_image011[4] 100 Thai Baht




Seriously, I think tissue paper worth more than RM.

100 yen is RM4 nowadays!
Used to be less than RM3 when I was still working in KL and dreaming about travelling to Japan!

SGD needless to say… before I was born it as RM1 to SGD1…
when I first visited Singapore, I remember the exchange rate was RM1.70 to SGD1… now? We need to pay RM2.50 for SGD1! No wonder Malaysians rushed to work in Singapore (and no turning back)!

It’s even more so pathetic when I convert my tissue RM pay into SGD or Japanese Yen… because I am paid less than a blue collar in those countries!

I just don’t get the economics working in Malaysia… people here work to live? No, they work to pay debts! Car loan, home loan, credit cards… and by the time they finished paying all the debts, there is not much time left if any left!

I shiver to think of my retiring age….