Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shay's Day ♥

The whole story below is actually an email I had received & kept at my mailbox for a year & I read it this morning again & I decided its a story worth sharing. Its really meaningful & touching to me as well. Although its a bit long, please take some time off to read it if you can. It takes only a lil' bit from everyone to make a huge lot of difference. Most of my friends who are in my email contact's would probably had receive a mail from me this morning but for those who haven't, take a look at this. A simple thought can make a big difference & make he world a much better place.

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they’ll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all teammates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

‘That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!


We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you’re thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you’re probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the ‘natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My thoughts. My words. My decison.

Been doing lots of "chit-chatting" these days, where its deep heart-2-heart talks or blowing water. The last conversation I had would be the one with Nen, who told me the shocking news regarding his mom & her current condition. My advice would still be the same "Take the next flight out of Penang & take a taxi to the hospital now". What about the consequences of this action huh? My answer would be "To hell with it!".

Some of you people might think I'm a very rush-headed person. Might think it would be better if I take a deep breath & think properly before putting it into action. In fact, its true, that would be much better than just rushing into things. But life is never that way, time will never stop ticking, waiting for you & your precious decision to be made & then only the actions take place. By the time your decision is made, it might already be too late. I'm sorry to say, but I lose faith with the words "It's never too late for anything". I use to be one who will sit & think first, the calm one, but after all I had been through, I had learn the hard way that not all situation will allow me to do that & it leaves me with regret. I don't have much regret in my life but I do have a few which was due to "I was too late". Please judge & act accordingly to the situation. It differs.

Which leads me back to me & some troubles I had been facing these days. I'm grateful for all the precious advice my friends had given to me & I had think it through. I'm sticking to my decision, even though I myself know its dumb & what the risk is & how it would probably end up as but I know, if this remain, I might be happy for today, tomorrow, next week or maybe even next month but still, at the end, I know it leads to my own grave as well. I had decide to take action then to sit aside & enjoy what I have now although this action will put me at high risk losing what I have now but if its meant to be mine, it will be. If its not, one day, all these will leave me too. I will accept all the consequences that this action will leads to. I don't want to leave it as something I'll regret later on.

Life is too fragile, no matter how much you precious it. You never know what happen the day after & you will never know. The pain might be unbearable, but the pain is a process which you must go through in life, a process that will shape who you are going to be in the future. I'm afraid of this pain, I had been through it before & know how it feels like, it feels like I'm in hell, or maybe even worst than that. I know some might think I'm foolish, risking myself to all this pain when it is avoidable but I had decided that this would be the time I would try once more, risking the "fake" happiness I have now for the "true" happiness. I don't want to stay in this grey area any longer. It is torturing me.

I know the worst consequences & the probability of it turning out to be that way but maybe I'm just hoping for that teeny-weeny 1% of miracle again. For one last time, I choose to believe in miracle, wishing it to happen on me.

Always remember, life is too fragile, please try to live it with the minimal regrets.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Super rawsome weekend ♥

This weekend happens 3 weeks back & it definitely hit one of my best weekends. Many of my beloved was back, no dramas, no fuss, nothing bad. I want more weekends like these pleaseeeee? *praying hard* And the best part *or maybe not* is I took a day off work on Friday because one of the beloved is only back for 3 days & free on the day itself. And I could sleep in till noon for the weekday hence the weekend started on my Thursday night, which was the night I went spoiling myself *& fattening myself* with the Japanese food with my babe & kitty which I had blogged on a seperate post here.

Woke up after sleeping for more than 12 hours, showered, laze around the house, doing nothing much & after preparing myself, I sat waiting for Nen like a moron *was a lil' pissed off at 1st but after hearing his explanation, oh well, I'm fine* so I decided to camwhore lar sikit.

Smiley face ♥
Chu ♥♥
Since Nen was sick, I decided its better for him to get more rest first so I headed to La Bodega @ Pavilion to meet up with my beloved Kenry Lo for wine session. He was craving for a particular red wine *which I ended up falling in ♥ with* & I was craving for ANY red wine *yes, red wine is my life*. Looking at this picture is making me miss him again =C
Choice of food on me, decided to spoil myself even further with foie gras on baguette ♥♥♥
Choice of wine on him, picture too dark but its a medium-bodied-Spanish-wine & it taste really good at a surprisingly low price!
And there's this cute lil' bull at the bottle's neck, dangling there!!

Down the bottle of wine & headed to Zouk to meet up with Nen & Ken & Frenes *there's seriously too much Ken in my contacts* where the sick boy is awake & heading towards to.

The ergh-a-lil-psycho-brothers ♥
Ken & Nen
♥ Frenes, Ken, Nen & Cristine ♥
The only one missing from the picture will be Tung Tung *Ken & Frenes's baby daughter* Maybe we should seriously consider Zoo Negara & Butterfly/Botanic/Bird Park as our next trip weih.
As usual, they do silly stuffs where both of them understand well enough.
And Ken's shoe. Seriously, he's entering camp next month & I'll be in Hong Kong at that time. Argghh. For 2 years? Going to miss him like mad, all of us never realize that this "fun" talk would ended up as reality eh? Work hard Ken!
And I seriously had no idea why would Ken look so fierce. By that time we had left the mainroom & enter to Phuture & I guess it must be the R&B pissing him off.. Or maybe the crowd..
The long-time-no-see-friend, Ken *another one..* spinning for the night =]
The crowded dancefloor which make us run back to mainroom & the moment we stepped into it, the progressive & house makes us into happy children again ♥
Dropped by at Velvet to find Kim. And a random guy from Aussie too where we spend time talking about Australia. Eeeks. Me wanna go back there soon to see my friends, family & coming-soon-niece!
Headed yamcha with my Subang peeps after at Banana Leaf @ Centrepoint. Practically everybody was there. Lol. Evonne, Andrew, Tiong, Juice, Boy, Julian, Mark, Ming Yu, Jee Sern, Ashley, etc... Too many to be listed.
I miss this buddy of mine larh. His sleeping time now completely opposite of mine, the chance of meeting him is so-so-so slim! Mark Tan, if you're reading this, you promise to find me for lunch weih!! Wake up!!
Was planning to do some other stuff but, oh well, ergh better leave it this way. We was trying to be wicked & create a fuss for him maybe? Ended up lim teh till like 5ish or 6ish in the morning? Bed time!

Woke up on Saturday, had some stuff to do during noon & dropped by at One Utama later for quick-bite/late-lunch with Kim & some of her friends in one of my favorite restaurant, BBQ Plaza. Shopped for a few dress after that ♥ Shoooppppiinnggg.. I got a whole list more of things I need to get, anyone in for it?

Me & Kim

Headed back to Subang after, dropped by at Yang's saloon after & had a quick talk with him & Angel. Next round, Zouk *again..* to meet up with Ken *the 3rd Ken in a single post*. Yesh, he's back to KL for a month from South Africa & is currently dominating Pacman @ OUG again *Just had breakfast with him this morning, where he had been awake for the whole night in his Pacman again!!*
Introducing you my notti baby boy ♥ *oh wait, it was 2 years back or maybe 3?* Once was baby boy then. Lol.
One of my very good listener, Sam! Definitely one of the friends to talk to when I need advice or someone to listen to me go yaadaa yaadaa yaaaaadddaaaaaa..
The appointed "photographer" of the day, holding mine & another girl's camera, Benny!
Me & newly single Samantha. She's way much better now compared when I first knew her years ago, where she always seem down & stressed-up in a way.
The 3 of us who danced the night away at the over-crowded dancefloor which make us run away from it after 30 minutes & never returned!
Grumpy me. Must be because I have no alcohol & she have one ♥
Ken♥ Me♥ Samantha♥
Sam' *look damn cool right* & Ben'
Spot the Dj for the night? Yesh, its Ken again ==" Guess he's working in Zouk full time now. Lol!
Pictures courtesy from the other camera, according to Benny, this picture Ken looks like he's some superstar with all the "fans" flocking to him, asking for signature!
And I have no idea why I took this picture, or what I'm supposed to be doing at that time!
Damn cool right this picture, like they are picking some fight or something. Sam & Bao!
The husband & wife. Always so lovey-dovey♥
Some other random shot.
Only one guy was sober enough to realize a picture is being taken!
Part of the crazy OUG group ♥
Another shot of me & Ken. Am going to miss him much when he's back to SA but wait, he gets to watch World Cup this year! Unfair!
It was 3 when this shot was taken but as you people can see, its still so crowded! Nobody wants to end the night! Headed back to Murni after that to join some friends for supper & bumped into Mark, Ming Yu & Ashley again ==" Such a small world. Headed back to the crib after that, had some long talk while fooling around & a very very very good night of sleep. Missing those nights.

Woke up the next day, same routine, Old Town for our breakfast/lunch/high-tea at 5ish in the noon & more long talk. Drove all the way to Midvalley to meet up with Ken again at night for dinner with his family. Get to meet Stacie, she's all grown up compare to the last time I saw it. Overall, the weekend was superb. Can't wait for another one of these amazing weekends ♥

Monday, January 25, 2010

Korean Sensation ♥

Me and my idiotic, stupid, moron, beloved bastard who pandai pandai flew back all the way from Melbourne for only frigging 17 days decided to put our Korean dinner plan in motion, which must be two Thursday back *ergh I just know its his last Thursday @ KL, I'm bad at keeping track of time, like how I messed up Tommy's farewell/house-party between yesterday & next Sunday*. Was planning to bring him to the one I always dine in SS2 but I'm sad to say that the food quality is getting worse for the time being so it my next choice would be Daorae @ Taipan which I usually dine in at during noon because I'm too lazy to be too far off from Sunway or getting stuck in a jam *I still remember the breakfast me & honey had there. Lol. Fond memories I have there..* So off we headed to Taipan where we first stopped at the balloon shop for party needs for Sook Lee's birthday tomorrow. Being the organiser while working another full time job is indeed hectic! Spend some time fooling in the party shop then decided not to drive like Malaysians but walk like the Aussies from the balloon shop to the restaurant *it's really quite far* & now the bastard can announce in a loud & proud voice "I walked in USJ before!"
Introducing Ke-en-ri-ii-Lo-oh ♥ Passed by a kuih-muih stall outside the restaurant & he wants some Malay kuih so there he is, trying to ergh lick it off?
The 2 of us ♥ Am missing him much.. All the heart2heart talk & also of course, our all-nonsense-crap-吹水-session.
The drink of the night! Soju!! Too bad, there's no "Chamisul" *hope I didn't spell it wrong* They only have "Chum-Churum"! Alcohol + nicotine sticks+good food, that made my night =D
The amazing friend trying to pour me a shot when I have work next day. I miss our drinking session with all those drinking game we play back when we was at Melbourne. Argh!!
All the finger-licking side-dishes "ban chan" they serve & its definitely the first time trying shell-thingy-aka-see-hum korean style ==" First them they serve it =="
BBQ Korean! One of my favorite food ♥ 1st dish, bbq pork "dolsot sam gyup sal"
Kenry's favorite & must have all the time, "sundubu chigae" & apparently this is one of the toughest one to cook because the sauce required by this soup is really hard to get!
My favorite bbq beef "bulgogi"
And on-the-house steamed egg =] I wonder what he was doing back then, looks like he was carving the egg or something ==" Concentrating to the max with the oh-so-serious-look on his face!
And I camwhored when my favorite friend went ot the washroom..
Poser betul. Blame it on the alcohol effect =X
Spotted coming back!
Another camera-whore. He definitely ain't afraid of posing for the camera. That's my boy =D I still remember the time when we was walking on Swanston Street, how you taught me to light up ciggie for the statue. Woots!

That was the last night I saw him. Can't wait to plan my next trip to Melbourne during the winter =P Korean food anyone? My korean-food-kakis are leaving one by one!!!!!!!!!!!

A lil' message for my oh-so-dear Kenry Lo: First things first, make sure you get your job as the bubble-tea-maker/seller so that when I'm there I can have bubble tea with lots & lots & lots of bubblesss in it ♥♥ And I guess its time for both of us to work hard on our studies, no more fooling around, we wasted enough time =] We definitely had our share of fun! And I'm going to miss you like mad again since you're not here, although we don't see each other everyday but its truly comfortable to know you are nearby when I want to talk to you you know? And not to forget cheaper telephone rates.. Whether its kimchi or "xiao-long-bao-小龙包" or Taiwan-sausage you like, just go for it, do what it takes to makes you happy. Lol. Sometimes, its good to let the hurtful past be past & the important part is, lesson learnt! Don't go repeating the same mistake twice, the 1st time it happens, it can be an accident, the 2nd time it happens, you still can be considered not careful enough, but the 3rd time it happens, you're being plain stupid, the 4th time, you're foolish & oh well the 5th time, you are just plain "bak-chi". So I guess its time for both of us to get a grip on our life & let's pre-toast to being success in the future, whether its family, friendship, studies, career or/and relationship. I truly miss you a lot my friend ♥