Just Shut Up If You Don’t Have Anything Good To Say

I sat in a meeting room today with the executive members of a group of companies. They were pretty intent in listening to a presentation by an senior executive of a potential vendor. My role for the day was to arrange for this meeting so that these people can talk to each other and hopefully develop enough chemistry that they will end up doing business together.

The dude, kinda a newbie in Malaysia must have felt a little bit out of place. With his spiffy coat, leather shoes, he looked like every inch of a successful senior executive. The rest of the meeting team members were semi casual.

Coming close towards the end of the presentation, a member from the group started jibing on the ideas presented and continued to yak yak yak yak…..whatever that came out from his mouth sounded far from being intelligent. I almost keel over and wanted to hide. Not only that, he also started to ask the dude why Australia is imposing visa to Malaysians who want to enter?

Dude in suit said, ” I have no idea, I am a New Zealander…”.

I just wish that some people realized how ridiculous they sound when they open up their mouth.

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You Can Never Die Out Of Hunger In Malaysia

George and I used to discuss on how lucky Malaysians are. The Malaysians are blessed with generally good weather all year long, no earth quake or other natural calamity such as typhoon or volcano that threatens to wipe out the entire nation every 20 years or so.

And, food is everywhere. If you were a homeless, you can go any of the soup kitchens in the city, or step into any of the worship houses – the mosques, Hindu temples, churches or the Buddhist temples, you will be fed.

If you were travelling over the weekend, you will see plenty of weddings in the kampungs (village). The kampung folks are pretty generous lot. Hungry? Just stop at any of these weddings, give a courteous hello to the host and you will be invited to eat the wedding feast. Now, dont complain about the lack of cutleries as almost everyone will use their fingers. But hey, it is hearty, good delicious food!!

Spoil for choice, you can eat almost anything from any country at almost any time of the day. You want Russian, Swiss, Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Swedish. As long as you are willing to look for these places and pay…

Or,  budget wise, you can have breakfast from as low as RM2.00 (about USD 66 cents) will give you one crispy roti canai with curry on the side and your choice of coffee or tea. Take dinner meal for instance. You can have a decent meal for less than RM10.00 As for me, a simple fried rice and hot tea will be around RM6.00 (about USD2.00).

Recent weekend short trip brought us all the way to the Sekinchan, Selangor. We stopped by at the various stalls selling fruits and local food and was impressed at how entrepreneurial these folks are.

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Honey bbq chicken wings at only RM1.50 per piece.

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Refreshingly sweet cendol – shaved ice with creamy coconut milk topped with brown sugar and preserved fruits. Only RM3.00/bowl.

Windshield Wiper

It was raining heavily on the street. The windshield wiper was working furiously so that I could see beyond the rain that splattered across the screen.

Blasting from the radio was some music that I could barely decipher. George was at the passenger’s side lost deep in his thoughts.

I could see the traffic light went red and I stopped.

The combination from the music and the rain drop were hypnotic that my head automatically went along with the movement of the windshield wiper – to the left, to the right, to the left, to the right.

And I turned to George.

Saw him bobbing his head too.

My true Soul Mate;-)