Saturday, February 21, 2009

"His Girlfriend is Below Par"

Last week, I went to Sunway Lagoon with my high school buddies. In the midst of our conversation, my friend John made a comment that spiked me up to write this post.John was telling that me that he bumped into our ex-classmate Mike the other day. He thinks Mike is actually quite a handsome chap, but his new girlfriend is below par. My first reaction was "What do you mean by below par?". He said she looks cao lao* and a little thick. I was really disappointed by his remark due to the fact that he can say that someone's partner is 'below par' just because of their looks. 

*cao lao - hokkien phrase for someone that looks older than they should 

girlfriend below par

If he had said that her looks were below par instead of just 'below par', it would've been no big deal but that isn't the case. I replied him saying "maybe she has many other attractive trades besides her looks or perhaps she is more mature and loving.." hoping to bring out his deeper side but he simply said that his previous partner is better looking. Sigh.

Later on, we went to the wave pool just to chill out and relax. John pointed out a girl and dared Leon to ask for her phone number. Leon refused his challenge and said the girl wasn't pretty. John was surprised by Leon's remark and asked me about the girl's looks. I said "bo sui*". John complained that we are asking for too much. My reply was "I have very high standards when it comes to defining physical beauty but it doesn't mean that I seek for my partner based on that criteria." Leon agreed with me.

*bo sui-hokkien phrase for not pretty

I sincerely think that pretty looks is not all that important when it comes to choosing a partner. Good looks might be all exciting and cool but at the end of the day it is the character and personality that matters. I've met people that have average looks with such great personality that it shines through everything. These people are actually the most attractive beings in the world and not the pretty faces. 

Several weeks ago, right after I told my brother that looks are not important, he reminded me that I used to tell him that a romantic partner should at least look decent.

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You wouldn't want her to look like this,do you?

I did not deny it but explained to him that looks does play its role but it shouldn't be an overshadowing criteria. 

"If a book has a pretty cover, it will make you want to flip it open but one will not buy it just because of its cover, it has to have substance. But a dull cover that has great content might just lie in the corner of the bookshop forever."That used to be what I preached. However, something was missing, is it true that nothing can be done to help the book in the corner? I asked myself. The new me places the last piece of the puzzle by concluding that a book with great content can choose to have a simple but catchy title to do the job. 

We all need kickstarts and after that it is up to you to make things happen.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

R.I.P Sharon 吴君芬

As I was preparing for my update on Valentine's day, I received a text from my ex-colleague Kai Lin.

"Sharon met an accident and passed away this morning..."

That was the exact line in the SMS. The first thing that came into mind was "OMG! Is this a joke?". And then I calmed down and read it again. It won't be a joke, its from Kai Lin. We seldom correspond since we left our working place. Then I told my housemate Andrew about the death of my friend. I called Kai Lin minutes after. I was asking for more details from her and the sadness behind her sobbing voice was apparent.

She was on the way home from her part time job at Starbucks,Queensbay around midnight. She on her motorbike in Sungai Dua when a Honda that was trying to overtake a Rapid Penang bus hit her. She then fell and got ran over by the back wheel of the bus. Her 19 year old life was taken away on the spot.

Sharon 吴君芬 was my colleague when I joined AMD Penang. We were working side by side in the Global Accounting Financial Services Record Retention.

From the photo above, you can obviously see that she was a very cheerful girl. She always appeared as a happy-go-lucky girl. I can still remember when I first joined, Sharon, Kai Lin and I were in the small store room sorting out the accounting documents. She was one of my first few friends in the workplace. I've always admired her honesty. The way she speaks her mind without being afraid never fails to impress me. The sound clip of her laughter is still so vivid in my memory bank and it is as if someone has set the iPod of my brain to repeat mode as I'm writing this post.

My colleagues in Record Retention.

Look at the happy faces of GAFS...

The photo above was take shortly after our Christmas Gift Exchange session. We shuffle the presents randomly and she got the one from me. It was a leather belt. She was happy when she opened the gift wrap.

This was a gathering session at Kompleks Bukit Jambul after she left AMD because school started.

At last, this is a picture that I will never forget. All of us drew this together on Microsoft Paint.

We should all live our lives to the fullest and have no regrets! She won't want us to stop for her, deep down in my heart, I can hear her voice yelling at us:"Go on,my friends!I lost my chance, don't slowdown yours!"

Goodbye,my friend...

Deepest condolences to her family...

For the KwongWah newspaper report click here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Reebok Media Launch

Reebok media launch groupie 4 Went to Reebok's media launch of some pretty good looking limited edition Reebok classic shoes last week. reebok classic limited edition strap on Don't they look awesome? It retails at RM429 at Sole What?,Midvalley The Gardens! missycheerio and logicyuan Camwhore time! Here's Missy Cheerio! ev and logic Here's Ev! Check out the rest of the groupies! Reebok media launch groupie 2 Reebok media launch groupie 3 Reebok media launch groupie 5 Reebok media launch groupie 6 Reebok media launch groupie 1