Law of the Garbage Truck

Came across this inspiring quote and so decided to share it. Extracted from Jas‘s blog which was in turn extracted from Rain‘s blog. Haha.

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Hey, why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call it: ‘Law of the Garbage Truck’.

He said, “You know, many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage – full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it, so sometimes they’ll dump it on you.”

His advice? “Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t pick up the garbage others are trying to get rid of. If you do, you’ll take it with you and will end up dumping it on people around you, at work, at home, or on the streets.”

If you want to be happy, do not let garbage trucks – your own or other people’s – overtake your day. Let go anything that’s not positive. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Definitely very inspiring to me. But it’s like…if people keep throwing shit, or garbage on me…and I end up SWALLOWING IT…and not releasing it elsewhere(not necessary on people), aint I always full of shit and smelly? Hahahahaha. Hmm….I think I much prefer to release it elsewhere because I truly believe nobody can take shit all the time and like anyone, our trucks will be full 1 day too. I’m not a saint where I can take everything with a pinch of salt and shrug it off. Haven reached that spiritual level. I just have to release them via exercising or doing household chores I think. Haha I feel very therapeutic when I’m washing dishes actually! Because it feels like washing everything(like troubles) away. =) So among all the household chores, I think I like washing dishes the most. Okie put it this way, among all household chores, I hate washing dishes the least.

That’s better. Haha.

Good day!

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Despicable M1

Oh man. It seems I can never get sick of Mariah Carey’s Obsessed.mp3. It sounds so so so good even after looping like 85, 231 times. The lyrics struck me as very funny too especially knowing the background story behind it. Dearie told me that. I’m usually not very updated with gossip news. Haha.

I was damn pissed in the afternoon after a call to M1. My mobile contract with them is expiring in 3months time and as a LOGICAL and practical consumer, I’m looking over all the various phones and offers. And it seems if I am to change a subscriber either to Starhub or Singtel, I dont have to pay a single cent for my selected phone, Nokia E52. If I stayed with M1 instead, I have to pay $148 EVEN with contract. Of course it doesnt make sense. Especially more than 2 friends told me they always give out handphone vouchers to customers so as to make them stay. Why, 2 of my friends got their iphones for just topping up $98 because they got $100 voucher on request. Though I vaguely remembered their subscriber is Singtel.

The first time I called M1, they said they dont have vouchers for the time being but can offer to rebate $50 off my bill after I recontract. However, I need to call in and request again, assuming they hold their promise. But, …am I too sensitive here? Why do I feel they dont even give me the decent respect a customer should have? Call to request again for the $50 rebate after re-contracting? What do they treat me as? Anyway, I called the second time because I’ve forgotten to ask about the porting of number charges, in the event I do need it. Guess what the CSO told me? S$214 freaking dollars just because my number is so damn “lucky” and is considered a “golden” number. That’s downright bullshit because my number is far from being pretty. Just tell me how can 9073 XYYY sound special when not even an 8 is inside my number!! And she dare to claim it’s soOoo “lucky” because of the XYYY. Wah kaoz! I reckoned loudly it’s ridiculous. Moreover I wasnt being INFORMED that it’s a special number when I first signed up. The female CSO was obviously not taking the responsibility and not open for negotiations. Her tone and attitude wasnt commendable too.

I was obviously very angry when M1 stooped to such despicable act of holding their customers when they’re unwilling to offer perks to their customers. You see, they’re giving $100 discount to Starhub and Singtel hoppers on contracted handphone prices and so does their competitors. Consumers have a right to choose.

I think my receipt was somewhere in the house but it’s going to take alot of precious time to dig it out. It has been 1 year 9months! Anyway, before I got enthu with digging, I called up Singtel and Starhub to ask whether they have the model in gold but they didnt. Sigh. Ever since I saw the gold one at the M1 roadshow at Jurong Point, I fell in love with it.

Fine. You win. Asshole. Mentally I declared myself a loser. And a terrible one, for I anxiously called Lin to meet up at JP for dinner, so that no one snatches my phone. Timing was great, we didnt have to wait long for each other.

And…..was…..dully…informed….that….the gold E52 was out of stock.

When instock?

Dont know.

Seriously the CSO there are like…I dont meant all…but mostly were idiots. When I tried to confirm the porting charges again, a plump auntie there INSISTS in a tone addressing me as if I’m a juvenile, THAT, porting charges are supposed to be charged by the new subscriber. I was like, what the??? Sigh.

The people I encountered nowadays just have a way of making me cough blood. Why??? Why do I have to meet more than 1 idiot per day??

Anyway, sweet Lin accompanied me to NOKIA and asked again. This time a guy told me that the gold version is ONLY available in empty set because all 3 subscribers dont carry it.

Sighhhhhhhhh Anti-climax.

Empty handset how much?

$438.

Hello it’s a E series phone!! It’s not touch-screen nor the latest phone whatsoever.

I know people will be scolding how dumb I am if I were to buy it. Of course that’s not the major reason lah. It’s just not worth it, even Lin said so.

But it’s truly a very smart SMART-PHONE leh….loaded with QuickOffice and Sync qualities.

Anyway, the white was not bad but I shall not get it.

I will NOT get the white phone with my heart pinning on the gold one. I know I will never be happy with it.

And with a laugh, I told Lin that this is how I view relationships too.

I will never get together with someone, knowing he’s great in every way, who loves and dotes on me WHEN my heart is with another. Nor will I continue to STAY in a relationship if I realised my heart is no longer at the right place.

But there are such people in this world. People who harbour the intention to find a better patch of land while holding on to the existing safety swimming float, i.e, the existing partner.

Such people really need to get a life and grow up, and stop thinking that the world revolves around them. Strictly self-centered and extremely selfish, they’re constantly denying the love, status and respect which their partners fully deserved. While writing these, I can already think of a few names but I’m very glad some of them are not termed “friends” anymore. I might not have a right to dictate how people should live their lives….however..while I wont comment directly to them, there’s a limit to how deep the friendship CAN go.

Be true to yourself.

Sounds so easy but maybe it aint that easy, for some.

(P/S Had a sumptuous dinner with Lin at IchiBan and a great bitching and shopping session. =D Thanks for making my day!)

Release

I’m really pleasantly surprised by all the various messages/calls from friends who expressed care and concern these few days. Basically most of them took action after seeing my facebook. Lol. A friend even told me I sounded depressed! Hmm……I was definitely upset for the past few days but not to the extent of depressed lah. I was however, very touched with all the concern. Wow, it’s like I’m hardly the frequent damsel in distress to be showered with attention. Usually I’m the female knight in shinning armour, offering my shoulders and ears instead. Lol. It’s good to have a switch. =) I might missed replying a few messages because I was simply not in the mood…but I really do remember where they came from. *hugs all*

Sigh. I also dont know…but I’m like on a emo roller coaster these days. Dearie irritates me almost all the time and most of the time I’m cool with it. I mean, I’m used to his sarcastic, mean, funny, blunt remarks already, reckoned that we’ve been together for so long. BUT, when I’m in a BAD or DOWN mood, or when I’m sick, or when I’m in a very vexed situation, IT CAN BECOME VERY IRRITATING. I will be exceptionally petty, sensitive, dramatic, emotional…anything you can think of. Every little thing can get magnified into a ultra-serious-earth-shattering matter.

Speaking of my health, these few days, I’m really in and out from clinics. Previously I had diarrhoea. I saw the doc and recovered. Shortly after, I began to develop this annoying, disgusting nausea feeling for DAYS. AND I’M NOT PREGNANT LAH. Sigh…after eating the anti-vomiting pills, I got better. Then just the day before, I got very serious flu which I basically blew my nose off. Coupled with dry cough. It was just horrible which basically explains for my unbalanced “mental” state.

Vickki’s skin problems had became pretty serious so it’s causing quite a headache for me too. My kind neighbour had recommended James Tan the vet at Whitly Road. And just arranging dearie to fetch me and Vic there was very tricky too since the man places his work with priority. Of course that accumulated to my annoyance. A pet is like a child. When Vic is sick, I wont be feeling great either.

Next up, the major happening which pushed me to the brink of hysteria.

I suddenly realised…somehow….my kitchen base(an inch high built of tiles, where you built the cabinets on top) had started to leak water. That leaded me to believe that the interior plumbing(below the kitchen flooring) had not been done properly. That’s why water started to seep out from in-between tiles via the cement. It must be the interior plumbing problem as my cabinets were totally dry.

You know what that means? That means, if I were to rectify the problem, I will need to dismantle my kitchen cabinets and tiles!! I almost broke down on the thought especially when we had already moved in. Called the uncle who did the plumbing and he refused to take responsibility because another batch of workers reconnected the pipes after he did the base, a.k.a, another plumber who connected the kitchen tap. He also said he dont understand why all this happened. All this creates massive tons of stress on me. I started to think of the countless possibilities where all this might lead. Do we have to file CASE or find a lawyer or etc? Cost and inconvenience of the renovation ALL AGAIN? How much hacking or dismantling needed to be done? Can it be minimised or it there any other easier way? I was so clueless and had no-one to turn to except calling my previous ID. Sigh…I really dont wish to call him………but I really had no choice.

And all this while, my uncaring hubby was there taking everything easily. It’s like, I feel the WHOLE BURDEN was on me ALONE(since he dont really care whether his kitchen got teared down) and it felt really heavy on my shoulders.

He might be real optimistic or whatever but I’m simply not happy juggling everything lah.

Then suddenly, yesterday, he realised…..actually the tiles didnt leak! It’s merely accumulation of water on the top of the solid surface…which flows down the cabinets at the sides…and hence appeared on the floor tiles as leakage.

I know, now I sound real stupid, worrying for nothing. But alas, everything(solid surface and cabinet) is WHITE, cant see clearly mah!!!

Immediately after that thing is solved, I turned totally “normal” from an emo monster. And everything went smoothly between us. It’s like……….suddenly a mountain was a molehill and the molehill became nothing. But of course I wouldnt say my tantrums on him doesnt do one bit. He has certainly become more attentive and caring to me, FOR THESE FEW DAYS. There might have been tons of things I wished to tell him but never get around to doing it…and I did it during those difficult times.

I’m glad he registered, admitted most of them and was willing to improve. I would say it’s like a catalyst because I suddenly realised I have been accumulating and swallowing all the unhappiness and GRIEVANCES inside me for too long.

A release felt so good. =)

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Sometimes I really cant believe I married a ultra-insensitive and tactless husband!

A leo’s pride is strong. Do tread carefully you idiot.

(P/S Have a feeling that one day I might be arrested for assault. For I experience a very tempting urge to hit him with something hard on the head or smash his face together with his glasses every 2-3 days.)

Cooking is fun

I have been extremely adventurous lately. With cooking I meant. Lol. So far, it has been pretty rewarding. Just look at my waist. Oh no. It’s gone. Haizz…. So far, I think it’s the easiest with sweet and sour flavour and oyster sauce flavour, all thanks to Lee Kum Kee. They have great sauces which make cooking a breeze. But I haven been able to perfect black pepper and teriyaki styles.=( They’re not of Lee Kum Kee brand and no matter how much seasoning I add, they just dont taste very nice. Hmmm…ought to consult Mummy because Mummy’s black pepper dishes are great! Eh actually ALL of Mummy’s dishes taste great! =)

So far the dishes I’ve tried…

1) Sweet & sour prawn
2) Honey Pork
3) Spring onion/ginger codfish/beef
4) Stir-fry shabu shabu beef
5) Stir-fry beef cubes with ginger
6) Potatoe/mushrooms/carrots with oyster sauce
7) Sze Chuan vege soup
8) Japanese curry
9) Asparagus
10) French beans
11) Xiao bai cai
12) Long beans
13) Green bean soup
14) Scallops with egg white and broccoli.

Basically anything which is not being sold readily in nice packaging in supermarkets, I’m really not that brave to try. Even prawns, I got the ready shelled ones. I really dread those smelly unshelled ones sold by grams. Moreover I’m so lazy to shell prawns…so spare me manz. For fish, it’s the same, that’s why I’ve only tried cod fish. Frying has been a breeze with Toyoki deep fryer so french fries, sotong balls etc not a problem.

I really wish to try..
1) Salted vege duck soup (hmm….where to get the duck…I die also wont step into market…)
2) Sambal kangkong/stingray (Cooking sambal stinks…and again..where to get the stingray)
3) Chili or spring onion/ginger la-la(clams) (again, where to buy them)
4) Steamed promfret

Dearie and me have always been picky with food. We only like lean meat and I dont eat all vege. It gets kinda boring after awhile; I dont know cook what. Just have to keep on experimenting.

=D Cooking is fun.

My married life?

Okie I thought this is funny.

Dear Fion Lim, below are Prediction result of Your Future Married Life:
How will you choose your Mr Right? You will make the most of being able to shop around for Mr Right. You love your freedom and will have a lot of fun learning about what sort of man you like. When you do find the guy for you, nobody will be able to keep you away from the church.

Who will be your future Mr Right?:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : Your real-life hero will be manly
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : He’ll be dependable
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : Even financially
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : He will protect you and always respect your feelings
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : He’ll probably be quite a bit older than you

When will you get married?:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You will be very determined and thorough in choosing a spouse
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You’ll study every detail about your man before saying yes to a life of love
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You will eventually make a good choice
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : But you’d better be sure that he’s willing to wait that long

(No leh….he’s perfectly willing to wait LONGER.)

What sort of wife will you be?:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You are a bit tricky
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You might pretend to be a sensitive and caring wife in his eyes
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : But you’ll be ready to laugh at him behind his back and eventually you may even leave him for another man

(what the…………..?!?! Simi PRETEND??!! I AM a sensitive and CARING wife OK! =P)

Will you and your husband have a good time together?:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You and your spouse will choose to spend time on more romantic activities
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You won’t end up quite as healthy
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : But you’ll have plenty of fun going out for drinks
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : Watching concerts or playing cards at home with other friends

What will your children be like?:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : Your kids will be quiet and won’t give you a hard time – they’ll be a joy to have around
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : However
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You should teach them to be stronger and more confident in themselves
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : Otherwise they might grow up to be losers

How loyal are you?:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You get along very well with most guys
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : Sometimes your friendliness misleads others to think that you’re a bit of a flirt
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : But actually you’ve got a loyal heart
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ : You’ll never have eyes for anyone except your beloved husband

Honey, just focus on the last 2 sentences will do. =D