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i just realised that i hardly know anything about my mom. i never took the time to find out her interest, her past, her life. if someone should ask me what is my mom like, i would probably answer with, normal typical mom who nags a lot. haha. however, if you should ask me what are her hobbies…my mind would probably draw a blank. the one thing i do know is that she enjoys watching travel shows. i guess you can say me and my mom don’t have that kind of a close relationship.

average in a day i would say i spend less than 15 minutes talking with my mom. is that bad? anyway, something tonight made me curious to know more about her life so just now as she was watching television, i made myself a sandwich as a pretence to sit down and watch whatever was showing with her (i was feeling awkward, okay). we were watching some show on china and she started commenting on the place and the subject of snow came up. i said i never seen real snow before and asked if she had. she reminded me that she had hands on experience with the stuff when she was in japan a year or so back. duh, how forgetful am i? i proceeded from there to ask my mom about her life.

my mom originally came from Bintagor where she lived with 8 other brothers and sisters in a small rubber plantation. her family was very poor and she had to help out with the rubber tapping at the age of 7 in the early mornings before going off to school. during that time, simple necessities like shoes and books that we now take for granted are not available to her. before she learned how to use a bicycle, she had to walk to school barefooted and back, most times alone and in the dark. she recalls getting wet under the rain, falling into drains and feeling scared during those walks.

she works between school and during weekends at the plantation and still managed to maintain good grades. after primary 5, she went to Kuching to take up nursing training for 4 years. luckily, this was sponsored by the goverment. she was only 17 when she left home alone. she stayed at the nursing housing (still prominently functioning today) near our General Hospital. she gets by with the allowances from the government. through hardwork and dedication she became a nurse, soon a matron and now a business woman. today she is selling infant milk powder and is an avid supporter of tupperware.

my mom’s brothers and sisters are all scattered in Sibu, Miri and Singapore now. her home back in Bintagor is deserted but her grandma’s little shop is still there. i’m planning to follow my mom down to Sibu where her brother will drive us down to Bintagor the next time she makes the trip there.

do you ever have that wish where you wish you were borned into this world wealthy? coming into this life to have anything and everything you could possibly want? sometimes i do. but at times like these, listening to the hardship my mom had gone through, i feel sad and relief at the same time. sad because someone i love had to bear those hard times and relief to know that she made it through. she makes me want to be better. to work for it rather than have it handed to me on a silver platter.

mom, the likely hood of you ever reading this is zero but i just want to say i love you. i never said it to you in person before, but i know you know. i’m sorry for the hard times i put you through, those times i raised my voice to you and often ignoring what you have to say to me. it’s not really intentional, i’m just being mean and stupid. it’s forever awkward for me to express myself to you.

old habits die hard, so this one is for you.

a quick recap of some notable news for 2006:

March 13th 2006

Bill Gates is still the richest person on the planet.

March 27th 2006

AirAsia takes over 115 Malaysian Airlines routes.

March 29th 2006

The solar eclipse taken in Turkey.

May 27th 2006

Yogyakarta Earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java.

July 9th 2006

Zidane headbutted Materazzi in the chest during the World Cup Final in Germany.

August 22nd 2006

Mr Brown shares with us a harmless podcast.

September 4th 2006

Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter died to a stingray bite.

November 5th 2006

Saddam Hussein sentenced to death by hanging.

November 26 2006

Anshe Chung becomes first virtual world millionaire on Second Life, an online PC game.

December 17th 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is top grossing film for the year.

December 21st 2006

J.K. Rowling announces 7th book to be titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

December 25th 2006

James Brown the Godfather of Soul passed away.

December 26th 2006

Earthquake hits southern Taiwan causing telecommunication chaos.

and with that i just want to say i’m glad to still be here, glad that you can join me. let us look forward to a new year ahead. let’s chock it full of warm fuzzy memories and share that goodness with those around us. let us put on a smile and celebrate the fact that we did not do anything awkwardly embarassing this year like poor underwear boy in 2005.

moving forward with you. 2007 here we come.

gosh i feel old… :-(

whenever i have a conversation with Kenny, more often than not i will end up learning something new. be it that Kenko Diet Plums can be bought at Watsons or that it is okay to enjoy KFC or MacDonalds once a week when your on a diet or that Sharifah Amani said a boo boo which got some people upset (Malays), Kenny is like my very own walking talking information centre. lol. just kidding, i’m just really out of touch with current events.

we had lunch at Aha Cafe located along Ban Hock Road next to Tsui Hwa Lau restaurant. this trendy little eatery is one of the few places i can go to satisfy my craving for healthy delicious food. Kenny used to be a regular here he says, till they took away his set lunch from the menu and jack up the price of everything. aww…

their food is not too bad, seeing as this is my second trip with Kenny for lunch here. this time around i ordered salmon spagetti and Kenny had some wimpy salad (full meh?). our discussion is mostly regarding hang out places like Soho, Mojo and links, past events, his future blog ideas, travelling and diet plans. simply fun to take time out to relax and idle chat with a friend again.

after lunch we parted ways and i headed down to Limited Edition, a shop located along Jalan Song Thian Cheok to look for uhh…limited edition stuff. i was actually hunting for a cologne, specifically Gucci Nobile or Versace Black Jeans. i’ve checked all the major outlets around town the other day including our international airport with no luck. thought i’ll give this place a look see as it was recommended by a friend of mine (whose name happens to be Alex and the owner of the shop is also Alex and me being Alex too! coincidence or just a too common name?).

unfortunately they too do not have them so i ended up getting Hugo instead. it set me back rm180 but that’s cheap considering the normal price for one of these cost more than rm200. the reason for this is because the colognes here are actually testers. but if it’s cheaper and the same anyway, you won’t see me complaining :-)

finally, i dropped by Tun Jugah and got myself a simple black t-shirt with this cute cartoon design in front. haha. i’m a sucker for cutesy stuff. overall, a very productive day i should say. looking forward to tommorrow :-D

it’s Boxing Day and this comes to mind:

now i can’t get it out of my head. erm, thanks Kenny.

i had fun last night. i also received tons of christmas greetings through sms. unfortunately, it took me till now to find the time to send my replies. normally every year, i would mass msg christmas greetings to everyone in my contact list at midnight exactly. couldn’t find the time this year thought.

anyway, let me share some of the sweet greets i got. it makes me feel so fuzzy and warm inside reading them all.

there is the straightforward no frills msg.

the msg with problematic caps.

the one where they don’t remember you (even after meeting the night before!)

the all popular ascii greeting.

the entertainer.

the expressionist…who unfortunately for me happens to be a guy.

i even got a msg from my boss! that’s really a big surprise.

and the one that makes it all worth while.

also not forgetting the spiritualist type msg, where they mention our Lord above followed by unlimited blessing upon us. hehe. but i couldn’t extract that one from my phone for some reason. anyway, big silly grin from me and thanks.

this was my msg to everyone this year. the most special and unique i should think:

Happy ho ho ho’s to you, especially to you, and no, this is not a mass msg. I painstakingly type this individually to each and everyone.
:-)
merry christmas

Cheers and happy holidays everybody!
Love, Hugs & Kisses – Alex Kho


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