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Today I am grateful for…

Watching the finale episode of Smallville Season 5
It was so exciting! I was kept at the edge of my seat most of the time, it was fascinating. The story of the evil alien wanting to destroy earth… those imagery of the world as we know it in total chaos. It will be a nail biting week until my Season 6 DVDs arrive next week!

Set up my new curtains
My new curtains are gorgeous! I bought two from AMK Hub. It is silk, with floral embroidery in the colour that I like – dark maroon and dark blue. I hung one in the living room and one in the bedroom. It is a wonder how just a curtain will change the look and feel of your living space. It was such a satisfying experience setting them up

Taufik in High School Musical
I was reading some blogs and remember Taufik will be performing with Joakim and Olinda in some charity show. Turned on the TV, and as luck would have it, it was his slot coming up next. Suddenly I realised he is doing the part of my fave Zac Efron. So cool! I was glued to the screen, grinning maniacally at the adaption of the musical. Definitely looking forward to the HSM DVD that I have yet to watch

Washing dirty dishes
Okay I know this might sound lame. I am actually relieved that I did the dishes from the dinner last night. I can’t stand the sight of dirty dishes in my kitchen sink, and yet I am always too lazy to do it myself. So it is usually a perpetual cycle of laziness and disgust. Now they are all sparkling clean, and I am happy

Re-reading the book “Happiness”
What is happiness? How do you know if you are “happy”? How can you be happier? This is an amazing book that I picked sometime end of last month. Now I am re-reading it, and putting some of the ideas in action. One is actually a “daily gratitude journal” – writing down five things you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. Hence this post, and hopefully more post to come.

Happiness Rating: :) :) out of 5

A Divine Encounter

The door was slightly ajar. Red hues of light casted shadows at the entrance. Smell of incense and soft murmuring of prayers filled the air.

As I stepped into the room, the sight of hundreds upon hundreds of Buddha statues awed me. An old woman was sitting in front of the altar. Her eyes were closed, but she seemed to sense my arrival. Turning her head slightly towards my direction, she nodded towards the seat in front of her.

I am entering the realm of the supernatural. And the old woman in front of me was my family medium. We have been seeing her on and off for years.

An unsettling silence settled upon us. I stared at the flickering candle light.

“Your mind is troubled. Someone close to you asked you to me for divine help”

I was startled by her comments, but it was hardly unsuspected. After all, her uncanny knack for hitting the truth every time made my family a convert to her temple.

“Yes, madam. I am here on behalf of my nephew”

“The one who went to Singapore 5 years ago”

Again I was amazed at her strong memory. “Yes, he’s the one”

She contemplated this for a few moments. “I remember him. The one who got a scholarship. He did well in his studies, and now make a comfortable living there. Just as what I told him when he came to see me.”

I nodded in agreement. Not that she can see me with her eyes closed.

“And now he find himself troubled and wonder if I can help.”

“Yes, madam. You see, recently he moved into a new house. An old house. He told me, since he moved in, he has not been himself. He feel odd and uncomfortable”

“Hmmm….”

“He feel gloomy and depressed,” I added helpfully, trying to establish the graveness of the situation.

Madam started chanting, and start to whish the long whip above our heads. On and on it went, the long mane of white hair twirl itself above us, seeking heavenly wisdom.

“Give me his address”

I gave her that.

She continue swishing the whip, all the while chanting and muttering under her breath, After a few moment, she spoke again.

“His house is clean. Nothing unwanted resides in it”

I must have breathed out in relief. “Then what was it that is troubling him?”

“Do you know when he moved into the new house?”

“No, he never mentioned it. I only knew it was about two months ago”

Again she contemplated this.

“He didn’t consult the almanac for an auspicious for his house moving. He moved on a bad date. Either he moved in the first week of the Chinese seventh month, or the final one or two days leading to it”

I gulped, trying to digest this new information. “And you think that is the reason?”

“He rushed into the move. And bumped into something…. dirty. It has been following him since.”

A slight panick engulfed my whole body. Her whip continue to circle above our heads.

“Is he in danger?”

“No. But he will do well to get it rid of it.”

“What should he do?”

She told me.

“Thank you, madam.”

“Don’t thank me. Thank the heaven for the wisdom”

I nodded, packed the grains of rice and amulets into red packets. I left the room after making a small donation to the temple fund.


This story is of my aunt in Malaysia. The nephew was me. The ritual has been carried out. And I felt slightly faint after all the burning and cleansing.

I didn’t know it then, but I moved into my new house the day before the start of 7th month. Just before the gates of hell open, and when wondering spirits can make havoc in mortal lives.

Like mine.

I hope it is gone now.

Smallville’s Best Episode Ever

There is nothing that tug at my heartstrings like a good christmas movie.

In this case, it was more of a christmas episode. Season 5 of Smallville presents Lexmas, a gripping, warm “teaser” that foretold why Lex Luthor made the decisions he will made.

(Warning: Spoilers ahead)

A fatal shotout on Chirstmas Eve landed Lex at hospital in of a coma state which will make him a cripple. As he drifted in and out of conciousness, Lex travelled into the future, as his dead mom showed him what could have been if “he made the right choices”

Lex is married to Lana Lang (!!!) and bore a sun named Alexander. Lana is pregnant with a baby girl named Lily. Clark Kent worked for Daily Planet and seem to be with Chloe Sullivan. Jonathan Kent is the state senator. The Kent regards Lex as part of the family. Lex turned his back to his father Lionel Luther seven years ago and now lead a normal (read: not rich) life.

Disaster strikes when Lana lost a lot of blood when she gives birth to Lily. Lex, desperate to save the love of his life, went to his father for help. His father ignored the plead of his son – as a consequence of his decision not to be a part of the Luthors.

Lex was devastated with grief as Lana die in his watch. He turned to his mother, anguished for an explanation.

“This is a life of full love”

“No, this is a lifelong of pain after my wife dies!”

At this point Lex Luthor woke up for his coma… and made the decision to reverse fate.

“You know the secret for happy ever after? It’s money. And power. With these, everything else can be secured.”

So now we know why Lex Luthor became the fabled villain of the story. Not out of greed or ambition – but because of the love of his life.

Gripping, really. I can’t wait to see the rest of Smallville seasons. Apparently in Singapore the DVDs are available up to Season 5. So I bought the Season 6 off Amazon. I knew Season 7 is airing in the States.

I am so hooked on Smallville – like you cannot believe it!


Images courtesy of Smallville Dedication

In the darkness bind them

I got this from one of my friend’s blog, and found it very interesting:

“Recently one of my friends, a computer wizard, paid me a visit. As we were talking I mentioned that I had recently installed Windows on my PC, I told him how happy I was with this operating system and showed him the Windows CD. Too my astonishment and distress he threw it into my micro-wave oven and turned it on. I was upset because the CD had become precious to me, but he said: ‘Do not worry, it is unharmed.’ After a few minutes he took the CD out, gave it to me and said: ‘Take a close look at it.’ To my surprise the CD was quite cold and it seemed to have become thicker and heavier than before. At first I could not see anything, but on the inner edge of the central hole I saw an inscription, in lines finer than anything I have ever seen before. The inscription shone piercingly bright, and yet remote, as if out of a great depth:

4F6E65204F5320746F2072756C65207468656D20616C6C2C204F6E65204F5320746F
2066696E64207468656D2C0D0A4F6E65204F5320746F206272696E67207468656D20
616C6C20616E6420696E20746865206461726B6E6573732062696E64207468656D

‘I cannot read the fiery letters,’ I said.

‘No,’ he said, ‘but I can. The letters are Hex, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Microsoft, which I shall not utter here. But in common English this is what it says:’

One OS to rule them all, One OS to find them,
One OS to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Amazing stuff. Anyone tried this before?