Wednesday, 31 December 2008

A look-back on 2008

Some people say it's good to do self-reflection, others think that looking back on those sad happenings would just trigger grief and sorrow in people.

A friend of mine wrote this to me before: Reminiscence brings about well-being. Indeed, there's some extent of truth in it. By doing mental playback, we can improve on ourselves, and be a better man.

2008 is a year I have gained many new experiences. It's the year we finally completed our secondary school life. It's the year I got my very first job.

My first job really sucked. Not many people know about it in fact, as I had just worked for less than 24 hours before I quit. I worked as a promoter for Maxis, and had to stand outside the shop, approach those passers-by and close sales. That's not suitable for me at all. And out of 10 people I approached, practically none was interested in listening to me. So, I was fed up with the job, and headed to Mid-valley and got myself a job.

So, there I was, as a 'Sales Consultant' in Esprit, Mid-Valley. My experiences working there? Click on this link: my previous blog post.

Or my experience handling different customers? Click here

Then, in March, I got my SPM results. It's a straight A's, not full 1A's though. Well, that's not really beyond my expectation. But definitely, I felt a bit disappointed. Anyway, I just gave it a try to apply the JPA scholarship. Got the interview. And while waiting for the result, I studied form 6. With the hope of getting the scholarship I was kind of having fun in form 6, and not really going all out. I really hoped to study overseas under the jpa scholarship. But it turned out a let-down to me.

Well, it looks like I am destined to do my form 6. It's a pre-u programme, yet life in form 6 is no different from secondary school life.

One big difference between Form 6 and college life is the people we meet. It's a whole new environment at college. Whereas form 6 life is considered sheltered, because we are in school, still bounded by those rules and regulations.

Then in June, I got my driving licence. I first had some difficulties driving manual car. But, after much struggle and effort, now I drive manual car and sometimes speed on the road. Well, it's not good to speed. haha... I got to start changing now.

Also in June, I joined a kem motivasi, 激励营. Wanna know the happenings in the kem? Click here.

Then, those installations of new board of committee for clubs and uniform bodies took place. I got myself a few positions in a few clubs. Speaking of clubs, our LPS will be under the kelab rakan pembaca next year. And that means LPS members will be able to get co-curriculum marks for attendance, other than the 6 bonus marks.

Fast forward to October, we had our end-of-year exam. And I was not really satisfied with the results.

In November, we went to Bukit Larut, a haunted hill as said by some people, to catch bugs for our biology project, which constitutes some marks in our STPM bio paper 3. We did catch quite some insects there. But the main outcome, I believe, is the true friendship we saw in times of despair. Click here to know more. The trip was literally a friendship-tester. And hopefully, we will remember for the rest of our life the good and hard times we ever had throughout the trip.

And this Monday (29/12), I had bbq with my lps friends. It's a big joy bbq-ing with them. I really enjoyed it and I mean it. haha..... Though most of them are 2 years younger than me, I think I can mingle with hem quite well. At least that's what I think, but I don't really know how they think.

Well, that's a very brief account of the happenings in 2008. 2009 is arriving in another several hours.

I have encountered quite many ups and downs in 2008. But it's the never-say-die spirit that keeps me going. I did, and do and will go on believing that if we never give up, we will eventually accomplish our dreams.

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve as long as we work to achieve.

在这一年,我得了很多,也失了不少. 我学习了很多,但也忘记了不少. 不过,人不能因怕失而不去尝试获得, 因怕忘记而不去学习. 人生是个有限公司, 趁我们还有这个能力, 赶紧学我们想学的东西, 寻我们想寻的理想, 追我们想追的梦, 做我们想做的事. 人生无常, 若我们继续迟疑, 我们也许就会因此错失机会. 所以, 别再停滞不前了, 新的一年, 以新的士气, 新的精神, 展现新的自己, 迈开新的步伐向梦想前进! 加油加油!!

Say no more. You ponder on that.

PS :HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my friends!

Friday, 19 December 2008

Be happy!

These few days, I got stuck in some problems. Those problems outwitted me before this. I was totally confused and puzzled in my own thinking. Perhaps, it's simply because I think too much. And I have been quite bored these days at home. My mind was thus occupied by unnecessary and complicating thoughts.

I was quite upset and feeling down these few days, especially yesterday. I can't get myself out of the bewilderment set by my own self. I was completely blank and clueless. CLUELESS!

But, today I have been able to untie the knot in my heart. I am off all those puzzles. I am free from all those stuff. haha... I am really glad to blog about this. I do want to shout out loud, laugh out loud and do everything a happy man will do. The feeling is so good and different from my feelings yesterday.

It's after I played basketball with my 5K classmates that I realised this "happiness". In fact, it's very simple to be happy. Just --------- BE HAPPY!!!


The key to being happy is to think happy and be happy.

Your emotions and feelings are largely governed by your thinking. So, do not think about the things that upset you. Look back on some cheerful events and the fun you ever had. Look for something to do and be focused on the task.

We want to turn grief to joy, frowns to smiles and cry to laughter. But it depends on us to do that. So, get up and move on happily.

There are many other meaningful questions for us to ponder on. Why spoil our day by thinking of those problems. Especially for teenagers, we tend to reflect on the relationship with our friends over and over again. Or perhaps, some will consider their love problems. Don't think too much, the best solution is to work it out (but only after a little bit of consideration on the way to handle the problem...haha).

Listen to some cheerful songs when feeling down.

The following song for example:

Here's a saying: "If a problem can be solved, then don't worry about it; if a problem can't be solved, what's the use of worrying?"

No doubt, we often worry as long as we haven't worked out a problem. That's very normal. But, try not to get too worried of it. Instead of uselessly consuming energy on worrying, why not utilise our energy to think about the solution and do some prayers, so that the problems can be fixed well? Do remember to turn to our own GOD when we encounter some tough obstacles.

A nature's law is that we reap what we sow. We take what we give. Our sincerity and effort would pay off certainly, perhaps in an imperceptible way.

So, when we really give what it takes, we would, in one day, take back what we have given.

Have you smiled today?

Be happy!!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Went watching a movie and got inspired

This Monday, 15th December 2008, I went to jusco with my LPS friends after our duty in the library. In fact, we are not really on duty. haha... as we spent more time chatting.

Hey, mind you, chatting is necessary to maintain a friendship. Humans do need communications after all. *I am getting better at crapping~~lol~~ss*

So, after everyone reached the school, we closed the library and as usual, I had to be the driver. A driver who charge no transportation fees to those passengers. Believe me, this kind of good, generous drivers nearing extinction on this earth. kakaka....

We were going to watch a movie there. The Day The Earth Stood Still.

The movie would start on 2.20pm, but it's already 2 when we arrived. And what's more, we had not had our lunch. WHAT?! haha.. You did not get me wrong. A few of them had actually eaten at home: Jiun Shyan, Vin Roy and Jaclyn. But since the majority of us had not, so we were going to have our meal at KFC first after buying 10 tickets for the 2.20pm session.

I ordered a colonel chicken rice combo, which cost me RM 9.25. And this price had not included the tax. Wow... One of my red note was going to be gone.

When we entered the cinema, it's already 2.40. I missed the advertisements. What?! I was actually very keen on watching those advertisements that usually came before a movie was played, because I seldom got to step into a cinema. Well, I missed it. lol.. I was just crapping....

Ok, we did really miss the beginning of the movie. So, when I had just sat down watching, I had no idea at all of what the movie was about.

Luckily, the opening of the movie was not that important. I managed to understand the movie after a moment.

Well, the movie was not really PACKED with ACTIONS. But it's a very inspiring movie for me.

The movie was to raise the people's awareness to save the earth before the earth comes to an end.

It reminds us of our responsibilities to protect the earth.

It reminds us to change before we reach the end of the world.

Here's a sentence from the movie: People usually change on the verge of a crisis.

But, the fact is, must we change only when crisis is before us? Why must we always wait until the last minute? Why can't we take the initiative and make the change in us?

Yes, when the earth ends, the human civilization ends as well. So, change when we still have the chance.


Saturday, 13 December 2008

Kiss The Rain

I came across this song while surfing the net. I like it the first time I listened to it. The melody is very nice and catchy. It arouses my sadness, yet soothes me. It's comfortable and sentimental.

'Kiss The Rain' by a South Korean piano music composer, Yiruma.

Below is the melody sung with lyrics. I don't think the lyrics are the original lyrics of the song, but together, they make a very sentimental song.

Here's the lyrics:

I often close my eyes
And I can see you smile
You reach out for my hand
And I'm woken from my dream
Although your heart is mine
Its hollow inside
I never had your love
And I never will

And every night
I lie awake
Thinking maybe you love me
Like I've always loved you
But how can you love me
Like I loved you when
You can't even look me straight in my eyes

VRS 2/3
I've never felt this way
To be so in love
To have someone there
Yet feel so alone
Aren't you supposed to be
The one to wipe my tears
The on to say that you would never leave

The waters calm and still
My reflection is there
I see you holding me
But then you disappear
All that is left of you
Is a memory
On that only, exists in my dreams

I don't know what hurts you
But I can feel it too
And it just hurts so much
To know that I can't do a thing
And deep down in my heart
Somehow I just know
That no matter what
I'll always love you

So why am I still here in the rain..

In memory of my dog...

He's a Doberman.

He was always obedient.

He liked putting his leg on ours.

He licked our hands.

He is 'Dobby'.

This Tuesday (9th December 2008), he died.

I saw him struggling for some moments.

And we had to make a harsh decision. A decision to put him to sleep.

I saw him die. Tears filled my eyes.

I was sad. In fact, my whole family was saddened by his death.

He had been a very good dog all this while. He has done his job very well too.

It's time for you to rest, Dobby. I will never forget that I ever had you in my life.


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Just saw an unusual phenomenon... Wow!

That was indeed a memorable day!

It's this monday, 1st of December 2008.

It's the day when I saw very unusual sky phenomenon...

"Go out and see the moon now, got something interesting" This was the sms I received on around 8.30pm that day.

Without doubting if my friend was trying to fool me, I went out of the house and saw the moon. Initially, I wasn't able to see anything interesting. Just the moon. But then, not long after, I saw the bigger picture.

The moon was smiling at me!

Wow... I had got mixed feelings.

The next day, I came to know that the smiling moon was actually caused by the moon, and the planet Jupiter and Venus that aligned to form the smiley. The Jupiter and Venus formed the two eyes of the smiley, whereas the moon made up the charming smile. It's really.... breathtaking scene. 'Wow' is not enough!!

I actually went out to gaze at the smiling moon twice. The second time I saw it, I made my wishes in front of the smiling moon. haha....

(Listen to this song when reading the following. It adds some 'touching' effects.)

The wishes I made were not to be forgotten. I still remember them, and will keep them in my mind. They are not merely wishes. They are my dreams, dreams that I will strive to fulfill. I have stated my dreams in front of such an unusual phenomenon, and I believe that I will have the inconceivable power, drive and energy to accomplish my dreams.

The moon, Jupiter and Venus are three different things. Jupiter and Venus are planets, but moon is not. And surprisingly, it happened that they came together to form a charming and mesmerizing smiley.

And it's even more surprising that, we, in another planet called the Earth, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gaze at such a great phenomenon.

I would rather define this as a miracle. A miracle that happened in reality.

A miracle that gives us hopes when hopes are frail.

This miracle promises us that we will see more miracles to come, if we never give up and we keep fighting till the end.

Mathematicians know how not probable it is for these three different things to arrange into a smiley. And it's nearly impossible for us to really see this phenomenon. But in the past, there were a cluster of people called the 'astrologists' who had never thought about those impossibilities. They just believed. Believed in miracles. Miraculously and successfully, they saw what they had believed in. And they since then found out that this unusual phenomenon happens every 44 years.

Because of them, we saw this miracle. And we'll start to believe in miracles.

Miracles always happen to those who believe in them
. In times of desperation, never ever abandon hope. Try to recall what we have experienced so far. Remember the miracle of seeing a smiling moon. Be patient when we face any crisis, believe in miracles, because miracles are going to happen.

PS: If the moon, jupiter and venus can come together as a smiley, any miracles can happen when we believe and try.


The rules:- Link to your tagger and post these rules. List (5) random facts about yourself and tag (5) people

Random facts
1. I am on holiday now.
2. I often go online this holiday.
3. I am currently doing my Form 6 in SMK Kepong Baru.
4. I am rather optimistic and sunshine. Is this a fact? But at least, I am trying to be so. hehe...
5. I have killed many innocent insects just to complete my biology project. I do feel a tinge of guilt, but I will work hard to contribute to biology in future and make their sacrifices worthwhile.

I don't have anyone in mind to tag... sry~~

About me
Name : Lee Weng Hoong
Name you wish you had : Lee Weng Hoong (I am proud having this name...haha)
What do normally people make mistake of your name? : The 'Hoong' in my name is sometimes pronounced as 'hong', instead of the 'hoong'
Birthday : 14 Jan
Birthplace : In the hospital.
Time of Birth : Forgotten (does it matter anyway? haha)
Single or Taken : wanted but not taken... haha... jus kidding.. still single la..
Zodiac Sign : Capricorn

My Appearance
How tall are you : around 179 cm
Wish you were taller: hope to reach 180
Eye color : black
Eye color you want : black (I am proud with my eye colour)
Natural Hair color : black
Current Hair color : also black
Short or long hair: short
Ever dye your hair a bizarre color : nope
Feeling dramatic with your hair : of course! I feel good with it..
Glasses or contacts : glasses
Do you wear make-up : I am a guy, so nope. haha (I think make-ups are for those metrosexual guys)
Ever had hair extensions : what's hair extension? But anyway, I guess no
Paint your nails : never and never will

In the opposite gender
What color eyes : black, perhaps?
What color hair : same answer as above
Shy or Outgoing : A balance between these two
Sexy or Cute : dono.. i just know that she will drive me crazy and my heart thump crazily fast
Serious or Fun : fun, but not too fun..
Older or Younger than you: age is not an obstacle in true love
A turn on: no comment...
A turn off : no comment...

This or that
Flowers or Chocolates : Chocolates
Pepsi or Coke : none of them, coz I choose 100 plus
Rap or Rock : both as long as it's nice (can I take both?)
Relationship or One night stand : Relationship of course!
Work or School : School for the time being, maybe I'll change my answer in future..
Love or Money : oops, I don't care. I'll take both
Movies or Music : BOTH
Country or City : Don't really understand this question..
Sunny or Rainy days : sunny days... I like feeling sunshine...haha

Have you ever
Lie : Where on earth can we find someone who has never lied in their lives? Exclude babies in this question. (in fact, many babies do lie!)
Stole something: yupe
Smoked : never
Hurt someone close to you : I think yes


Flower : maybe rose? but rose has got many colours....
Candy: no special liking for certain candy
Song : it always changes according to my mood, so no point telling you...
Scent : dao4 xiang1? haha...just kidding.. I have no idea..
Color : blue for now
Movies: don't have
Singer : jay chou, perhaps..
Word : too many to be mentioned...
Junk food : no idea..
Website : my blog >>; youtube
Location: dubai, paris, hawaii, china, korea, japan, and the list goes on...
Animal : dogs

Ever cried over someone : I think yes
Is there anything you wish you could change about yourself : my confidence and abilities. But I don't wish, I will work it out. haha...
Do you think you're attractive : Why not? (This is not an example of narcissism, ok?)
If you had to choose a fairytale as your life what would you choose: no idea.. perhaps, snow white? I'll be the prince...haha
Do you play any sports: absolutely yes!