hair today, gone tomorrow

My friend Peter Tan has finally decided to do the inevitable, this time for charity in aid of the Penang Hospice-At-Home Programme (under the National Cancer Society of Malaysia).

Peter Tan - Hair for Hospice charity

PETER’S GONNA GET A HAIR CUT!!!

It’s about time anyway, goodness knows how much grief we’ve given him about it. Admittedly it adds to his rock star-like allure, but hair that long’s got to be a bitch. And I’m a female, I can’t have guys having hair longer than mine! I mean, WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?!?

Inane jealousy aside, I’m all for Peter doing a good deed for society. Heaven knows we need more pro-crazy-stunts-for-charity people like him to make the rest of us feel better about ourselves that at least, SOMEONE is doing SOMETHING.

Peter says:

I am pledging to shave my head to raise RM5,000.00 for the Penang Hospice-At-Home-Programme. This is removing forty two months worth of uncut hair from my scalp. I have invariably grown attached to them after so many years. It has become part of me, a distinct identity that I have come to be associated with. However, this is all for a cause that I strongly believe in. It is worth the sacrifice.

Because…

It costs RM31 for a palliative care nurse from the Hospice to visit a patient at home. The RM5,000.00 will be able to support 161 home visits. This is only a fraction of the RM290,000.00 that was spent in the year 2004 for such visits. Patients are not charged for these visits and neither are they obliged to reciprocate in any other way. This is truly service from the heart, and one of the great examples of human compassion at its best.

Three other bloggers have decided to shave it all alongside Peter for this worthy cause. By the end of October if the donation gets up to RM5,000, buangmasa.net, Bryan and Sharizal will also sport the Yul Brynner look, albeit not as sexy but still distinctive.

So if you would like to help make the world a better place, feel very free to support or donate to this charity drive – make Peter cut his hair!!! More info can be found at Peter’s blog, info on how to donate here.

It’s gonna look so good, you wouldn’t believe it.

For a mere fraction of a moment I was thinking about going bald in support of Peter the blogbuster. It would be something new, something different, and could perhaps generate a lil’ bit more something seeing that I am a chick. Then R said I would look like an Asian Sugar Lee Hooper.

Suanie vs Lee Hoopers
Separated at birth?

Or people might actually donate money for me NOT to shave my head. I don’t know… what do you think?

the best part of ramadhan

From BBC’s An Idiot’s Guide to Ramadhan:

The reason Muslims fast is to discipline their body and mind. The absence of food and drink and other pleasures provides a perfect opportunity to concentrate on prayer and worship. Not having the luxuries of life to hand makes it easier to reflect on life and be grateful for what we do have. Muslims use this month to start afresh and give their life a new direction.

For a symbolic gesture, it sure is sort of ironic with the many choices of food readily available, probably more in quantity and a lot more different than one would normally consume.

I am of course talking about the Ramadhan bazaars selling all sorts of yummy food and drinks from late afternoons to evenings, found almost everywhere in Malaysia during the holy month of Ramadhan, only once a year and you can’t get this sort of activity/community feel at any other time, your neighbourhood night market doesn’t even come close to it.

But who’s complaining? Not me; I’m not crazy.

Why do some people stuff themselves when the fast is over?

Those who are fasting should deprive themselves of the meals they would normally have during the times of fast but they shouldn’t really eat all they missed once the fast is over as this defeats the whole objective of the fast. When breaking the fast (of having breakfast, I guess), they should simply have the meal they would on any other day. It is permissible to have a more elaborate feast if one if hosting a ‘Iftar’ meal for guests as this is considered a good and noble act, in which there is divine reward.

Since I am not Muslim and I do not fast, that doesn’t really concern me and so I can gorge myself BECAUSE I CAN AND I DON’T CARE!!!

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Yesterday I went to the Ramadhan bazaar at Sri Damansara. I came back a happier, fuller and heavier person.

Ramadan bazaar 01
Clockwise: assorted kuih (cakes), assorted dishes, kuih tepung pelita and I have NO idea what it is in English, keropok lekor which is a deep-fried combination of fish and starch or something like that. It’s teh good.

Ramadan bazaar 02
Clockwise: ayam madu (honey glazed chicken), delish dishes in a row, murtabak, assorted kuih (cakes)

Ramadhan goodies - Tunisia dates
Naturally sweet dates (kurma), normally eaten as pembuka selera. This is my private stash neh neh neh neh neh.

Ramadhan goodies 04
This was my dinner – white rice with ayam masak santan, stir-fried kacang buncis and sotong sambal. There were a few other stuff as well but I ate them all before I could photograph them.

Boo_licious of my favourite food blog Masak-masak went to the Ramadan bazaar at Section 14 in Petaling Jaya. Damien recommended it to me before and told me that it is quite famous for the number and variety of stalls. You can read about Boo_licious’s visit here.

straight out of klia, babeh

As a teen I semi-worshipped Fly Guy of the Lil’ Kev & Fly Guy Hitz fm morning show. He was smart, witty and ever so sarcastic even especially at the crack of dawn. I listened to their show a lot and faithfully bought a magazine (whose name I forgot now) every month because they gave Fly Guy a column. I wrote to him at that mag asking him how to be a radio DJ (one of my now-never-to-be-fulfilled childhood dreams, if you’d talked to me before you’d understand why) and he actually answered my letter the following month in his column… BOY CAN YOU IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT AT THAT TIME!!!

Then I called him one early morning when he was hosting the show alone, he remembered my name, we chatted for a bit (more like he layaned me a bit) and that was that. When he and Lil’ Kev left Hitz FM, I was quite devastated. Not many DJs in Malaysia could match his singular style, though I did ‘discover’ Jeevan (Red 104.9 fm, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm ) much later but that’s another story.

But Fly Guy is BACK! YAY the JOY, the DELIGHT, the BLESSINGS, the GLADNESS… yes I know how to use the thesaurus.

FLYfm broadcasts live from KLIA 24 hours a day (95.8 in Klang Valley) and Fly Guy is on from 6 am to 10 am, just like his old slot back at Hitz.

REJOICE Y’ALL!

And here’s a crappy MS Paint thingamajig as an almost-final tribute to my long time adoration for the satu dan satu sahaja Fly Guy.

Suanie loves FlyGuy

I love you long time!!!

blog nazi

Oh the self-righteous prick that you are, you self-proclaimed all-seeing-eye?

How DARE you bemoan and whine that the state of Malaysia’s blogosphere is becoming a downright bitch?

How DARE you imply that things are less interesting now with bloggers blogging for the wrong reasons?

How dare YOU not give a chance to aspiring pro-bloggers who seek their fortunes in the clicks of wealth that is adsense?

Oh you… you… blog nazi!!!

:P

And yeah, I agree with you anyway.