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Apple Samgyupsal - Korean Three Layered Pork

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I was in Taman Desa a couple of weeks ago when I saw this new restaurant called Apple Samgyupsal - three layered pork belly - and told myself I must try it soon. I texted my good friend pork fan Wee Yin immediately and we made our way there today.  Samgyupsal is Korean for 三层肉 or saam cang yuk in Cantonese. And it's grilled over a hot plate.  First, banchan is served. The apple salad is really good.  All these are refillable.  The beauty of this place is that it uses hot burning charcoal.  A hot plate is placed over it.  We ordered the Apple Platter that came with 삼겹살 samgyupsal (three layered pork belly), 항정살 hangjeongsal (pork collar), and 목살 moksal (pork neck or shoulder), 소시지 sosiji (sausage) and 떡 tteok (rice cake).  The scissors provided weren't sharp enough in my opinion and it's a good thing they helped us. The meat are all cut into strips... ... and further grilled. Notice the apple slices... ...for wrapping.  The weather was good alfresco but we were soon sweatin

Sometimes we need to forget

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I have been very forgetful today and it cost me quite a lot of time and resources. But what to do...it comes with getting old.  But being forgetful is sometimes a good thing.  Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory.  ~ James Stephens The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.  ~ Khalil Gibran  The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness. Good thing we have other people to help us remember.  ~ Vera Nazarian As I am both lazy and forgetful, I can't take proper care of too many things. That's why I want to cherish properly the things I love.  ~ Marie Kondō pearlie

Learning Mandarin - the hardest thing I've ever done

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It has already been  two months  since I started my HSK Level 4 Chinese deck and it is tough.  I had it easy with HSK1-3 since I'm quite familiar with most of the words and I only need to memorize and recognize the characters.  But moving into HSK4, I am encountering words I am not familiar with. I have reduced the number of new cards per day from 30 to just 6! Every word and sentence card in Anki comes with 2 flashcards, and that means I'm only learning or reading 3 new cards per day, down from 15 with HSK1-3.  But I'm still finding it tough. I keep forgetting some of the words.  I also keep mixing them up and I am not able to tell the difference between similar looking characters. With that, I have switched off the daily introduction of new cards.  So I am now at zero new cards per day. And it will stay that way until I feel a bit more comfortable with it.  I took time today to view the words in my StickyStudy list and I'm quite surprised I have actually done 179 word

One long day at work

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It is rare these days for me to stay too late in the office but this was what I did today.  After lunch, my boss gave me some last minute things to do. He wanted me to improve a deck of slides that he had created.  And me being me, it has to be perfect and I spent 8 hours turning tables and text into charts and diagrams.  It was fun, but tiring.  And I do hope it is accurate though. I may have been too tired to notice.  pearlie

My favourite communion song - We Hunger and Thirst by Sovereign Grace Music

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We had our Lord's Supper today and I used this song for worship, one of my favourites by virtue of its lyrics and melody although it's timing is so off-beat that I can't sing it without the music score.  We Hunger and Thirst - Sovereign Grace Music I so love the bridge - the cup we drink, the bread we eat, reminds us you are all we need, makes us long for your wedding feast. This is exactly who we are, people belonging to God who looks forward to that day of the Lord.  If you are interested, check it out in the Sovereign Grace Music page  here  where the chord, lead and score sheets are made available. May God continue to bless them as they continue to serve God with their wonderful talents.  pearlie

A Thousand Words #208

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Thank God for Cantonese sermons

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I am now progressing very slowly with my Mandarin learning at HSK level 4. It is very challenging because I am encountering words that are really very difficult.  But amusingly, I am trying to learn them by recognizing them first in Cantonese. I am amazed that I actually know those words in Cantonese.  I suppose the fact that I have sat through numerous Cantonese sermons when I was growing up is paying off now.  Here are a few examples: pearlie

A Thousand Words #208

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It isn't always that I catch up with my old staff but that was I did today and it was a nice catch up with who is now a good friend.  pearlie 

The similarities of the days of the week in different languages

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I was learning the days of the week in a different language when I realised that the days of the week in most languages is based on something.  In most of the European languages, Germanic, English, Latin and Greek: Sunday is named after the sun, Monday the moon, Tuesday of Mars, the god of war, Wednesday of Mercury, Thursday of Jupiter, Thor or thunder, Friday of Venus, of love and beauty, and Saturday of Saturn.  In Chinese, it is as simple as following the number of the day beginning from Monday using the word for star 星, all except for Sunday that is named after the sun 日.  里期一 xīng qī yī 星期二 xīng qī èr 星期三 xīng qī sān 星期四 xīng qī sì 星期五 xīng qī  wǔ 星期六 xīng qī liù 星期日 xīng qī rì In Korean, the days of the week are named after nature:  월요일 wolyoil - moon 화요일 hwayoil - fire 수요일 suyoil - water 목요일 mokyoil - wood 금요일 geumyoil - gold 토요일 toyoil - earth 일요일 ilyoil - sun This makes memorizing so much easier especially when the words for nature are from Chinese to begin with. And it's

Being rubato in life

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Crescendos and Diminuendos, Meditations for Musicians and Music Lovers by Jack Coleman During our choral practice every week, we have a short devotion before we begin based chapters from a book by Jack Coleman on Meditations for Musicians and Music Lovers.  The topic picked for today was on the musical term Rubato. It means, “Robbing” or taking from the notes their strict time value by alternately hurrying, then retarding, for the purpose of expression. It should not depart so far from the tempo as to destroy the sense of rhythm. I did not know that the rubato means to rob. And apparently it is not an easy thing to do musically and if we are not able to do it properly, its best to stick to the original tempo.  But when applied to our lives, sometimes we may want to rob our timing and sequence of life a bit but we need to do so carefully so as not to depart so far from our tempo of life as to destroy our set sense of rhythm. And when we rob  it we also need to return it like when we pe

A Thousand Words #207

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We began a 12-week study on the book of Job

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Knowing the Bible: Job, A 12-Week Study by Eric Ortlund  We started our Covenant Group first meeting today doing a study on the book of Job.  What I find intriguing about covenant groups in my church is that (1) these groups have a lifetime - it has a beginning and an end. Ours will last for 12 weeks and (2) the attendance is 100%. If anyone is not able to make it, we will need to regroup on another day where all are able to attend. With that, serious commitment is expected. And I find that a good thing.  Our first meeting today went along very well with an introduction to what is the most difficult book in the Bible. We also identified for ourselves what is one thing we would like to have clarified by the end of the study. For me, I would want to get into the heart and soul of Job as he suffered through the pain. What went on in his mind and heart? How did he accept what God has done?  There will be much deep searching in each and everyone of us.  pearlie

Battleship Island ★★★★☆

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Battleship Island (2017) I watched this with my good friend Wee Yin today and it was a good and rare movie treat, since I don't often go to the cinemas.  It is a historical fiction about a forced labour camp in Hashima Island during the Japanese occupation period where Korean men were conscripted to work in a coal mine and women were used to "service" the Japanese men.   The movie was about 2 hours in length and a star studded one as well with Hwang Jung Min, So Ji Sub and Song Joong Ki, not forgetting the excellent 11-year old Kim Soo An. She and Hwang Jung Min, I must say, stole the entire show.  The movie was good but as how a reviewer has put it, which I totally agree, it is "technically accomplished, (but) narratively impoverished." (Justin Lowe,  The Hollywood Reporter ) There are parts where it is hard to watch but the scenes were very well done and executed. However, I find the plot a bit too choppy in the middle and the characters not well-developed eno

Which do you think is the most important of our five senses?

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To me, the most important of all our five senses is sight.  I went to the ophthalmologist today and I thought the wait was long and so I fished out my phone and started doing some writing. Halfway through, my name was called and they wanted me to do an eye test before the doctor arrived but my eyes were already affected.  Hence, they told me to rest me eyes for ten minutes before taking it again and what a long ten minutes it was!  I didn't know what to do with it. Everything that I wanted to do to pass the time required sight but I can't so as not to strain it.  I realized then how important it is for us to keep our eyes healthy. I used to have perfect eyesight until recently and I did feel that the quality of my life have deteriorated somewhat.  What more with our elevated use of devices and computers, all the more we need to be careful to take care of our eyes.  pearlie

Talent Ecosystem Conference 2017

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We were at the Talent Ecosytem Conference 2017 today. The topics covered for the conference in forum style format include: - Defining the Future of Learning - How to a Harness the Power of Multi-Generational Workforce - Design Multi-Generational Employee Experience Journey for Transformation - Future of Work: Preparing Organizations for the 21st Century Workforce - Digital HR: Transforming the HR Delivery Model - Build Value in Employer Branding Having a forum format is quite a good way to go about it because it's more candid and when the forum lead is a good one, it keeps the topic interesting with the forum speakers and audience engaged.  Here are some of my takeaway from the sessions: - when we go digital in HR, we have to consider the digital literacy of our employees, which may be viewed by age group. And what we in HR need is simply patience. - the Millennials need a safe environment to express their thoughts and ideas. They want a safe space for them to share their mind with

See what Air Asia gave me for my birthday

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I received an e-Gift voucher from Air Asia for my birthday. They called me ahem, a  Big Shot and so I was really curious as to what they will offer me.  So I filled in my details to find out.  I wasn't expecting much since I have not been traveling at all. But what they offered was quite a joke.  Here is what they gave me: A RM5 voucher? Haha. Are you kidding me? I am not sure whether to laugh or to cry.  I asked several people to guess the value of the voucher and the answers I got was RM100 and RM200, which means I'm not alone in thinking this is funny.  Seriously, I am not expecting anything at all but if they want to give me a RM5 voucher, they might as well not give me anything. It's not even enough to buy a pack of nasi lemak in the plane.  pearlie

Steven Chow BBQ Rice @U Village

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I went out for lunch with my boss and colleagues today. We went to U Village Restaurant in Sungai Wang for its barbecued pork, which is really good but without realizing what we ordered, we ended up having a meal called the Steven Chow BBQ Rice.  I was told that it was based on a movie starring Steven Chow who made a dish with roasted honeyed barbecued pork, a sausage, a sunny side up egg, with some greens and rice.  It was scrumptious, especially the pork. My tummy is growling right now thinking about it.  pearlie Photo: Chasing Food Dreams

Having confidence makes a difference in what we set out to do

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I attended a meeting where a vendor was presenting a proposal but I felt it was not very well done. She seemed lacking in experience in making a presentation but it may be because of a lack of confidence as well.  How can we be more confident in what we do?  I find that experience count a lot and we have to believe in what we do, but I feel that the best of all, we have a faithful God who undergirds us with his presence when we do what we do with his strength and not our own.  He is our confidence.  And I found these sayings encouraging; Confidence comes from discipline and training.  ~ Robert Kiyosaki Confidence comes with maturity, being more accepting of yourself.  ~ Nicole Scherzinger Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.  ~ Stan Smith Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.  ~ Marie Curie Confid

The song you must have in your Apple Music Library

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My hubby sent me this link and it was exactly what I was looking for:  Buy This Song Now. It's the Best 99 Cents You'll Spend All Week .  If you are a Apple Music user, this is for you. And since I subscribe to Apple Music, I didn't have to buy it. I have just added it to my music library. Even if you don't purchase any songs, but upload songs into your iPhone to play, this still applies to you.  That song for me was Ed Sheeran's The A Team . I loved it but I got so sick of it I had to delete it from my library. I can now finally add it back.  pearlie

Beethovan's Mighty 9th by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

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The last time I was in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas to watch a performance by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra was in  2015 . I got another belated birthday treat by Melissa this year.  This time the performance was Beethovan's Mighty 9th, conducted by Naohisa Furusawa with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the MAX Philharmonic Orchestra.  The vocals were Ranko Kurano the soprano, Kaori Kurano the mezzo soprano and our local stars Yap Jin Hin doing the tenor and Chi Hoe Mak the bass.  The choralists were from The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Dithyrambic Singers and the MAX Philharmonic Chorus.  Thanks Melissa! I enjoyed the performance tremendously.  pearlie

I haven't had a fringe in so many, many years

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I had my fringe trimmed short recently and much to my delight, I've received quite a number of good reviews about it. Some did not even recognize me! All is great until my brother said to me today: why in the world would you cut it. It looks bad.  Sigh...that's my brother.  pearlie

Book Review: The Korean Mind

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The Korean Mind, Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture by Boyé Lafayette De Mente I was looking forward to digging into this book when I laboriously finished the last book I was reading, except that I am very, very disappointed with it.  I have only just begun reading it and I already have four reasons to stop reading but I'm still hanging on, for now.   One, for a book that is about the culture of the Koreans, I wasn't happy that the author decided to print names in a westernized way, first name and then last name when all Korean names begin with the surname and then the given name. This really irritates me. Thankfully, there aren't many names used, so far, but when they do appear, I keep having to take note and make effort to read it in the proper Korean way. Come on, it is a book about the Korean culture!  Two, the book presents the subject using distinctive Korean words following the Korean alphabetical order. Well and good except that it would be much easier to rea

Sick too many times this year

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I don't get sick that often but I've been getting the flu too many times this year.  pearlie

Guilt and Shame Culture

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I have been exposed recently to the concept of guilt and shame culture of societies and I found it both fascinating and disturbing. I am only beginning to grasp the concept and finding it quite a deep subject to consider.  It all began when I encountered a person who is steep in the Chinese culture and I thought since I need to understand him better, I started reading a book on Confucianism (which I need to get back to as I only just read the first few pages!) I also began reading Korean Mind: Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture by Boye Lafayette De Mente, and there is this brief section on the Shame Culture, where "The one transgression that Koreans cannot accept is being shamed." I see that quite a lot in the few Korean dramas that I watched and being brought up in a Chinese family, I can see it prevalent in the Chinese culture as well.  However, I am not a very Chinese person to begin with, if I can say it that way. I was not schooled or brought up strictly in the C

A Thousand Words #206

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I spent the whole morning getting documents translated, passports and identity card renewed in Putrajaya and Puchong.  pearlie 

A tapestry of prayer

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I was in church today when pastor introduced some visitors from the US and he shared with the congregation how they have supported the church in prayer all these years.  The topic of prayer has always been a mystery to me. But I take it as a commandment from God that we pray and to pray fervently, and so even if I don't understand it fully, I obey and I pray as much as I could, as best as I could, though it isn't actually as much as I wished or as well as I wished.  When pastor told us about the prayers of our counterpart in the US, this picture came to mind: I imagine prayer is a connection of the people of God as we pray for one another we connected with each another in the Spirit and in love. It's like weaving a tapestry of love and brotherhood across the whole world.  We all belong to God and even if we don't pray for others, He will never forsake any of us. But yet, we are to pray for one another. We need to be connected to one another in Christ and prayer is the p

A good catch up with a good friend

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I spent the day with a good friend visiting her at her house and she made lunch.  Doesn't the plate of pesto spaghetti look delightful? It was a good catching up we had and a nice one for me since it's ages since I've visited anyone at their home. I usually catch up with friends going for lunch or dinner in restaurants.  And it has been a long time since I've had any heart to heart talk with close friends including showing anyone my secret old photos! pearlie

Book Review: Jealousy, The Sin No One Talks About

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Jealousy, The Sin No One Talks About: How to Overcome Envy & Live a Life of Freedom by R.T. Kendall I finally finished reading this book today and upon logging it into my Goodreads account, I noticed that the last time I completed a book was 3 months ago! I have really been slacking in my reading, but it's only because I was stuck with not a very good book that I want to finish before I started another one.  I bought it because I needed it. It is a reality that all of us go through this and I had to admit to myself that I was going through a bad bout of jealousy.  I went hunting for articles and books to read but they weren't many except for this one that looks more promising. I've read R.T. Kendall before but I don't like his books that much.  And my assessment was spot on, for me at least.  The only parts I found useful was the first and the last. I could not agree with his treatment of the subject when he wrote it from the perspective of the gospel in Gospel Jeal

Pearlie, I have something to tell you

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I had an interesting encounter and chat with a language partner today. I got connected with him a few days ago through www.italki.com, a language community that connects people who wants to learn languages from each other.  Our language exchange is quite engaging so far albeit just via texting. But what's interesting was today's chat. Midway through our conversation, he said to me, in English, "Pearlie, I have something to tell you." My internal siren went off. Metaphoric red flags flailed wildly.  What does he want to tell me?  I felt worried wondering what would warrant such a serious question. And what more, it began with an address using my name.  I imagined having this question posted to me by my parents or husband or manager.  I'd freak out.  I was hoping it was due to his English being a second language and that he didn't realize the weight of the question and that it was nothing but an innocent statement of wanting to tell me something.  Thankfully, it

Crazy Karaoke

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I haven't been to a karaoke in ages. There is a free entry pass in our U Mobile Subscriber Rewards and a few of us took the privilege and went this evening.  If you are a U Mobile user, check this deal out in your MyUMobile app.  I didn't get to sing much. I am not familiar with enough songs to want to sing them in public! That's why. Haha.  These are the few that I know, beginning with... And this one is not easy to sing. And I am bad with timing but I managed to figure it out though.  I did try this Mandarin song but I had to use the hanyu pinyin lyrics in my Apple Music. She sings the verses too fast for me to follow the lyrics in Chinese and what more, the lyrics shown in the karaoke screen was in traditional Chinese.  I also tried a couple of Korean songs! Well, the craziest one we did was Abba's Dancing Queen, which was recorded but I would never ever show it to anyone, not even myself! pearlie

Why am I drawn to sad things?

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I don't know why I seem to like sad things: sad movies, sad songs, sad stories. And since I've started going Korean lately, there are many, many sad Korean movies and dramas to go round.  They are so sad and yet I'm still consuming them. I managed to finish watching Train to Busan recently   and I already told myself it's time I stop watching them.  But I'm back to watching sad Korean dramas like Marriage Contract and Uncontrollably Fond . Why? And I knew they were sad to begin with. And I'd feel so sad when I hear this song sung by Kim Woo Bin from the Uncontrollably Fond drama. But I find it an excellent song. Vocals wise, he does have a nice rich deep voice here now doesn't he? Do You Know? - Kim Woo Bin pearlie