Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year 2010!



Today, I’m working.  Many have taken leave today.  The traffic to work was so smooth.  There a few drivers taking a Sunday drive 😛

Everyone’s in holiday mood.  Some companies are letting their employees go off early today.  For others, those who came to work today are planning to leave early.  They say want to avoid the jam that’s gonna build up massively.

Well, it’s 3:30pm and I’m still here.

A belated Merry Xmas to everyone!


Dear all,

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a belated Merry Xmas and Many Happy Returns! 

I was not well last week.  I had taken sick leave for the 3 days starting from Tuesday to Thursday.  However, I came in to work on Thursday for a few hours to check on urgent matters before the long weekend holiday.

Today, we’re back to work.  A few colleagues are away today.  I’m catching up on work … again.  We’ve a few deadlines this week to deliver to the client.  The requirements sign off is also in this week.  We hope that it’s signed off so the team can begin designing & developing the applications.

Adios …

It’s 6:15 am and I’m up …


Lately, as work gets tremendously overwhelming, I end up sleeping late and get woken up early in the morning.  This morning, I woke up at 4:40 am and couldn’t go back to sleep.

We’re staying at the Park Royal Hotel this weekend with my Dad and his family.  They  arrived early yesterday morning from Frankfurt.  It’s been 2 years since we last saw them.  They have never met Zayan so they were surprised when they saw him.  They thought Zayan was Zayed.  Zayan is much bigger than Zayed when he was at the same age.

Dad and Aunty Nora are happily retired.  Aunty Nora is as always cheerful.  My brothers Kevin and Jason have grown a lot.  Kevin is more manly now 😛  Jason is showing a tinge of moustache … hehehe

Words of wisdom from the drawer


The other day, I was cleaning out my cluttered drawer and I found a stack of cards with words of wisdom printed on them.  I got these cards when we went to a birthday party held for an aunt early this year.  The party was groovy.  Only family and close friends were invited.

Each card was placed at every seating.  Each person would get a different wisdom.  After the party, I took some cards that were unique as no one was interested in them.

This one is my favourite ~ Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened – Cora Harvey Armstrong

Here are the rest 🙂

  • A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age – Robert Frost
  • The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age – Lucille Ball
  • First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to zip up your fly, and then you forget to unzip your fly – Branch Rickey
  • I’m at an age when my back goes out more than I do – Phyllis Diller
  • They say that age is all in your mind.  The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body – Unknown

The power of onions


Today, I received a forwarded email from an old friend about ONIONS.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40  million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.

Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied  that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms  of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).  The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of  the onions and place it under the microscope.  She gave  him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in  the onion.  It obviously absorbed the bacteria,  therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ.   She said that several years ago many of her employees were  coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers.  The next year she placed several bowls with  onions around in her shop.  To her
surprise, none of  her staff got sick.  It must work..  (And no, she  is not in the onion business.)
The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them  in bowls around your home.  If you work at a desk,  place one or two in
your office or under your desk or even  on top somewhere.  Try it and see what  happens.   We did it last year and we never  got the flu.

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick,  all the better.  If you do get the flu, it just might  be a mild case..
Whatever, what have you to lose?  Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues.  She replied
with this most interesting experience about onions:

Weldon,thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmers story…but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill…I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar…placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

After reading the article, I googled it on the net and found other pages that explains what you can do with onions.

The delivery is scheduled earlier


I had my routine check-up yesterday.  We rescheduled the delivery 9 days earlier.  The babies are due out on 17th February 2010.  That’s about 4 weeks earlier than the original due date.  Saying so, for my next check-up, I’m required to have 2 steroid jabs to assist in maturing the babies’ lungs.  This would prevent respiratory problems later.  The jabs are given 12 hours apart.

Almost due?


It’s more than the umpteenth time someone comes to me and ask if I’m due already … May it be a total stranger, colleagues who I’ve not seen back at the office, or even employees at Menara TM.  Well, I can’t blame them.  I am really huge and I look like I’m going to burst!

At first, I just smile … But after a while, I just gotta tell them I’m expecting twins 🙂  I can’t stand it when they look at me with this unbelievable expression when they found out that I’m just about 6 months along.  *sigh*

Writing requirements documents


The main question that pops up is what to write for your requirements documents.  In my team, we need to provide a Business Requirements Specifications (BRS) document and a Functional Requirements Specifications (FRS) document.

What’s BRS and what’s FRS?  How do these two documents differ?

Explanation on the differences between a few requirements documents can be found here.  There’s another page that explains the differences really good, particularly on how the BRS should be written:

Quote Conrad van Dyk:

1.The BRS should not be on a “broad level” unless that was your specific mandate. A proper BRS should be as specific as possible (hence the term “specification”).

2.The BRS should answer the “what is needed” question ONLY. I found that users/clients would sometimes insist on having specific design requirements in this document. I always advise such clients that I will rather draft the FRS containing that type of detail.

3.The BRS should always be in a format that the business will understand and should contain narration and diagrams that will make sense to the user/client. This might sometimes require you to be creative with regards to modelling (but being creative is what distinguish a good BA from a not so good one).

More on the answers given by others, click here.

What? Burgers that didn’t have burger patties in ’em?


Yesterday, we had lunch at Chilli’s, BSC.  Hubby and I ordered main course, so the kids get to eat free 🙂  He had … what’s it called? … the huge burger with mushroom in it and fries.  I had chicken club sandwich with fries.  Zayed had the kid’s meal burger and Zayan had the chicken drummies.

The kids’ meal arrived first.  Guess what?  Zayed’s burger didn’t have any beef patty in it!  It’s practically a vege burger; only a slice or tomato and some lettuce!  Hmm … a burger without the main ingredient that makes it a burger.  After a while, hubby called for the waiter and asked about the burger.  The waiter said there should be a patty in it, so he took the burger back to the kitchen.  The burger came back as it should be … with the BEEF! yes …

A few days ago, on the way back from the office, we stopped by Mydin to get some groceries.  Hubby was already starving, so he went to buy some burgers for us.  There was an Otai burger stall outside of the Mydin store.  Again, the burger that he ordered for Zayed came without a burger patty!  What’s up with the burger and its patty?  Hahaha … this is just weird.  He ordered a cheese burger and the guy at the stall said cheese burgers come without the patty.  It’s just the buns and a slice of cheese!  Well, what has the world come to …

The boys have new toys from IKEA


Last night, hubby and I brought the boys to IKEA to have dinner.  After our meal, we took a quick stroll through the children’s department.

We got them a tent and each gets rocker.  The “toys” were collected from the lower floor at the racks.

The KOJA tent … Priced @ RM35.00

The RUSIG rocker … Priced @ RM39.00

The rocker comes with a deco sticker.  We thought that the sticker is packaged together with the rocker.  We asked around but no one knows about the sticker.  So we went ahead to pay for the items.  We saw the customer service guy and he told us that the sticker IS available, but is bought separately and we can find it in the children’s department.  Oh well, we’ll buy the sticker some other time 😛