That PPS 2nd Anniversary Bash

The Project Petaling Street 2nd Anniversary Bash was held at Charlie’s Place, a little old bohemian Western restaurant next to an art gallery, located not far from KL’s Masjid Jamek.
I arrived at Charlie’s Place fashionably late – literally – when the hairdresser I was with turned my haircut from a 45 minute job to a 1.5 hour affair. 8:30pm and the place was already bustling with bloggers. Random bloggers and readers greeted me and I shook hands with them as I made my way into the restaurant to order my food and to introduce myself to Aizuddin Danian, the selfless owner of the PPS blog portal and host of the event.
A typical conversation at the bloggers meet-up went something like this.
Blogger: “HEYYYYYYY…. Hello Kenny Sia!”
Kenny: “Ummm… hi!” *scans for name tag*
Blogger: “Its me, my name is HunnyWunnyBunnyKins [or some other obscure online nicknames]. Remember?”
Kenny: “Oh! Hi! Yea yea, I remember you! You commented before. How you doing?”
*Repeat process with 20 other bloggers*
This being my first bloggers meet-up, I was very lost until I was spotted by Niki Cheong, an old friend from my involvment with Curtin University Student Guild some 3 years ago, and a rather well-known journalist himself. Thanks for the beer, Niki.

I know. Stop saying that we look like twins in this pic. Or worse, gay couple.

Its a different excitement having people commented on my entries to me face to face. A lot of people liked my Datuknametoolongitis entry. Few sent me their condolences and letting me know they cried reading what I wrote about my father (sorry!). Then there are those who told me the results they got from my ‘Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?’ personality test. Its all very interesting.
After the initial frenzy cleared up I began to spot some more notable faces in the crowd.

minishorts, Dave “Itchyhands”, Freckled Adam PeterPan, some guy I never met in my entire life, and KinkyPug Kevin

minishorts is indeed totally hot. Don’t be fooled by her sweet smile and good looks, ‘cos if anyone rubbed her the wrong way she has a tongue sharper than Gilette Mach3 blades that will not hesitate cutting you up into a million pieces. As a resident PPS crawler, she knows almost everyone at the venue. That girl’s social network is bigger than the whole freakin’ Internet, baby.

Whoa! Check out minishorts’ boobies custom-made top!

Niki introduced me to Adam, whom I recogised from JoyceTheFairy’s blog. Adam is also a host for 8TV. Too bad I don’t know what show he’s presenting ‘cos I don’t get 8TV here in Kuching. Otherwise I’d be squealing like a little girl having her first orgasm.

KinkyBlueFairy. Neither kinky, nor blue – but definitely a fairy.

Award for most glamourous babe of the night goes to Joyce ‘The Fairy’ Wong of kinkybluefairy fame, who came sashaying in with her red top, short skirt, sleek L.A.M.B bag in tow. Wow. Joce is the kind of photographer that looks fabulous behind the lens and in front of it.

ShaolinTiger aka Shaolin Harimau aka Shao Lin Lau Hu – arguably Malaysia’s favourite expat blogging geek. He’s the co-founder of

Nolah I’m not as tall as ShaolinTiger – he was sitting down and I was standing up. I am damn ashamed to say that this guy is more Malaysian than I am, right down to him speaking with a perfect Malaysian accent.

Fip, Kenny, Nessa Yeo and Lainie Yeoh.

Are they as excited to see me as I was to see them or what? I’ve been following Lainie’s blog way before I started blogging. Hilarity is guaranteed almost everytime Fip or Nessa is featured. Those girls are so naughty you can’t help but to fall in love with them.
Fip said she couldn’t help but to stare at my crotch. Coming from a lesbian, I find that comment very flattering. 😉
Nessa Yeo is hot. You probably can’t tell because everything she’s in front of the camera, she’s either making silly faces or flashing her ass-ets in front of me. Hands down, the wildest 16-year-old I’ve ever met – seen it all, done it all, even had a song written about her.

RSF Award-winning Jeff Ooi needs no introduction.

Check it out – its the little bird and the big bird! In that order, of course.

Reta, who has been reading since wayyyyyyyyyy beginning.


Jolene, who posted 3 (count it, THREE) photos of my butt on her site. The devil! What is it with women and their obsession with men’s butt?

I was elated to see Jolene ‘cos I thought she’s not gonna turn up. The SarongPartyGirl news in local media indirectly caused her conservative parents to think that blogging could lead to their daughter baring her titties on the internet. That and other reasons almost forced her to stop blogging altogether. Silly right?

David Teoh all the way from Melbourne. Visit his blog for awe-inspiring photography.

I’ll forever remember him more as ‘That guy who made me a millionaire playing BlogShares’.

Peter Tan (not to be confused with Peter Pan), the most heart-warming Malaysian blogger on two wheels.

I’ve chatted with Peter on numerous occasions. He’s the classic example of how blogging changes one’s life and one’s outlook on life. Its difficult not to like this guy because everything about him is so positive. I have to admit seeing that smile on his frail face reminded me of someone of my past. Eat a little more, Peter.

HB, one of the pioneers in the Malaysian blogosphere.

This is Huai Bin (HB), also from Kuching, whom I mentioned numerous times before on my blog. Later that night, he cheekily asked “We’re gonna do some K, wanna join us?”. I felt like replying “Nah its alright you can go ahead. I’m not very good at singing Karaoke!”

I know Suanie has been looking forward to this gathering like no tomorrow.

Suanie hugged me countless time throughout the night. As you can see, I was very shocked.
Quote from her site:
“I WANNA HUMP THEM LIKE MAD DOGS! … I’m going to have wet sweet dreams tonight.”

FireAngel used the word ‘fuck’ a lot in her blog. Too bad she didn’t say the same thing to me.

I swear I was molested by sultry FireAngel that night too. (no link to her blog, sorry) Her over-reaction cracked me up.

Amanda, whom I got to know through Jolene. And ShaolinTiger in the background pretending as if he didn’t know we’re taking a photo.

There’s a lot more photos but I’ll try not to kill my server’s bandwidth, especially after I freshly upgraded it. Feel free to click on the links here.
The more formal part of the evening was the PPS Blog Awards ceremony. Mack Zulkifli was made the MC of the night, and he was such a natural entertainer. He did a fantastic job electrifying the crowd.

Don’t be fooled by the seriousness of his blog. This man has charisma.

Quote of the Night goes to TV Smith: “And the nominees for PPS Ping of the Year are… Sarong Party Girl: My left boob is bigger than my right boob.”
I presented Simon with the Neophyte Blog of the Year award. Jeff Ooi added the Ping of the Year award to his collection. Damn that bastard. If it weren’t for that Anwar dude commenting on his entry he wouldn’t even have appeared on newspaper and won! What did he do to deserve that award?! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! This is so unfair I deserve to win that award and I was robbed, I tell you. ROBBED! Congratulations Jeff.
I snagged the Blog of the Year award. My balls are now officially huge.

I’m glad the shirt fits, ‘cos my balls sure aren’t gonna fit into my pants.

To those of you who thought that I went back to my hotel with my ‘groupies’. Nah, it didn’t happen. 🙂 I have my witnesses.
That’s how Malaysia’s largest blogger meet to date ended. It was a great night and I totally enjoyed meeting the 60 over bloggers and non-bloggers alike that were in attendance. Credit once again to PPS owner Aizuddin for bringing together and truly defining the Malaysian blogosphere. Without him, none of these would have happened.

When a cockroach mischievously crawled up her knee, Xav climbed all the way up the bartop.

Such diversity of people in the blogosphere. Blogs are the word-of-mouth of the 21st century, and I say it never looked so good.
So, seen anyone you fancy in the Malaysian blogosphere? 😉
Next up, Kenny ventured deep into the dark alleys of Singapore, joined a gang, and became one with The ‘Hood

Think twice before you cross two of the baddest rappers of Singapore – 50 Seng and Snoop Doggy Cow.

Peace, duuuuuudddddeeee!

The Travel Diaries

Last Thursday morning I flew to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Project Petaling Street 2nd Anniversary gathering. I haven’t been to KL since late 2003 and it appears that some things never change.

Like how when I walked through the gates of the arrival hall, I was immediately greeted by a group of middle-aged men posing as taxi drivers calling me ‘Boss!’, ‘Leng Chai!’ as they made noisy kissing sounds at me. Somehow I felt it was not because they love my blog.

Despite being mildly irritated, I asked one of them if he could take me to my hotel in downtown KL for RM35 – the cost of an express train ticket. Since there were two other girls sharing the taxi, he agreed and thanked me profusely all the way from Sepang to KL. Apparently life for a taxi driver has been difficult ever since toll prices increased.

The uncle went out of his way to make me feel comfortable, going so far as to change his CD from Hindi music to Britney Spears. Frankly speaking I’d rather listen to his Hindi music collection.

Dorsett Regency is a great hotel. Its relatively cheap, their rooms are very clean and they are a lot more spacious than most 5-star hotels out there. Its also located smack in the middle of Star Hill next to luxurious hotels like The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriot, at a fraction of their cost. I’d definitely consider staying there again next time I drop by KL.

Perhaps the only bad thing about Dorsett is that their housekeeping staff have the tendency to just enter your room without knocking. There’s a couple of times I neglected to hang the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign outside my door, and their staff barged in on me with nothing but my red boxers. Very embarrassing.

That, and the fact that they got my surname wrong.

Nabeh! Kenny Sai your head. Might as well call me Kenny Shit.


Next up, the PPS 2nd Anniversary Bash, and the “I Wanna Hump Kennysia” phenomenon.

Everyone now. Awwww….. (Photo credit: Kimberly Low of

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Getting Back Into The Routine


I’m back.

956 photos.
535 megabytes.
5 days.
4 nights.
3 bags.
2 countries.
1 man stupid enough to do it all.

… And he’s the proud owner of this T-shirt.

I finally arrived home safely after what can only be described as my most memorable trip to Singapore and KL. To say I’m dog tired is an understatement. All I need right now is my bed.

Blogging? Not now man, not now.

For photos, words, photos, gossips, videos, scandals, and photos, you might have to wait till tomorrow night. Bear with me yea?

I’ll Be Gone

<br /> <?php include(""); ?><br /> I&#8217;ll be flying off to KL in a few moment&#8217;s time. To meet the bloggers.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="mtb" src="" width="500" height="375" /><br /> I&#8217;m gonna boast here, but in case any readers suffer from withdrawal symptoms over the next 5 days without updates, here are some of the things you can do in the meantime.<br /> <strong style="font-size:large;">1. Give you &#8216;Refresh&#8217; button a rest.</strong><br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050623-2.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> Its been working overtime for far too long now.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-size:large;">2. Singaporean Men On Dating Singaporean Women Vs Non-Singaporean Women (Round 52421).</strong><br /> Join the continuing discussion <a href="">here</a>!<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050623-3.gif" src="" width="519" height="389" /></p> <p clas="caption">He sure knows how to use</p> <p>I must say I find it very amusing reading the little assumptions some of the people made of me.</p> <blockquote><p> <strong>Streetglow:</strong> <em>&#8220;this blogger probably jus wan to get a Singapore PR desperately.. judging from wat he has got to say.. pathetic loser.&#8221;</em> </p></blockquote> <p>Ahhh&#8230; the wonderful mind of a simpleton! 🙂<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-size:large;">3. Discuss which Hong Kong actor I look like.</strong><br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050623-3.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> Check it out <a href=";st=240"><strong>here</strong></a>.<br /> When someone commented in my chatterbox saying that I look like Jerry Yan, I almost choked on my own vomit.</p> </div> <!-- /.entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> </footer> <!-- /.entry-meta --> </article> <!-- /#post --> <article itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="" id="post-154" class="post-154 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-my-web-app category-the-blog-culture"> <header class="entry-header"> <h1 class="entry-title"> <a href="" title="Permalink to Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?" rel="bookmark">Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?</a> </h1> <div class="header-meta"><span class="publish-date"><i class="far fa-calendar-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Posted 22 June 2005 @ 11:51 pm" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date" datetime="2005-06-22T23:51:28+08:00" itemprop="datePublished">22 June 2005</time></a></span><address class="publish-author"><i class="fas fa-pencil-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by admin" rel="author" itemprop="author">admin</a></span></address><span class="post-categories"><a href="" rel="category tag">My Web App</a> <a href="" rel="category tag">The Blog Culture</a></span><span class="comments-link"><i class="fas fa-comment" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Comment on Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?">75 Comments</a></span></div> </header> <!-- /.entry-header --> <div class="entry-content"> <p>The Good News: If OneStat was right, 6172 visitors flocked to the day I was simultaneously <em>The Star-ed, Jeff Ooi-ed, Tomorrow-ed,</em> and <em>MyLazyLeftEye-ed</em>. <a href="">MyLazyLeftEye</a> dedicated a particularly touching tribute to me that brought a tear to my right eye.<br /> The Bad News: <a href="">Cowboy Caleb&#8217;s</a> grandmother passed away yesterday. My sincere condolences, mate. Hang in there.<br /> *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*<br /> I doubt I can update this site for the next 5 days, so here&#8217;s another mini-game before I leave for KL tomorrow. Don&#8217;t miss me too much while I&#8217;m gone.<br /> Ahead of tomorrow&#8217;s gathering I figured out it would be nice to do another silly personality test. Like before, there&#8217;s eight possible answers. So find them all out if you want. 🙂<br /> <center><a href=""><strong>Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?</strong></a></center></p> </div> <!-- /.entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> </footer> <!-- /.entry-meta --> </article> <!-- /#post --> <article itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="" id="post-150" class="post-150 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-reviews"> <header class="entry-header"> <h1 class="entry-title"> <a href="" title="Permalink to SEDC Lifestyle Plus Privilege Card Review" rel="bookmark">SEDC Lifestyle Plus Privilege Card Review</a> </h1> <div class="header-meta"><span class="publish-date"><i class="far fa-calendar-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Posted 21 June 2005 @ 2:40 pm" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date" datetime="2005-06-21T14:40:26+08:00" itemprop="datePublished">21 June 2005</time></a></span><address class="publish-author"><i class="fas fa-pencil-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by admin" rel="author" itemprop="author">admin</a></span></address><span class="post-categories"><a href="" rel="category tag">Reviews</a></span><span class="comments-link"><i class="fas fa-comment" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Comment on SEDC Lifestyle Plus Privilege Card Review">44 Comments</a></span></div> </header> <!-- /.entry-header --> <div class="entry-content"> <p>Its done.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="booking" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> Flights, booked. Room, booked. Dinner, booked. <a href="">Malaysia&#8217;s Biggest Blogger Meet-up</a> since the creation of PPS, here I come baby.<br /> I&#8217;m really looking forward to this trip. I don&#8217;t know what I was thinking making this a 5 day trip because that&#8217;s a little too long even by KL&#8217;s standards. I actually contemplated taking a coach up north to Penang or down south to Singapore for a little visit. But I&#8217;m not sure yet. I&#8217;ll see how things go.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="lpc" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> I&#8217;ll be staying at the <em>Dorsett Regency Hotel</em> compliments of the <em>SEDC Lifestyle Plus</em> cards, which is the subject of my review today. I <em>could</em> have saved up the vouchers and share a hotel room with <a href="">HB</a>, another blogger from Kuching also attending the meet-up. But the last time I talked to him on mirc, he flattered me with so much praises I got scared and wore double underwear when I met up with him (jk). 🙂 Guess I&#8217;m a little more comfortable staying alone.<br /> *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="lpc" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> SEDC stands for <em>Sarawak Economic Development Corporation</em>. Its a state garblement-owned commercial entity that has a hand in the state&#8217;s tourism industry. Their <em>Lifestyle Plus</em> privilege card is a program designed for simple Average Joes, like me, to sample the lifestyle of the rich and famous <em>Atas Club (elitist)</em> people, like those Datuks whose name will turn into road signs within the next ten years.<br /> I want to ask you to go to <a href="">SEDC&#8217;s website</a>, but its filled with so much out-of-date content, broken links, bad sound effects and UGLY animated GIFs I decide to save you the horror. The funny thing is, that website was voted one of <em>Malaysia&#8217;s Top 20 Best Government Websites</em>, as shown by that cute little award they proudly display on their front page.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050621-2.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">Note to SEDC&#8217;s website designer: Take gun. Point to self. Pull trigger. Kapish?</p> <p>That just goes to show how low their standards are.<br /> Anyway I got to know about the <em>Lifestyle Plus Cards</em> when one of their telemarketers mysteriously got my phone number and phoned me twice to pester me into joining their program. I was having lunch with my workmates when they called. One word to describe our conversation: annoying. He spoke so damn fast I could only capture 20% of what he&#8217;s saying. It went a little like this.</p> <blockquote><p> <strong>Annoying Telemarketer:</strong> <em>&#8220;hello mr sia this is SEDC calling i&#8217;d like to invite you to join our lifestyle plus card program it is very good you can stay two free nights at holiday inn kuching got discount at damai beach resort can go there play golf see bird go swimming then got free dinner at five star restaurants at crowne plaza and holiday inn wah very nice and then i give you two free nights staying at nice hotel when you go kl and on your birthday we give you cake ok what is your credit card number?&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>Confused Kenny:</strong> <em>&#8220;Hold it, hold it, hold it. What&#8217;s going on here? How much is this? What do you want my credit card number for?&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>Annoying Telemarketer:</strong> <em>&#8220;Mr Sia its only RM538. It is very good deal. You use up your free hotel room vouchers you can get your money back already! What is your credit card number?&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>Confused Kenny:</strong> <em>&#8220;Yes I know but I&#8217;m not gonna commit to something like this over the phone so quickly. I want to read the terms and conditions first. Do you have an internet website, or a brochure that I can look at?&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>Annoying Telemarketer:</strong> <em>&#8220;No sorry sir, this is a telephone only deal. If you call us back you won&#8217;t get this sort of package anymore. So can I have your credit card number?&#8221;</em> </p></blockquote> <p>I was skeptical about this. But after enquiring the names of the complimentary hotels in KL and them convincing me that it is no scam, I too thought that it was a pretty good deal and proceeded with the transaction.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="lpc" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> Fast forward three days later, I was sent the membership package by courier mail. COURIER MAIL LEH! None of those Pos Malaysia bullshit. Man, I feel &#8216;atas&#8217; already.<br /> Since none of these information is available on the internet, here&#8217;s a brief summary of the benefits Lifestyle Plus members get to enjoy.</p> <blockquote><p> * 1x 1-night accomodation at Kuching Holiday Inn/Crowne Plaza. Normally RM200. <strong>(no use to me)</strong><br /> * 2x 75% off 2-night accomodation in Damai Beach/Damai Lagoon. Normally RM150. But its not valid Friday and Saturday. KNNCCB then how to use? <strong>(no use to me)</strong><br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="lpc" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> * 2x 1-night accomodation at either Dorsett Regency KL, Royale Bintang KL, Eastin Hotel PJ, Sheraton Hotel Penang, Century Mahkota Malacca or City Bayview Langkawi. Normally RM200. <strong>(most useful)</strong><br /> * 40% to 60% off rack rates of the above hotels plus Pacific Regency KL, Avillion Hotel PD, Lake House Cameron Highlands and Promenade Hotel KK.<br /> * 2x buffet dinner for two at one of Crown Plaza&#8217;s 5 star restaurants.<br /> * 2x 50% discount on a la carte menu at one of Holiday Inn&#8217;s restaurants.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="lpc" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> * 10% discount at Coffee Bean, Kenny Rogers and some other &#8216;atas&#8217; restaurants and cafes around Kuching.<br /> * And finally, one bloody cake for you on your birthday. </p></blockquote> <p>Not exactly all that attractive for something that made me RM538 poorer. Its a good initiative by SEDC but I think they could do better. To their credit, their customer service is prompt and fantastic. That&#8217;s coming from me considering I had a run-in with bad customer service at other garblement-run entities.<br /> In my books, the only thing that made the <em>Lifestyle Plus card</em> worthy is the two night accomodation at Dorsett Regency. And the birthday cake. Yeah baby.<br /> Everything else is not worth the money.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="lpc" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> See you guys at the PPS party. I can&#8217;t wait. Its gonna be bigger than my coconuts. 😉</p> <p> <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&rarr;</span></a></p> </div> <!-- /.entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> </footer> <!-- /.entry-meta --> </article> <!-- /#post --> <article itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="" id="post-149" class="post-149 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-thoughts-musings"> <header class="entry-header"> <h1 class="entry-title"> <a href="" title="Permalink to Silly Chinese Names" rel="bookmark">Silly Chinese Names</a> </h1> <div class="header-meta"><span class="publish-date"><i class="far fa-calendar-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Posted 20 June 2005 @ 2:07 am" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date" datetime="2005-06-20T02:07:52+08:00" itemprop="datePublished">20 June 2005</time></a></span><address class="publish-author"><i class="fas fa-pencil-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by admin" rel="author" itemprop="author">admin</a></span></address><span class="post-categories"><a href="" rel="category tag">Thoughts &amp; Musings</a></span><span class="comments-link"><i class="fas fa-comment" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Comment on Silly Chinese Names">100 Comments</a></span></div> </header> <!-- /.entry-header --> <div class="entry-content"> <p>Today&#8217;s date is 20th June 2005. Nice date, 20062005.<br /> I&#8217;m sure there&#8217;s something important that&#8217;s supposed to happen today. Something to do with <a href="">&#8216;XiaXue&#8217;</a> Wendy Cheng Yan Yan. An <a href="">&#8220;interblog marriage&#8221;</a> perhaps. Hmm. Dunno. Can&#8217;t remember. 😉<br /> *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*<br /> My name is <em>Kenny</em>. The name on my birth certificate is my Chinese name, <em>Sia Tze Foo</em>, but people always call me Kenny. I had studied in Chinese schools before, but my classmates and teachers still called me <em>Kenny</em>. Which is fine because I reckon <em>Kenny</em> sounds heckuva lot better than <em>Tze Foo</em>.<br /> Since my Chinese name is my official name, <em>Sia Tze Foo</em> appeared on all my official documents &#8211; from my passport, to my identity card, my Bachelor&#8217;s degree, my driver&#8217;s license, my phone bills, my credit card, and so on.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050620-4.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">Sometimes I was called Mr Foo</p> <p>This became a problem when I headed over to Australia. See, when I use <em>Sia Tze Foo</em> in Malaysia people <strong>know </strong>that my last name is <em>Sia</em> and my first name <em>Tze Foo</em> &#8211; ie, surname first, followed by your first name.<br /> But them Aussies don&#8217;t do business like that. According to their system, your first name comes first, followed by your surname. So, <em>Sia Tze Foo</em> in Malaysia becomes <em>Tze Foo Sia</em> in Australia. But because of the way we write our Chinese name (we write it as <em>Tze Foo</em>, instead of <em>Tze-Foo</em> or <em>TzeFoo</em>), they automatically assumed that <em>Tze</em> is my first name and <em>Foo</em> is my middle name.<br /> In other words, my name was mutilated into <em>Tze F. Sia</em>&#8230; or worse, <em>Tze Sia</em>. And that sucks because they don&#8217;t know how to pronounce the word <em>&#8220;Tze&#8221;</em>. I used to have a gym instructor who gets very excited everytime he sees me and says <em>&#8220;Hey, how ya doing today, <strong>ZEE</strong>!?&#8221;</em> Very annoying.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050620-5.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> But at least mine is not that bad. I used to know a guy whose surname is <em>&#8216;Yew&#8217;</em>, first name <em>&#8216;Fook Ping&#8217;</em>.<br /> And they called him <strong><em>&#8216;Fook Yew&#8217;</em></strong>. That poor bastard.<br /> Another thing I find irritating is people pronouncing the surname <em>&#8216;Tan&#8217;</em> as <strong><em>&#8216;Ten&#8217;</em></strong> instead of <strong><em>&#8216;Ta-an&#8217;</em></strong> (although technically speaking, <em>&#8216;Ten&#8217;</em> is correct. I&#8217;ve also seen <em>Jeff Ooi&#8217;s</em> name incorrectly typed as <em>Jeff <strong>OII</strong></em>. Sounds very wrong. It instantaneously transformed him from Malaysia&#8217;s Most Influential Blogger to Malaysia&#8217;s Most Abused Pasar Malam Boy.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050620-6.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> Come to think of it, Chinese surnames can sometimes be a source of laughter in Western countries. The Chinese surname of <em>&#8216;Huang&#8217;</em> (Yellow) is sometimes written as <em>Bong</em>. But if you introduce yourself as <em>Mr Bong</em> on the dodgy streets of Australia, people are gonna ask if you have any marijuana and the police might send you to jail overnight.<br /> I remember I used to go to high school with someone whose surname is <em>Loo</em>. Then there&#8217;s a <em>Miss Kok</em> during my Uni years. That poor girl. Wonder how many times people mistaken her for a transvestite.<br /> But all these pale in comparison to the most unfortunate surname in Chinese history &#8211; <strong>Ho</strong>.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050620-1.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> Saw this ad in the paper sometime back. Sounds like who 50 Cents and Nelly would call when they need to renovate their homes. Don&#8217;t you think?<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050620-2.jpg" src="" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p class="caption">Go on. Try telling them they have &#8216;puffy nipples&#8217;.</p> <p>*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*<br /> Here&#8217;s a trivia for you. Why is it that <em>&#8216;XiaXue&#8217; Wendy Cheng</em> doesn&#8217;t want to marry F4&#8217;s <em>Jerry Yan</em>?<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050620-3.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p>Because she doesn&#8217;t want to be known as <strong><em>Mrs Yan Yan Yan</em></strong>.</p> <p> <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&rarr;</span></a></p> </div> <!-- /.entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> </footer> <!-- /.entry-meta --> </article> <!-- /#post --> <article itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="" id="post-148" class="post-148 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-re-discovering-myself"> <header class="entry-header"> <h1 class="entry-title"> <a href="" title="Permalink to Father&#8217;s Day" rel="bookmark">Father&#8217;s Day</a> </h1> <div class="header-meta"><span class="publish-date"><i class="far fa-calendar-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Posted 19 June 2005 @ 2:20 am" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date" datetime="2005-06-19T02:20:07+08:00" itemprop="datePublished">19 June 2005</time></a></span><address class="publish-author"><i class="fas fa-pencil-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by admin" rel="author" itemprop="author">admin</a></span></address><span class="post-categories"><a href="" rel="category tag">Re-discovering Myself</a></span><span class="comments-link"><i class="fas fa-comment" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Comment on Father&#8217;s Day">69 Comments</a></span></div> </header> <!-- /.entry-header --> <div class="entry-content"> <p><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="fd" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">The candles formed a heart shape in the dark. Amazing.</p> <p>I just got back from my cousin Clare&#8217;s 21st birthday party. I might be wrong but Clare must be my only cousin who knows about this blog. It must be about 2-3 year since I last saw her. She has grown up to become so beautiful I barely even recognised her.<br /> Oddly, Clare&#8217;s party was also a pseudo Father&#8217;s Day celebration. All my maternal relatives whom I haven&#8217;t met for a long time were there. At one point in the party, all the fathers present gather around the cake as their kids happily wished them <em>&#8220;Happy Father&#8217;s Day.&#8221;</em><br /> But my father wasn&#8217;t one of them. I envy them. I envy all those whose father is still around. I envy all those who can say to their father, face to face, <em>&#8220;Thank you, dad.&#8221;</em><br /> Its been almost 7 weeks since my father passed away on the <a href="">4th May</a>. According to Chinese superstition, the soul of the dearly departed still lingers around for 7 weeks, after which he&#8217;ll leave forever to a different world.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="fd" src="" width="400" height="300" /><br /> 7 weeks already. Feels like its been such a long time with him not around though I can remember the events leading up to his passing as vividly as if it only just happened yesterday.<br /> Its common practise for us kids to call out <em>&#8220;Pa chi, Mi chi&#8221;</em> (Dad, eat. Mom, eat) as a form of courtesy to our parents when we have our dinner. The day after the wake, I broke my own heart when I called my father to eat eventhough he&#8217;s no longer around.<br /> Its been 7 weeks, and I still miss him.<br /> <br /> I couldn&#8217;t celebrate Father&#8217;s Day with my dad, even if I wanted to.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="fd" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> </div> <!-- /.entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> </footer> <!-- /.entry-meta --> </article> <!-- /#post --> <article itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="" id="post-147" class="post-147 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-distinctively-kuching"> <header class="entry-header"> <h1 class="entry-title"> <a href="" title="Permalink to A Letter To Gym Masyarakat" rel="bookmark">A Letter To Gym Masyarakat</a> </h1> <div class="header-meta"><span class="publish-date"><i class="far fa-calendar-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Posted 17 June 2005 @ 11:55 am" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date" datetime="2005-06-17T11:55:24+08:00" itemprop="datePublished">17 June 2005</time></a></span><address class="publish-author"><i class="fas fa-pencil-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by admin" rel="author" itemprop="author">admin</a></span></address><span class="post-categories"><a href="" rel="category tag">Distinctively Kuching</a></span><span class="comments-link"><i class="fas fa-comment" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Comment on A Letter To Gym Masyarakat">46 Comments</a></span></div> </header> <!-- /.entry-header --> <div class="entry-content"> <p>To: The Manager of Gym Masyarakat<br /> Dear Madam,<br /> <strong><u>Re: A Little Suggestion For Improvement</u></strong><br /> I have been a member of your gym for two months. Although I appreciate you offering members like me a nice environment to workout and lead a healthier lifestyle, I feel there has been some rather frustrating issues plaguing the operations of your gym that&#8217;s overlooked.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">Gym Masyarakat is a state government-sponsored gym that is actually quite decent, if it weren&#8217;t for its lousy management.</p> <p>For your convenience, I&#8217;ve summarised those issues below.<br /> <strong>1.</strong> The gym attendants in general are helpful. However one in particular stood out like a sore thumb. For some reason, the vocabulary of that attendant in question seems limited only to two phrases &#8211; <em>&#8220;No&#8221;</em> and <em>&#8220;Don&#8217;t know.&#8221;</em> I don&#8217;t even need to ask anything because I know her answer will be definitely be something negative.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">This is the most useless help desk in a gym anywhere in the world&#8230; simply because there&#8217;s nobody there 90% of time. Even if there are people there, they sure don&#8217;t provide any &#8216;help&#8217;.</p> <p>My issue with her started even before I joined this gym.<br /> <em><strong>Kenny: </strong>&#8220;Hi. I submitted my gym membership application 3 weeks ago and I still haven&#8217;t heard from you. Do you know what happened to it?&#8221;</em><br /> <em><strong>Blur Staff: </strong>&#8220;I don&#8217;t know.&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;Okayyy then&#8230; is it possible that I speak to your manager?&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;No. She&#8217;s not here.&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;When would she be in?&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;Don&#8217;t know.&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;Then what am I supposed to do?&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>*blank stare*</strong><br /> <em>&#8220;Alright&#8230; I&#8217;ll leave my card with you. Please ask her to give me a ring when she gets this.&#8221;</em><br /> <em>&#8220;Ok.&#8221;</em><br /> Rather predictably, I never receive any follow up. Its only after I made a second trip to the gym that I got your number from a different gym attendant.<br /> <strong>2.</strong> Every now and then there is this one big group of smokers (some of whom are the gym attendants themselves) gathering at the entrance of the gym fagging happily whilst the front door is wide open.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">Evidence: cigarette butts outside the gym entrance.</p> <p>All the smoke generated from them inevitably spread into the gym, polluting the lungs of everyone else inside. I don&#8217;t know about you, but the last thing I want when I&#8217;m puffing heavily on the threadmill is to choke on second hand smoke.<br /> <strong>3. </strong>I&#8217;m ok with the gym closing on public holidays, but I am <strong>NOT</strong> OK with is the gym closing without giving its members any prior notice. The most recent example was over the Gawai Holidays. We were given notice that the gym will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We were <strong>NOT</strong> given notice that it will be closed on Friday. So while your gym attendants were off enjoying their 5-day break, the bunch of us were met with a locked door on the Friday when we expected it to open.<br /> <strong>4.</strong> The advertised closing time for Gym Masyarakat is 9:00pm on weekdays. Not 8:45pm, not 8:50pm, but <strong>9:00pm</strong>. Therefore I do not understand why the lights are off, music are off and the aircond shut down even before the clock hits 9:00pm. I certainly do <strong>NOT</strong> appreciate having the lights turned off on me when I&#8217;m halfway lifting weights. It is RUDE.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">Don&#8217;t turn off the lights when I&#8217;m still working out. Who do you think I am? Batman?</p> <p><strong>5. </strong>If there are times when the gym needs to close at 8:30pm, let us know EARLIER. Don&#8217;t turn off the lights in the middle of our workout unexpectedly just to chase us away so you can have an early night. It is RUDE.<br /> <strong>6.</strong> And on that note, may I remind you that your clock in the gym is actually set ten minutes too early.<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">My clock says 8:32pm when your clock says 8:40pm.</p> <p>There are no reasons why these problems should arise, apart from the lazy sloth-like attitude some members of your staff adopt. I&#8217;m sure you&#8217;ll agree with me that it doesn&#8217;t take much effort at all to put up advanced notices, close the gym on schedule, or for <em>that attendant</em> to smile and learn new words like <em>&#8220;Yes, how may I help you?&#8221;</em>, does it?<br /> Well, I thank you for taking time to read this letter and I do hope that you also take time to rectify these problems. It doesn&#8217;t cost money, but it will be for the benefit of your gym and its members.<br /> Have a nice day.<br /> <br /> Warmest Regards,<br /> <em>Kenny Sia</em></p> <p> <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&rarr;</span></a></p> </div> <!-- /.entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> </footer> <!-- /.entry-meta --> </article> <!-- /#post --> <article itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="" id="post-146" class="post-146 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-life-documentary"> <header class="entry-header"> <h1 class="entry-title"> <a href="" title="Permalink to Why You Should Vote For" rel="bookmark">Why You Should Vote For</a> </h1> <div class="header-meta"><span class="publish-date"><i class="far fa-calendar-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Posted 16 June 2005 @ 11:51 pm" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date" datetime="2005-06-16T23:51:14+08:00" itemprop="datePublished">16 June 2005</time></a></span><address class="publish-author"><i class="fas fa-pencil-alt" aria-hidden="true"></i> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by admin" rel="author" itemprop="author">admin</a></span></address><span class="post-categories"><a href="" rel="category tag">Life Documentary</a></span><span class="comments-link"><i class="fas fa-comment" aria-hidden="true"></i> <a href="" title="Comment on Why You Should Vote For">57 Comments</a></span></div> </header> <!-- /.entry-header --> <div class="entry-content"> <p>I haven&#8217;t got any funny stories to share today, so I&#8217;ll just write something I haven&#8217;t wrote about in a long time &#8211; <strong>myself</strong>. Normal blogging resumes tomorrow.<br /> I am privileged to be chosen as one of the finalists in the <em><strong><a href="">PPS Blog Awards 2005</a></strong></em>, organised by the Malaysian blog portal <em>Project Petaling Street (PPS)</em>. Most people probably don&#8217;t care about this but it is quite a big thing to me. This award is unique because it is one that is organised by Malaysian bloggers, voted by Malaysian bloggers, for Malaysian bloggers.<br /> There three award categories are : <em>Blog of the Year (BOTY), Ping of the Year (POTY)</em> (aka Best Blog Entry) and <em>Neophyte Blog of the Year (NOTY)</em> (aka b3sT n00b b|0GG3rz!)<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="pps" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">I hope the winner gets some trophy like this.<br /> I am honoured to be in the running for the <em>Ping of the Year</em> award together with such worthy contendors as <a href="">Jeff Ooi</a> and <a href="">Peter Tan</a>. *pauses for applause* I am also up for the prestigious <em>Blog of the Year</em> award alongside well-respected Malaysian bloggers such as <a href="">Mack Zulkifli</a> and <a href="">Viewtru</a> *pauses for another round of applause*<br /> There&#8217;s one day left till voting closes. If you&#8217;re a eligible, I urge that you cast your vote. You don&#8217;t have to vote for <strong>me</strong>, vote for the <strong>meaning behind it</strong>. In saying that, no matter who emerges as the winner, do remember than in our hearts&#8230; we are already winners.<br /> May the best man wins. *wipes tears*<br /> <strong style="font-size: xx-large;">:&#8217;)</strong><br /> AAAAHHHHHHHH Screw this diplomatic bullshit! Cannot tahan trying to act Mr Nice Guy already. Too boring!<br /> That&#8217;s the problem with us finalists. We are all too nice to each other. No one is writing anything passionate about this contest I&#8217;m starting to think we finalists probably forgotten all about the awards. What we need here is a little bit of <em>pretend rivalry</em> to spice up the awards. Which is what I&#8217;ll do.<br /> I&#8217;m unable to contain my excitement. Its <strong>true </strong>that I respect the other bloggers in the running for this award, and its <strong>true </strong>that I probably don&#8217;t deserve to win. But I cannot hide the fact that <strong>I want to win the PPS Blog Awards</strong>. There&#8217;s free T-shirt and free 1-year webhosting for the winner. And I want them. I want to win. Who doesn&#8217;t?<br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050616-3.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">The prized T-shirt, as modelled by PPS Administrator <a href="">Aizuddin Danian</a> on the catwalks of Milan last summer.</p> <p>The behind-the-scenes gossip at the PPS Blog Awards is already sensational on its own.<br /> Initially I was leading the nominations for both NOTY and POTY, narrowly losing out the BOTY finalist spot. Jeff Ooi&#8217;s BOTY finalist spot was a certainty and looking at the number of nominations, many predicted that I would win NOTY and Jeff Ooi would win BOTY by a landslide.<br /> Yet, when the voting booth opened many people was surprised to see that Jeff Ooi had relinquished his BOTY finalist spot. I was taken off NOTY and given Jeff Ooi&#8217;s finalist spot to run for <em>Blog of the Year</em>, eventhough I didn&#8217;t qualify in the first place.<br /> This could only mean one thing. <strong>I&#8217;m not a NOTY boy.</strong><br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050616-2.jpg" src="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p class="caption">And the nominees are&#8230;<br /> Pardon the lame pun.<br /> To Singaporean readers who have no idea who Jeff Ooi is, allow me to introduce. <a href="">Jeff Ooi</a> is one of the most respected bloggers in Malaysia. He is our very own moral crusader, our freedom fighter, our online ombudsman, Malaysia&#8217;s Most Influential Blogger, and the AH KONG of all Malaysian blogs! As an analogy, think Singapore&#8217;s <a href="">mr brown</a>&#8230; but a lot more serious content and a lot less humour.<br /> I look at the people I&#8217;m contending with and I look at myself. A lot of people might disagree with me, but I&#8217;m the underdog here. Let&#8217;s see who I&#8217;m up against.<br /> <strong style="font-size:large;">Blog of the Year</strong><br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050616-4.jpg" src="" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p class="caption">Or if you like&#8230; Triple Mack Vs View Mystrurio Vs Hulk Coconut</p> <p><a href="">Viewtru</a>. An anonymous blog whom some people say have the same brand of humour as mine. He&#8217;s been blogging since September 2003, which makes him the veteran blogger in this category. Compared to my blog, Viewtru&#8217;s style of writing is not as attention-grabbing. It is very casual and relaxed which probably appeals to the other bloggers who would cast their vote in his favour based on that.<br /> <a href="">Mack Zulkifli</a> is a highly intellectual individual whose blog focus mostly on politics and current affairs. He&#8217;s often compared to Jeff Ooi, and I must say they are indeed quite similar&#8230; right down to their brush with the local police respectively. Some would say his blog is dry and reads like a PhD thesis. But unlike Viewtru or myself, Mack&#8217;s blog seek to empower not entertain. He&#8217;ll appeal to voters who want a serious and mature current-affairs-type blogger to take the <em>Blog of the Year</em> award because let&#8217;s face it, I find my coconuts more interesting than politics.<br /> <strong style="font-size:large;">Ping of the Year</strong><br /> <img loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="20050616-4.jpg" src="" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p class="caption">Or if you like&#8230; Stone Cold Jeff Ooi Vs Kenny Cena Vs Peter The Rock</p> <p><a href="">Jeff Ooi&#8217;s blog</a> got him on front-page headlines and won him the Freedom Blog Awards. And all my <a href="">April Fool&#8217;s entry</a> got me was marriage proposals.<br /> <a href="">Peter Tan</a> risked his life to type this entry when the Earthquake hit Penang. All I risked was <a href="">my dignity</a>.<br /> I think its pretty obvious which one of our blog entries has more substance lah.<br /> Damn. I wanted to blast my opponents but I ended up giving people reasons to vote for them instead. But yeah&#8230; vote for me because you enjoyed reading me or something lah (I hope!)<br /> You need to be a Malaysian blogger previously registered with Project Petaling Street to be eligible to <a href=""><strong>vote</strong></a>. There&#8217;s one day left, so be quick!<br /> And if you can&#8217;t vote, I guess you can always give me encouragement by telling me how beautiful I am.</p> <p> <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&rarr;</span></a></p> </div> <!-- /.entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> </footer> <!-- /.entry-meta --> </article> <!-- /#post --> <nav class="navigation pagination" aria-label="Posts"> <h2 class="screen-reader-text">Posts navigation</h2> <div class="nav-links"><span aria-current="page" class="page-numbers current">1</span> <a class="page-numbers" href="">2</a> <a class="page-numbers" href="">3</a> <a class="next page-numbers" href=""><span>Next</span> <i class="fas fa-angle-right" aria-hidden="true"></i></a></div> </nav> </div> <div class="grid-25 tablet-grid-25 mobile-grid-100"> <div id="secondary" class="widget-area" role="complementary"> <aside id="search-2" class="widget widget_search"><form role="search" method="get" class="search-form" 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