Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park

Nearly 9 years in Melaka and this was my first time to this tourist site even though I have been to the zoo countless times. We were aware that due to Covid-19, stringent measures are in place.

There were plenty of parking space when we arrived and upon entering the taman, we could see the traditional houses of the different states beside each other. To me, it was a great place with tremendous potential for more visitors. Even without the abandoned mini theme park and petting zoo. It is starting to look like something out of a horror movie.

The place needed its maintenance activities in check. The original houses were so beautiful but some parts of it were wrecked. The ASEAN part was technically ruined and risks being a breeding site for dengue. We have been bitten by Aedes Aegypti so many times there.

Of course, I wouldn’t know exactly what is required to keep the place up and running but if you’re a person with money and keen eye for entrepreneurship, perhaps this is one project you might consider taking up.

I loved the Sarawak longhouse best. It was the most vibrant, colourful and different as compared to others. Followed by the Sabah house and perhaps the Terengganu one after.

It took us just about an hour to finish walking around the whole place with minimal photo taking. It is good exercise. We then headed to the Big Bowl Ice branch at MITC to have a cold beverage and light lunch.

The milk pudding with fruits is more toddler friendly, I suppose. Haneem had that. These cold serves goes well with its fried food options. We love the paratha.

10 year plan

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Suddenly I am committed to this 10 year plan. This 10 year plan will InsyaAllah end with an early retirement from KKM but also the kick-off a new career. I have visualized the end, I just need to stick to the mini milestones and make it happen.

That is Plan A.

Plan B is to continue with KKM until I am 58 years old.

I really want Plan A to work.

Son dropped water on my study table

It was partly my fault. I left a glass half full with water on my table the night before. Unfortunately, it was knocked over by my 9 year old son as he wanted to read his Doraemon comic at my table for light. What followed afterwards was an observation of how there were parts of parenting I could improve to nurture my son into a better person.

When the glass was knocked over, the first thing he did was put the glass back upright (fair enough) but just stood there and watched the water continue to flood the table, with my laptop and books still on it, then continued to watch water trickle down the table.

I had to intervene. I removed the essentials from the wet area and instructed him to get a cloth to wipe it all. He ran out of the room and made me wonder, where the heck is he going? Turned out he went to the kitchen to take the only rag he knew of in the house that could wipe water. That small rag you put at the sink to wipe down the table after every meal. I gave him a look and took a different cloth and wiped the mess. Grumbling at the same time and sent him to the living room.

After the experience, I reflected on the situation a bit. It was a simple scenario of mishap but why is it that my son couldn’t solve the problem? It could be due to ;

  • he has never been in such situation before
  • even if he has, perhaps the scenario was a bit different and he was unable to use the knowledge that he knows, tweak it a bit to suit the current situation. Something we call creative thinking? Or is it logical thinking?

He knew basically that if water spills, you take a cloth and wipe it clean. And the only cloth he knows that could do the job is the one by the kitchen sink. He was limited to that pathway of wiping the spill and that option of cloth/rag in the house. He had no idea that if you spill water on a table with important things, you need to remove those things away. He had no idea that he could just use the kain batik and shawl I have hanging on the chair to contain the area and wipe it off. Even if he still wanted to use the kitchen cloth, he could have picked a bigger on than the cinonet one to wipe the mess.

It got me to somehow think of other problems in life and how people solve them. Sometimes an issue needs only a simple solution and yet a few make it so complicated. In a way, I was drawn to something that happened at work recently.

Due to Covid19, a lot of daily work practices have to be adapted to a new norm. For example in ways of conducting a meeting or course in the form of webinars. To attend a webinar meeting for an hour or so at the workplace is fine as you would resume your tasks at work after. What I don’t understand is why a one-day webinar that requires the presence of only one participant needs to be held in the clinic premise as well. Why can’t we take it as attending a one day course ( it is after all a one day course – online form) and allow the participant to take the course at the comfort of their own home using their own residential data connection. Webinar meeting for 1 hour is less excruciating than an 8 hour webinar course. If the superior worries of the subordinates playing truant or not paying attention, the subordinate could actually do the same at the workplace. Infact, even during physical online course, the organizer cannot guarantee that participants are paying full attention to it.

It also got me thinking about the less fortunate members of the society and the words of our former Education Minister, Dr Maszlee. Him saying that some people are only capable to think and solve their issues at a certain level because that is the only way they know how. They were not taught to think better nor shown on the options they have in life. Very few are able to think creatively and critically but more often they can’t. It’s like some people, they just know that begging brings them money. They are unaware that they could apply for benefits from JKM to buffer their circumstances for the time being.

Anyway, after my son had his morning shower we sat down and went through the situation again. I asked him first on what he should do if the water spills? After he answered, I proceeded to add on other ideas to clean up the mess like moving important things away, using nearby resources etc.

Things like this taught me that what seems logical and easy to you may not appear the same to other people because we are not wired the same way. Parenting is never easy as we are not just raising and preparing another human being for the world but also learning about ourselves and figuring out how we could be better ourselves.

Reactivating my Youtube channel

I have a Youtube account. Naturally, I decided to make a Youtube channel out of it. I am kind of a very social media sort of person. Not that lively in the real world but it’s like this; if you don’t hear from me in Facebook, I am actually still around in alam maya. Maybe on Instagram. Perhaps now on Youtube but always here, in my blog.

My channel started like one of those videos where you put pictures together and put songs in it. It was basically just for fun. I was trying to reminisce moments counting up to my wedding anniversary. I think I have less than 20 videos there.

Putting up a video is hard, I did wonder how Youtubers do their thing but I guess they have always have something to show and record. I prefer writing about it more thus I blogged.

After the powerpoint-ish videos, I tried to vlog on my phone. Again, it was not that easy cause I don’t really wanna put myself out there. I don’t think I can deal with fame. HAHAHA.. perasan.

However, since I have to upload a Youtube video for my Community Service module, I might as well reactivate the channel a bit with new content. Hence, this one down below. The assignment video is due in December, so I still have time to do some editing. After all, the length of the video is only 5 -7 minutes.

My background songs are still from Hellothematics since I haven’t really learned how to make a video without violating copywriting rights. Nevertheless, the choices of tracks and songs at the site are still wonderful and free.

At the moment, I do not have a particular concept to my channel but I do know that most of it will be Silent Vlogs. Not those chit chatty ones. So, no book reviews, tutorials, mini lectures etc. It might be appealing to a small audience which is fine by me. As for content, I’d probably do more on my hobonichi or my study journey. I don’t think I would do much about work or my family due to growing concerns of privacy and confidentiality. Maybe a glimpse of it would do. I don’t know. I haven’t actually decided yet. Perhaps I’d reserve my talking videos to the ones I embed here on WordPress. Tgklah mcm mana.

Wish me luck in completing my Community Service assignments. I would be updating the progress on my other blog : NotaMinci.

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