Angpow Story - Wendy's

~ Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:04 AM ~

I have been sharing some of my favorite angpow pieces on an angpow collectors group in Facebook and some members have been telling me to continue sharing my memorable stories and so I thought, why not write it down, that way, our kiddos can read about it when they grow up next time, eh?

For those of you who are not familiar or never heard of the words 'Angpow' (also known as 'ang pau', 'ang pao', 'angpau'), here is a quick definition:

Angpow = Red Packet (filled with cash inside) given during festivals

So for today's angpow story, it comes from this piece of lovely angpow:

Angpow Story

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had cravings for fast food and during that time, Wendy's first opened an outlet at Jaya One and hubby brought me there to try out the new restaurant. I ordered the chicken burger and fell in love with the meal! I had it so many times, averaging about 3 times a week, and ALWAYS ordering the same meal EVERYTIME. Hubby got so jelak but went along to accompany me hahaha...

As the months go by, we noticed the burgers are getting smaller, the condiments shrinking, the price increasing... so we changed to McDonalds, Carls Jnr and even Burger King. Anything to satisfy my fast food craving.

Until today I do miss eating Wendy's burger set but decided not to whenever I think of the price and portion wise.

Luckily first child is not a girl, else I think will be named as Wendy lol!!!


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The Story of A Butterfly

~ Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 11:20 PM ~

I hope to share with you all the inspiring message from the story of a butterfly that I read recently. There's quite a number of versions to this story but the lessons to learn are the same.

"Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it. The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it had and it could go no further. The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand. But neither happened!

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly…

The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly. His kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly.

In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to fly.

 

When I asked god for strength, he gave me difficult situations to face.

When I asked god for brain & brown, he gave me puzzles in life to solve.

When I asked god for happiness, he showed me some unhappy people.

When I asked god for wealth, he showed me how to work hard.

When I asked god for favors, he showed me opportunities to work hard.

When I asked god for peace, he showed me how to help others.

God gave me nothing I wanted; he gave me everything I needed."

The Story of A Butterfly

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With the recent uproar on Harambe, the endangered gorilla who had to be killed in order to save the life of a little boy who fell into the enclosure, this will be my final posting with a compiled list of articles of what I have read so far.


So many what ifs, whys, could haves, would haves...


It's sad that a gorilla had to be killed. Those who have been asking why not tranquilize? Well, it takes time to go into effect with a big sized gorilla and might make the gorilla agitated and provoked it to hurt the child. If it works, it might cause gorilla to faint on top/squashed the child. Too high dose might killed the gorilla instantly. (Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/05/29/gorilla-shot-at-zoo/)

 

There is also explanation from an experienced person who has worked with many gorillas before on why the zookeepers did not use treats or distract the gorilla to get the child back. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1203379103029809&set=a.136952966339100.18704.100000731932790&type=3&pnref=story)

 

You should also read what has Harambe's previous caretaker said of him as I personally think he knows the gorilla way better than any other experts out there who has never spent time with Harambe (Source: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/31/harambes-caretaker-he-like-one-my-sons/85216356/)

 

It's sad that the child can breached through the barriers. The boy went over a stainless steel rail that's a little more than 3 feet high, with vertical bars every eight feet. He made his way through the bushes to the edge of the moat, a distance of approximately 4 feet. From there, he dropped 15 feet to the moat, into a foot and a half of water. (Source: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/30/usda-review-gorillas-death-zoo-look-safety-exhibits/85165924/)

 

Those who said the gorilla is dragging the child across the water, how else do you expect a wild animal to move a child? Of course we don't get to see the whole 10 mins video but based on the videos I've seen, the gorilla is protecting the child from the commotion outside. Of course, I am no expert at all so feel free to disagree with my observations.

 

If the gorilla wants to hurt the child, it would've done so when the child fell into its enclosure, breaching its territory, not taking 10 minutes ordeal to be killed in the end. Apparently gorillas will display signs of attack when they feel threatened or provoked which was not shown when it approached the child. (Source: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/technology/science/animal-behaviour-expert-says-silverback-gorilla-harambe-was-not-trying-to-harm-defenceless-child/news-story/94d83332fbb86df234989f66ae621d67)

 

Parents, we all know, none of us are perfect. We don't and can't 100% watch after our kiddos all at once, but we can try to minimize any untoward incidents and make sure that while any outing remains a fun and happy one for the family, we also have to be aware of our surroundings as well.

 

Teach your child about endangered species, zoos, conservation efforts, what to do when you are out and about, dangers and risks etc.

 

Everyone, a beautiful endangered animal is gone. It will never be brought back to life again. Let's learn from this and double/triple up our watch over our kiddos and others as well, if you happened to observe any children during your outing who are acting very curious and wanting to observe things closer, alert the caretakers of the child.

 

An article to remind us that social media shaming won't bring back Harambe... http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2016/05/30/cincinnati-zoo-gorilla-harambe-death-child-parents-shaming-column/85165572/

I'm also sharing these articles with you for some real-life events:

 

A bit more info about the boy's mother and I really pitied those on FB having same names as her. (Source: http://heavy.com/news/2016/05/michelle-gregg-cincinnati-zoo-mother-mom-name-gorilla-harambe-facebook-photos-son-petition/)

 

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