Monday, July 4, 2011

Potty training!


Aaaaaaaannnndd I'm back people!

First up, post request from Low Pui Yee: Advice about cats.

How To Make Sure They Don't Make A Mess!

Kitties! How I love them!!

But don't be fooled! They too have an evil side!

BEWARE of...

And NO! Take a closer look! Those are mini chocolate covered cakes! NOT cat poo! Bet you thought it was though for a split second there didn't ya? Hahaha XD

No pics of cat poo! You wanna know why??



Cat poo is Evil! 

Horrible stuff! It's so bad, even cats can't stand them! Hahahaha..

Even Bieber agrees with me!

Hahahaha. Just kidding XD
Whether it's a stray kitten or you just bought your first lil kitty from a pet store, the first thing you need to do is potty train them! Most cats will straight away use the 'toilet' if provided (tray with sand) but some cats need training. Here's how:

1. Take the poopie from wherever it did it's business and place it in the tray.

2. Clean the original place where they pooped thoroughly and perfume or fabreeze it to mask any trace or smell of their doodoo, haha.

3. Leave the freshly baked poopie in the tray for atleast a half hour so they can associate the new litter box with relieving themselves. And make sure they see it! Take them to the tray and let them have a lil sniff. They'll walk away for a while, buat hal sendiri, take them back and show it them again to reinforce it. Sniff sniff, touch the sand a bit and they'll soon get the idea.

 If you want to go a step further and potty train them to use human toilets, here's how:

1. Place kitty's litter box next to the toilet seat and let it associate the bathroom as its new go-to place to relieve themselves. Rest.

2. Next, raise the litter box off the ground and stack on some old newspaper, magazines or box. Raise it to the height of the toilet seat but raise it bit by bit. Start with an inch raised, then maybe a day or two later, raise it another 2 or 3 inches, stacked higher on more newspaper. Make sure the litter box is stable on top of the stacked items so that kitty feels comfortable doing its business. Rest.

3. Once the litter box is raised to about the same height of the toilet seat, place the whole litter box over the toilet. Like this:


4. Remove litter box completely and nestle a metal mixing bowl inside the toilet bowl. Fill the bowl with about two inches of litter.

Naturally, any humans using the toilet at this point will want to remove the metal bowl prior to their own use and replace it afterward. The next week or two the whole process is likely to be something of an annoyance; if you begin to think it’s not worth it, just remember that you will never have to clean a litter box again.

5. Watch your cat using the bathroom in the metal bowl. Next you have to teach him proper squatting posture. Catch him beginning to use the toilet as much of the time as possible and show him where his feet are supposed to go. Just lift them right out of the bowl and place them on the seat (front legs in the middle, hind legs on the outside). If he starts out with three or, heaven forbid, all four feet in the bowl, just get the front two feet out first. Praise him all over the place every time he completes the activity in this position.

6. Begin reducing the litter in the bowl. Rinse out the metal bowl, put a little bit of water in the bottom. Increase the water level each time, just as you decreased the litter level. Remember, if at any point kitty looks nervous enough about the change to give the whole thing up and take his business behind the door, back up a step or two and try the thing again more slowly.

7. Once the water in the mixing bowl is a couple of inches deep and your cat is comfortable with the whole thing, you get to perform the last bit of magic. Take the mixing bowl away, leaving the bare toilet!

NOTE: Toilet training cats to use the human toilets may take a while and requires alot of patience. but once that is done, you'll be fine. And whether you are toilet training them to use the litter box or the human restroom, go with what your cat feels comfortable with. Even my cat just uses a litter box. Some cats learn faster than others too. So if your cat is stealthy and smart and he can balance himself just fine on the seat, the metal mixing bowl stage can be tossed out entirely!

For those who are just beginning potty train your cats, start with the simplest - litter box. In Pui Yee's case, place the litter box outside so they know that they're not allowed inside ok.

Voila! Your cat is now toilet-trained!



Friday, March 11, 2011

Talent is a gift, but character is a choice..


Well, for those who know my college life and experience, you should know how I've slowly given up on my education and have had my motivation sucked out of me. 

Seriously, anything you can think of that can go wrong in an institution, has gone wrong in my college; politics, language barrier, favoritism, racism, class cancellation, unqualified 'lecturers' who don't know NADA about the subject (eg: part time businessman hired, ex-students who has just graduated who didn't even major in my course and didn't ace in their course either ending up as my lecturers, etc), lack of educational resources, material and infrastructure (eg: our library is the size of 4 bookshelves, there's only 1 computer for about 1000+ students use, etc), money-minded staff, sexual harassment, leak of private and confidential information, incomplete records of past payments and transactions, and banyak lagi. 

Every time any of these incidences would occur, bit by bit I became demoralized. And every time I tried to raise these urgent issues to the authorities, they would feed me their excuses. I couldn't bare facing the people in college because I detested what they stood for, their actions and lack of work ethic. I haven't been to college for probably about three months and have left my studies in the dust. 

I channeled my attention to managing the family business, nursing several cats and kittens, traveled hundreds of kilometers to see family  and relatives in need of moral support, spent more time at the orphanage, caught up with friends, invested more 'ka-ching' in the banks (I love banking! Can't wait to get the returns XD InsyaAllah), did other charity work, did errands and I did have my laze moments and just watched Discovery for hours.

Of course, other people's actions and decisions affects our lives and the way we feel. But the point is, I chose how much it got to me. I let them bury me deeper when I was already down. I let them play with my emotions.

We have no control over a lot of things in life. We don't get to choose our parents. We don't select the location or circumstances of our upbringing. We don't get to control other people's actions. We don't get to pick our talents or IQ.

But we do get to choose our character. In fact, we create it every time we make choices - to bend the truth or stand under the weight of it, to take the easy money or earn your dimes, to bail out or dig out of a hard situation.

As we live our lives and make choices today, we are continuing to create our character.

Your character determines who you are.

Who you are determines what you see.

What you see determines what you do.

In times of adversity, challenges and the bad weather of life, what are you going to choose? Are you going to let circumstances chip at your character?

I certainly have let others affect me more than they should. And I'm not going to let them do that anymore.

Now, I choose....

Well, I dang well gonna try! Gotta keep my self motivated!


Friday, February 11, 2011

You know what love is...


I haven't heard this song for quite some time. And when I did, it brought tears to my eyes.
Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You

Will always love you
You, ooh

I hope
life treats you kind
And I hope
you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish you joy
and happiness
But above all this
I wish you love

And I...
Will always love you
Will always love you

I, I will always love
Darling I love you
I'll always
I'll always

At first, the lyrics reminded me of some friends, who I loved and cared for. I reminisced our joyful times together. The times when we there for each other, through thick and thin. The challenges we faced and how we'd overcome them.

But of course life has its curve balls and things took a spin. Situations changed, people changed.

Sacrifices and decisions were made. Everyone took a different path. And even though I still care for these people very much, things are different. Very different.

Then, the chorus came along and it was then when the emotions inside of me overflowed and spilled over. Tears welled up in my eyes and trickled down slowly.
"And I... Will always love you.."
"I... Will always love you.."

And it came to me, like a beautiful thunderstorm.

Thoughts blew and flew through my mind. Dark clouds formed as i remembered all the wrongs that I have done. Regret drenched my soul as realisation sunk in. The tears trickled.

"And I... Will always love you.."
A whirlwind of emotions. Memories uprooted, hurled and crashed. The whole landscape was changing and the words of the chorus took a whole different meaning.


We think we know love. We love our families, we love our friends, we love our homes. Some love their countries, some love animals and some love their careers. We love our teachers, we love our relatives and we love our parents. We love all these people and things because of all that they have contributed to our lives and what they have made us felt; proud, accomplishment, validated, heard, belonging?

And in the midst of loving all these people, we forget the one love that truly matters in our lives. The one love that never ends.

Even if we could bundle up all of the 'love' in this world, the young love, the love of soul mates; an old married couple, the love of friendship, the love of brotherhood, etc. I mean, ALL the 'love' in this world, from all the different types of relationships on earth, from the first love at the beginning of time, till the end of worldly existence.

All of it will never compare to the love of Allah swt. Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim.

How much Allah loves me.

How much Allah loves you.

How much Allah loves us.

Yet, how much effort have we put in to even try to return Allah's love for us? How much of our actions and the things we do are really sincere to please Allah swt?

The love among humans can take many forms and they evolve. Some fade away, some are rekindled, while a rare few really are true. Of course love for each other, love for people, love for animals, love for this earth, are encouraged in Islam and in all the major religions in the world too, but we must not forget or take lightly the unshakable love of our Creator.

It is the one and only love worth struggling for.
It is the one love that would lead the way to others.
It is the one love that should be on the top of our list.

As the song ended, the ruffle of thoughts inside my head settled. My emotions cleared and a calm came over me. All the good and bad memories of love, friendship and hardship, nestled back into the nook and crannies of my brain. But from now on, every time i reminisce on any of them, I'll see it from a different perspective.

May we all aim, work towards and, InsyaAllah attain, feel and experience the most important love there is.

Allah will always love us.

Do we love Him?


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Something smells fishy?


It's getting fishy up in here!

Yep, today's post is about fish. Thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (such an English name, hee. Love it!). You might recognise him from The River Cottage series on The Asian Food Channel on Astro. Last year, he was busy with his Free-Range Chicken movement, and this year he's fist-ting up for a fish fight.

Here's the thing. European Union states that fishermen are allowed to fish on a quota. Meaning, a fisherman aiming to catch, let's say Cod, is allowed to fish until he reaches a certain amount, let's say 100,00 Cod, then he must return back to land. This quota was implemented to protect the endangered fish population and to prevent over-fishing. The fishes that are over the quota must be returned back to sea before they reach land.

However, the most efficient equipment to catch large amounts of fish are nets. I mean, we can't expect fisherman to supply the people's demand for fish, one by one on a rod now can we? And so, by using nets, fishermen have no control over what type of fish will get caught in them, especially in a mixed fishery where many different fish live together.

Fishing for one species often means catching another, and if people don’t want them or fishermen are not allowed to land them, the only option is to throw them overboard. The vast majority of these discarded fish will die.

Because discards are not monitored, it is difficult to know exactly how many fish are being thrown away. The EU estimates that in the North Sea, discards are between 40% and 60% of the total catch.

Others are prime cod, haddock, plaice and other popular food species that are “over-quota”. Fishermen are not allowed to land any over-quota fish; if they accidentally catch them – which they can’t help but do - there is no choice but to throw them overboard before they reach the docks.

So, you wanna help?

Here's how:

1. You can click here and sign up to support the campaign. By supporting the campaign, your name will be included in a letter to be sent to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, members of the Common Fisheries Policy Reform Group, and all MEPs.

If you would like to read the letter, click here!

2. Spread the word! Ask your friends and family to give their name to the cause too. To know more about Hugh's Fish Fight, visit their official website, To learn more about the solutions and ideas put forward by some NGO's on how to solve this problem, read up on it here.

3. For some scaly fun, take Hugh's Fish Challenge!

A simple act of just giving your name, WILL make a difference.

Sign up! It'll only take a sec >_<



Saturday, January 15, 2011

A little goes a long way..


First up, thank you to Atikah Yusof for her enthusiasm and interest =) Alhamdulillah..

She asked for some simple tips on how to support worthy causes, charities, etc. So here it goes!

 Tip top tips to get started!


Do what is easy for you - To hear and see others put an effort to give back to the community/environment, inspires us to do the same. And when the upsurge of motivation rides us, we want to get on board, NOW.

A second later though, we think again, 'Wait a sec, I don't have a car to go to the recycling center nor the opportunity to go to charity events. I'm on a tight budget and time just always seem to be against me.'

Here's a quote for ya.
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll get, what you've always got" - Anthony Robbins
The trick is to do what you've always done, but do it differently.


a) What you do with your time online. Most of us catch up on facebook, go through new photos on tumbler, read our friend's blogs, skype, gaming, some do their research on assignments or follow up on world news and etc. We use the internet for leisure, academics and business. But we rarely use it or think of it as a way to give back to the community, help charity work or support environmental efforts.

Spend a few minutes to search for some sites that are trustworthy, such as The World Wildlife Fund, The Red Cross, GreanPeace, etc. If you come across new organisations that you've never heard of, browse a lil' through their site to get a vibe of their goals and agenda. Then, do what you can! May it be giving your name to be included in a petition or supporting a campaign or spreading the word or doing simple online activities.

b) Separate your trash and chuck the recyclables at your nearest recycle bin.

c) Keep a foldaway recyclable lil' bag in your handbag or bag. I use mine as a keychain so it goes everywhere with me! Aren't they cute?

I bought mine at Jusco, though you can buy these at souvenir shops, art shops, Giant and even at some top quality pasar malam.So the next time you purchase something, kindly decline the plastic bag, just whip this out and tadaaaa...! Intsant bag out of nowhere 0.0

d) Turn your lights off when you leave a room

e) Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth

f) Use a biodegradable plastic bag for your rubbish bin. Its only a teeny bit more pricy.

g) For those who have a printer at home, buy two types of paper. A cheaper, thinner 70gsm, 60gsm or even 50gsm paper and a heavier, better quality 80gsm paper. Use the 70gsm paper for test printing or light printing work and use the 80gsm paper for important documents and for double sided printing.

h) support 'Green' products and companies.

i) when photocopying simple notes or work just for your reference, ask to photocopy in 'image com'. 2 original papers will be copied on a one side of a paper, half for each original page. And if you ask for back and front photocopy, 4 original papers will be photocopied on a single piece of paper, 2 on each side of the paper. Yeah, that sounds a lil' confusing, sorry. It might take a second thought to figure it out, haha. Give it a go though. The writing will obviously be smaller but still readable. It'll save ink and paper! Kill two birds with one stone =)

And there are lots more things you can do. InsyaAllah, I'll post when I can. The point is, whichever one you choose to do, do what feels easy for you. Don't overwhelm yourself. You don't have to straight away join a charity society or go to an orphanage or drive to recycle centres or do hours of voluntary work. Start with baby steps and we move on from there. Fit in these new little changes in your daily routine.

Simple changes, a little effort here and there, will snowball into a real positive difference for this world.

Hope this was helpful! More to come, God willing.

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