Sunday, 28 August 2005

Life's Like That , eh Lydia?

It has been a while and I really need to come up for some fresh air. And how refreshing it is to be surfing and reading blogs instead of squinting my eyes at the syair and willing it to turn into a 10,000 word dissertation. So, I am back – briefly – because I’d like to welcome a new blogger - one who needs no introduction in the Malaysian media world. She is no stranger here as a reader but now she is actively blogging.

So, please join me in welcoming Lydia Teh, an accomplished writer and author. Last year, at this time I was in Malaysia and was looking at books at MPH to bring back when I saw her book – Life’s Like That and immediately bought it. A few years ago I brought back Malaysian Flavours by Lee Su Kim. These are the kind of books I love reading. Very often we take for granted our Malaysian way of life and when we are thousands of miles away, we yearn to hear the unique Manglish that is such a reflection of our soceity, our habits and taboos and culture that can only be Malaysian and none other. I used to love reading Adibah Amin’s As I was Passing and Lee Su Kim and Lydia Teh do remind me of that style of writing.
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I find that these books are also useful in briefings to expats going to work and live in Malaysia. Lydia in Life’s Like That brings us scenes from Malaysian life that we have taken so much for granted and yet instantly recognise ourselves, the minute we read them in print. Lydia has also written a guidebook on how to maximise your chances of winning competitions. This, I must get before trying to get a place in ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.

I don’t know whether we are related in anyway – you know – coming from the same Teh clan..he he, but we’ve hit it off so far...emailing and smsing. Yes, I know I owe you some replies to your emails, Lydia. And thanks for the comforting words in the last one.

So, from Kak Teh to Lydia Teh – Welcome to Bloggers’ World! You’ll be a hit!

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Jane Sunshine said...

Glad you managed to sneak away from the syaer for awhile. And hello Lydia.

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the jamie said...

I bought her book about a year ago!

Lydia Teh said...

Thanks for that rousing welcome, Kak Teh. Not really that "accomplished" a writer. Still got loads to learn but thanks for the vote of confidence.

Hi, Jane Sunshine and The Jamie!

momofanissufiya said...

hi kak teh :)

bout ur spam prob, why dont u give this a try:-

"Marc said…
You should edit your preferences and enable "word verification", that way people won't be able to spam your comment system.
Just a wee tip from a new guy who found the option whilst browsing."

found it while bloghopping. tak tau la useful ka dak. tapi "cuba la try"

faux diamante said...

WARK WELCOME to you lydia! i am sure u have noticed how addictive this blogging thing is.

Kak Teh said...

amboi banyaknya pelawat yang tak diundang - lydia kenalah tulis 'How to stop spams!
btw - the jamie, can i link you to sentraal station?
The Jamie - kak teh bought the book and didnt finish reading cos I left it in Malaysia and of course now I will get a signed copy!
momofanisuffiya - i hope i got this right - thanks for the tip!
jane - we've got another good blogger here!

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anedra said...

welcome lydia! looking forward to visiting yr blog!

Kak Teh said...

anedra , thanks.
I have set the word verification thingy! bye bye spammers!

ailin...in aalborg said...

Kak Teh, was blogging with my little one on my lap. When he saw your blocks of chocs on the header, he got excited, and shouted, "Look Mak--CHEESE!!" And I said, "No sayang, that's chocolate." And he said.."No, it's cheese." :D

Maya said...

Hiya KT,

Good to see you are taking a break. Hope all is fine on the home front. Remember when the going gets tough the tough get going :) Before you know the desertation will be done and you will be packing to get here!

Yes Lydia, welcome. I was at the Asian Women's Summit too. I went into the Mentoring lab and met some more women on ehome. We had fun!

AuntyN said...

Warm welcome to Lydia. I saw yor name at the station and went to check out your bblog already. Will be returning there on and off. Didn't leave any comment though.
Will look up your book later on.

Kak teh, spammers suka your blog lah. I KNEW that you will need to breath. If you think I can help you in any way with the big D then just SHOUT OK. Kut la nak suruh jampi ka, pakai perasap ka, nak bawak pi jumpa bomoh ka nak bagi dapat A tu, habaq mai no... hehehe.

Atok said...

i think ah, this spammer/bot know lah itu Sir Goneng is not around... so, dia mari attack aaaa... manyak noti ooo.

anyway, good to see u again the other day; though with syair book in your purse... sempat berjoget lambak. hahahaha.

Lollies said...

ehem saya pernah masuk who wants to be a millionare.

Lydia Teh said...

Hi Auntyn, Maya, Anedra. Thanks for the welcome.

Maya, Before I left I had a peak at the room of the Mentoring learning lab : so many empty seats! Did you know many of us didn't get the labs of our choice due to lack of places? I ended up in Get That Job by See Ming but I didn't regret it. It was a great session.

On Who wants to be a millionaire. Kak Teh, no need to read my book for this. Must read all the newspapers, magazines, encyclopaedias, dictionaries to win that one.

the kimster said...

Good book. We need more of this kind of stuff in the market.

Kak Teh,
Nanti jangan lupa publish the book!!! :)

CikNi said...

hi kak teh apa habak? letih no...

Jane Johan said...

Kak Teh: Ohh good now you've got Lydia linked!

ps: Hello Lydia...