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Friday, September 29, 2006

Bulan Membaca

I saw a copy of 'A Civil Action' on the desk of one of the clerks here.
Amazed to find this sort of reading material among the Harian Metros and Mastikas, I immediately asked, "Siapa punya buku ni?"
"Nur (bukan nama sebenar), encik. Dia tu memang suka benda-benda ni."

I need to pick up a book ASAP.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Devil Wears Cap Ayam

One of the things I enjoy during the fasting month is catching up on Oprah right after sahur. I guess they never changed the Head of Scheduling at Star World because I've been doing it for the past 3 years. Who on earth watches Oprah at 5 in the morning on weekdays??
Anyhow, nothing gets you up and ready for the day than the wholesome goodness of the Oprah Winfrey Show. I always learn something new. And today (this morning, that is), I learned about Tourette's Syndrome which occurs in every one out of a thousand newborns. Which is not uncommon, don't you think? How come I've never heard of this before? You selfish self-centered brat.
Mental disorders have always fascinated me. Maybe because I'm quite dysfunctional myself, but that's beside the point. These kids with Tourette's are normal, everyday kids. They're not mentally challenged or anything. They're just kids with peculiar habits that they don't have control over.
Which reminded me of a documentary I happen to catch on TVIQ (yes, that TV IQ) on a boring Sunday night a few weeks ago. It was about people who feel that their arms and legs are not a part of them and therefore, should be removed. It almost blew my brains out. Who would want to amputate their own healthy, still-functional leg? A quick Google on the matter led me to learn more about Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). Wow. I never knew such a disease existed in the first place.
I guess in a way, Hollywood has helped out a lot in us understanding more about mental diseases. Memorable characters such as Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man and good 'ol Jack getting As Good As It Gets breaks down barriers in society accepting these people and their special needs. I, for one certainly have benefited from all this.
But in all honesty, I really don't have an excuse. My father teaches counseling and we get Psychology Today in the mailbox every month.
Just shows how much I've been reading in the house. Remote, please.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

'Tis the season to be fasting

Ramadhan is here once again. I'm grateful I'm still here to greet the Holy Month.

The fasting month is always melancholic to me. In a good way, that is. Oh well, I might be the hopeless romantic here, but why shouldn't I?
Maybe it's the waking up at early dawn to have sahur with the family.
Maybe it's the sights and smells of the various servings on offer at the Pasar Ramadhan.
Maybe it's the gathering at the table during Maghrib for iftar.
Maybe it's the hustle and bustle of people rushing for prayers when the azan is called, signaling the Isya' prayers and tarawikh that goes on after it.

Whatever it is, it is certainly a special month. A new Ramadhan always brings with it a new hope and new start for a better me. Certainly on the spiritual side. But not forgetting my life in general too.
Here's to a fulfilling and memorable month. Have a happy and blessed Ramadhan to all.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

The Clash

In this day and age where the clash of civilizations have never been stronger since the Crusades, the Pope had to go out and speak on Jihad. I won't say he criticized it. That's for you to intrepret yourself here.
All I'm saying is, that he's threading on sensitive issues here. With the Middle East in ruins and fear of all things Arab in the West, add to that this week was the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 and I can confidently say, you're inviting trouble here. Being the head of the Christian faith, he should have known better than saying the things he did. You might say, "Hang on a minute, what is he really up to?" And why shouldn't we be sceptical? After all the abuse and hatred generated by Mr. Bin's work in New York, are we Muslims at fault for being so defensive?
People say don't play with fire. I think the Pope just lit up a match.

On another issue, Scomi informs us that they get only small contracts from the Government. I especially like the part where it says, "Menurut Shah Hakim, untuk setengah tahun 2006, nilai kontrak yang diperoleh syarikat itu daripada agensi kerajaan dan GLC (tidak termasuk Petronas) adalah antara RM5,250 dan RM685,000 setiap kontrak."
What's with the 'tidak termasuk Petronas'? I didn't know Petronas wasn't a GLC. I haven't been reading The Edge, I guess. So hurrah for Scomi! I knew you guys were really good.

And finally, I got tix to the Final! Hoben Jang Hoben!!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Dear Matasepet

Blogging isn't my first love anymore.
Someone else is.

I'm sorry.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Mesra ma ass

Overheard over MHI yesterday:

"Malaysia berada dalam kumpulan 30 negara mesra perniagaan utama di dunia, iaitu di tangga ke-25 daripada 175 negara, demikian mengikut kajian Bank Dunia."

"Eloklah begitu ye. Seharusnya perniagaan kecil seperti kedai-kedai runcit juga memainkan peranan untuk menjadi lebih mesra."

'Mesra perniagaan' and 'perniagaan mesra' are two different things altogether lahh bodohhh.
Kat mana TV3 kutip orang-orang ni?

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

So long and good night

Yesterday was quite an eventful day. In the world, that is. Not mine. I just minum kopi.

First shock of the day came from the courts of Flushing Meadows, New York where a tennis great bid farewell to the game he loved. Andre Agassi, in all his glory was reduced to a tearful, bald-headed old man. And to think that this guy used to run around the courts in his Spandex. Thank you Andre for being such a great player. Being only one of 5 men who has won all four Grand Slam titles, certainly he deserves his place among tennis greats.
ESPN has a great tribute here.

Later in the day, I was shocked to read about the news of Steve 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin's death on a sea expedition. Pierced through the heart from a stingray, perhaps he wouldn't have wanted a better way to go than being with nature himself. For all his "Crikey!" and strong Aussie accent, it was truly a joy to see him on the telly. Such an enthusiastic man, he was passionate about his work, as other famous wildlife personalities. He certainly ranks along with Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey and Brady Barr in terms of recognizable faces of nature enthusiasts.
Read the Times obituary for the Crocodile Hunter himself.

In saying goodbye to our former KSN, we welcomed Tan Sri Mohd. Sidek Hassan as the new leader of the civil service. Welcome Tan Sri. It would be an honour to work under your guidance. Perhaps, we will meet someday. On the 19th, maybe?

Before I forget, congratulations to Faiz for being the second man in the list. Truly a great accomplishment, I knew you'd make it. And while I'm slugging it out in the office, you're hanging out with Russian babes waiting for the next flight to space. I envy you, bro. Maybe you can do that ping pong trick you taught me in space, eh?

And to you, congratulations on your special day. You truly deserve the happiness that you have. I was honoured to be there.

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Post-Merdeka Emo Special

The parade was a blast. The sight of Malaysians (not Melayu, Cina, India or lain-lain) queing up at the bus stop at 6.45 in the morning to watch the processions gave me the impression that some people do care.
It was colourful. It was vibrant. It gave me the feel-good feeling.

But ironically, on the day of our country's independence, the party responsible for Merdeka have members who can't even respect something as simple as the Merdeka ceremony. They were talking, smoking, spitting and laughing to their hearts' content.
If these are the kind of people who will be championing our rights, we are in deep, f***ing shit.

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