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Muar and Ching Ming…

March 31, 2009 Leave a comment

OK… go or no go?

This Sunday my family is going back to Muar aka my “ex-hometown” (my current hometown is KL lah…) for Ching Ming…

Ever since studying in Singapore… I’d only gone Muar once, and 0 for Ching Ming…

Shall I go?

Go =>

  • Bus trip Friday Night (My mother doesn’t like me travelling at night though 95% of the time I travel at night…)
  • Saturday play 1 day at KL, maybe can cut hair some more…
  • Sunday car trip to Muar then bus trip to Singapore…

No Go (excuse) =>

  • Monday can help Juan Hui & Diana dive leh…
  • Bus car bus car damn tiring leh… and expensive… @@
  • Sunday!!!!! Sunday traffic to Singapore is DREADFUL!!!!!!

OK… I quite miss Muar leh… and Ching Ming as well…

How how?

Home song… love it!

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Categories: Life, Random

Places that I have been to…

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday I was in Asian Civilization Museum with Cikgu Lim and Mr Lim. We were once talking about “passing by” every state in Malaysia…

And suddenly I got this strong urge to list down the places that I have been to in Malaysia, and when~~ 😀

So ignore this post unless you are interested… 😛

Perlis – NONE

Kedah

  • Langkawi 2004
  • Kuala Kedah (Jetty) 1999

Penang

  • Seberang Prai area 1999
  • Penang Island 2004?

Perak

  • Kampar 1999
  • Lata Kinjang 2002

Selangor

  • Serdang-Balakong, Kajang-Semenyih 2009
  • PJ/SJ/KJ whatever J 2009
  • Batu Cave – Ulu Yam 1997(!)
  • Ijok 2007?

KL – KL 2009 (duh!)

Negeri Sembilan

  • Port Dickson 2003?
  • Seremban 2004
  • Nilai (can’t remember when was the last time… =.=)

Melaka

  • Kota Melaka… 1993/5/8? (OMG! I really need to go Melaka!!!)
  • Jasin-Merlimau 2001/2?

Johor

  • Muar 2004? (WTF, it’s supposed to be my hometown… =.=)
  • Kluang 2004
  • Yong Peng 2009 (But limited to the half-way rest stop that almost all express buses stopped by… =.=)
  • Mersing-Endau 2008
  • Kota Tinggi 2008
  • JB 2009 (duh…)
  • Pasir Gudang 2003
  • Pontian 2004

Kelantan

  • Kota Bahru 2004
  • Kuk Lanas 2004

Terengganu

  • KT 2007
  • Pulau Redang 2007

Pahang

  • Rompin 2008 (OK this one considered passby… walk from Endau to the edge of it and take ferry… :P)
  • Pulau Tioman 2008
  • Mentakab-Termeloh 2004/5?
  • Raub 2009
  • Genting Highlands 2003/4?
  • Cameron Highlands 199… 3? >.< I want to go again… @@

Sarawak

  • Kuching 2006
  • Miri-Lambir-Gua Niah 2007

Sabah

  • KK 2007
  • Sandakan-Tawau 2007
  • Maliau Basin 2007

 

Such a short list sia~

Categories: Life, Random

Beer…

March 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Prof suddenly jio people drink beer!

Drank a can of branded “Raffles”. According to Prof it was made for Raffles hotel by Asia Pacific brewery, but ended up diu cao (catonese, don’t know how to translate…)

Drank a “bigger” can of KilKenny draught, neh, 500 or 600 ml (or more? dunno lah) that kind ah

Drank another can of Guinness draught because someone didn’t know it’s different from normal Guinness stout~~

 

Now I feel like killing my last can of Budweiser… =.=  Actually it’s been a long while I (piss-)drunk… gah~

 

Anyway, been listening to this 2 song/music repetitively recently…

Latika’s Theme – Slumdog Millionaire OST

 

O re Piya – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Heard this song from Yasmin Ahmad’s newest movie “Talentime” trailer… Fell in love with it immediately… @@  It’s supposed to be OST for Hindi/Bollywood film “Aaja Nachle” (2007), Singer is Paskistani, the song is sung in Urdu language…

Categories: Life, Music

Adoring Mongabay

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Mongabay.com is my favourite blog/news site for some conservations and environmental issues…

The editor of the site is Rhett Butler, which according to him, was a major in math and economics but was fascinated the rainforest of Borneo and (kind of) henceforth started the website.

Originally the site was based around a text on tropical rainforests that I developed four year period (1996-2000), but today the site has expanded to other topics.

 
(Shamelessly copied from mongabay.com site, photo taken by Rhett Butler)

The site summarizes the bloody long news stories, scientific papers and reports into a post. And it often comes with nice pictures, graphs and sidenotes…

Even more adorably, it started an open access journal “Tropical Conservation Science”, which means free papers!!!! OK, there are a number of free journals out there, but still it is definitely fascinating to have one that is published by a website!

The chief benefit of publishing in an open access format is that papers are freely accessible to the public, allowing wide dissemination of research.
This point was confirmed by Gunther Eysenbach of the University of Toronto in a 2006 paper published in PLoS Biology, an open access journal. Analyzing citations in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from June-December 2004, Eysenbach found "open access articles are more immediately recognized and cited by peers than non-open access articles published in the same journal." He suggested that "open access is likely to benefit science by accelerating dissemination and uptake of research findings." [Eysenbach G (2006) Citation Advantage of Open Access Articles. PLoS Biol 4(5): e157 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040157]

When sometimes you can’t find some papers because NUS did not subscribe to it… and when sometimes you just feel so bloody hell lazy to add that “.libproxy1.nus.edu.sg” behind that URL, open access is definitely the coolest thing ever exists on earth…

Is Rhett Butler a full time editor? He didn’t say anything about it~

Categories: Blog, Environment

Slumdog millionaire…

March 22, 2009 Leave a comment

I watched the movie yesterday night!

It markets itself as “feel good movie”, and really, it made me felt good and had a good day… which basically means spending lots and lots of money… >.<

Oh well, the Tuition fee loan and computer loan repayment will be suspended starting next month, so I’m just moving a motion of thanks to Singapore government by spending more la~~ 😛

I don’t feel like reviewing it, all I can say is… Of the 8 Oscars, the only one I’ve doubt is sound mixing… Don’t know what it means actually LOL~

OK, short review, the story was great, the directing and editing and cinematography are wonderful and “fresh” to me… (I watched less than 10 movies in cinema and maybe less than 30 “engrand” movies in total)

The casts are nice to watch, either cute or nice-looking… 😛 But I really really fall in love with Freida Pinto, the “older Latika”… SO BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

 

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I remember reading somewhere from Malaysia-Today, there was this article talking about the diversity and racial complexity of India… Can’t find the article back though…

Anyway, the article mentioned about something like… where on earth you find an ethnic (and religion too!) minority (2% of the total population) holds one of the highest political office in a State? Well, Barack Obama pales in comparison with India’s Manmohan Singh. He’s the first Sikh Prime Minister in India, even though he’s more or less a puppet of Sonia Gandhi, the party chief of Indian National Congress… Wong Chin Huat’s said this in his article “Malaysian Obama”:

Mind you, based on the size of its population, India is the world’s largest democracy. The US is only the most powerful one. And India’s ethnic problems are certainly no less complex than those the US confronts.

Just 22 years ago, one of India’s most powerful prime ministers, Indira Gandhi, was killed by her two Sikh bodyguards after her bloody crackdown on Sikh militants. (Gandhi’s daughter-in-law still controls the ruling Congress Party.) In 2004, however, the Congress Party had no qualms in appointing a Sikh to run the country. Neither did the largest opposition party, the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), protest that the Congress Party had sold out the Hindus.

Now, if an African American had assassinated a US president in the past, could Obama have stood a chance to win the election? During the recent presidential campaign, Obama was already troubled by the "radical" views of his black pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

I know this sounds a bit random… LOL!

Categories: Movie, Politics, Random

Devastating heat

March 19, 2009 Leave a comment

"Do the politicians understand just how difficult it could be, just how devastating 4, 5, 6 degrees centigrade would be? I think, not yet."

— Nicholas Stern former UK government economics adviser

Just read this from “Soundbites from Copenhagen” in the “News in brief” section of Nature.

Seriously, what’s wrong with increasing 4, 5, 6 degrees hah? The air-cond will regulate it la! The temperature fluctuation in a day is also about like this what…

 

Anyway, one degree increase in your body temperature makes you very HOT!!! So hot that you have to eat Panadols and get quarantined during the SARS day~

Categories: Environment

The stimulus package

March 18, 2009 Leave a comment

I know this is soooo old story… but then I found these 2 photos (taken without permission from here) interesting…

The pictures were taken when the finance minister Najib was reading the Supplementary Supply Bill 2009 for the first time in the parliament.

Almost all cabinet members and BN backbenchers seemed to be there… but what about the opposition? It seems like the opposition leader, and his party’s “frontbenchers” were all absent, did they stage a walk out? Few heads were seen in the DAP chamber, while you can’t tell from the pictures that whether or not PAS MPs and the oppositions “backbenchers” were in…

I know first reading is not important (and often boring)… Perhaps they were sitting in the lounge reading the bill very carefully… and I don’t think Najib has a pleasant voice to listen to…

But it was of national importance! It is the reading of second stimulus package, that was supposed to help the rakyat to fight the financial tsunami…

 

Alright… anyway, the stimulus package stinks… more like a stinkulus package to me… And the person who read the stimulus package stinks… but then that person is going to become the country’s premier next month…

Categories: Politics, Random