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Saturday, December 31, 2005

My top 10 favourite links of 2005

I've been to millions of web pages since the first day I came into contact with the Internet. However, there are dozens of fascinating websites which keep on drawing me back. Since today is the very last day of the year 2005, I'm going to narrow down my list and reveal my top 10 favourite links for this whole year.

- tiMes JoUrNaL --- My blog! *My sanctuary*
- Lowyat.NET Forum --- Malaysia's #1 community forum for information sharing on all sorts of topics. *My permanent abode in cyberspace*
- Wikipedia --- The world's foremost free online encyclopedia. *My most trusted buddy*
- Google --- The world's premier search engine. *My best online companion*
- Yahoo! --- A place where you would go shouting Yahoo! *My internet browser's homepage*
- CNN.com --- Get connected with the world around us even when you're net-surfing. *My news thirst quencher*
- 百度MP3 --- 全球最大中文MP3搜索引擎。*我的中文音乐宝库*
- GSMArena.com --- Latest news, reviews and updates about mobile phones. *My mobile phones wonderland*
- ImageShack® --- Host your favourite pictures and photos! *My online picture archives*
- Gmail --- The world's most sought-after email service provider. *My gigantic online mailbox*

Thursday, December 29, 2005

25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2005

I've just found a truly fascinating site, and I've decided to share it with you guys here. Imagine you're watching stunning streaming images that are brought to you live from places of interests around the world right in front of your PC! My most favourite webcam is the one featuring the Eiffel Tower, a grand and elegant 19th-century iron structure that is still standing amidst the romantic backdrop of the French capital and has already become one of the world's most recognizable icons.

Here's the link:
EarthCam --- 25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2005

It's recommended to view the webcams with broadband connections for smoother streaming and higher refresh rates. Enjoy it!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Memories of December 26th

After sending off the joyous Christmas Day, the world welcomes the arrival of the Boxing Day. Yesterday (December 26th), I went to Ipoh, Perak with my family and relatives in a big 5-seat-row Jati-sponsored MPV (yup... that's Jati rice) to attend a cousin's wedding banquet.

Speaking of December 26th, I'm sure none of us would ever forget the colossal tsunami that swept through a dozen of nations bordering the Indian Ocean one year ago, damaging and ravaging everything hindering its paths. The rarely-seen big-magnitude disaster had left more than 275,000 individuals dead and missing plus millions more homeless. It's a painful memory for those who have lost their homes and beloved ones in the calamity, especially when their beloved ones' corpses are still yet to be found in the vast ocean. It's a solemn and sombre 1st anniversary even for the fortunate ones, as the memories of that unpredicted event keep on haunting their daily lives.

Besides that particular day being the anniversary of the unprecedented event in this region, it's also the birthdays of both my eldest and youngest aunts (my dad's eldest and youngest sis). And now it's my cousin's wedding anniversary. Funny and weird huh.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Xmas Celebration

I just went to my classmate's house for the Christmas party (by the way, he's a Roman Catholic) upon his sincere invitation. Me and my friends were enjoying ourselves in the BBQ, grilling lotsa chickens that were previously marinated in a tumeric gravy (if I'm not mistaken). I spread some margarine and honey on those marinated chickens to get them cooked faster besides enhancing their flavours. And guess what, my chickens turned out to be really delicious! Nice job huh. There were also sausages and sweet corns for us to grill but unfortunately I haven't had the chance to grill those. What a pity!

After bidding farewell to him, we headed for the Kedah Bowl Bowling Centre in City Plaza. We were the last to leave after the game (of course excluding the staff). I was having so much fun with this bunch of pals tonight (to be exact, it's supposed to be last night as the time has already passed 12 a.m.) and we were sharing stories and laughter as the time moved on.


I haven't had any Xmas celebrations before and that's why tonight (OK... I know it's last night!) is one of the most memorable and unique nights for me this year. Although it's just a few hours of hanging out with them but I'm very satisfied. Thanks guys for making my day! Merci beaucoup!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Xmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year...


I hereby wish all of you a Merry Xmas! Let's spread the joys and happiness of this great festival to all four corners of the world!


Warmest regards,
kyh '05

Friday, December 23, 2005

An eerie night trip

I just came back from my second trip to my residential area. The night journey there was so exhilarating and extraordinary compared to the day trip. It was also quite an eerie experience for me, pretty much like roaming a deep jungle in the sheer moonlight.

I hopped on my uncle's (my cousin's dad) Land Rover (a fine way to conquer those flooded lanes which are currently off-limits to common vehicles) and began our night adventure. I was amazed to see the waters on several flooded alleys this morning have retreated by sunset. They were now nowhere to be seen. It all happened within a day! I've absolutely no idea how the > 1 foot high waters retreated in such a lightning speed.

Just then, we found out that those vanishing waters have all moved towards the site that included the big soccer field, causing that area to be inundated. The water level is still very high here, as opposed to other affected areas. As our vehicle moved along those heavily flooded lanes, the waters splashed all over its body mercilessly. And for safety reasons, the electricity of this area has been cut off, which plunged this area into complete darkness besides being shrouded in a peculiar eeriness, and the flooded lanes only illuminated with the weak lights emitted from the vehicle. As we went further ahead (we were now intruding into the severely affected Taman Malaysia which borders Taman Lumba Kuda), the waters appeared to be deeper than ever. It seemed like we were being gradually engulfed by the mighty waters. Plus, the water level we met here was almost 3 to 4 feet high! Oh my... It was damn terrifying but I enjoyed it very much (crazy me...)!

Well guys, I've actually taken some snapshots during that wonderful trip but unfortunately the pics appeared to be pitch-black and were totally non-viewable. Too bad that my trusty webcam has failed this task! Maybe I should bring along a powerful imaging device on my very next trip...

Retreat!

Early this morning, I joined my dad and a cousin to visit our residential area in Taman Golf-Taman Lumba Kuda. The condition of that area has improved quite significantly, pretty much to our delight after we've lived in exile for 2 nights. Most of the main roads and alleys can be crossed by vehicles, and the waters have retreated to the sides. However, the alleys that are linked to our residence are still being flooded, although the water level has been much lower than days earlier, which I assumed it now to be measuring from 1/2 foot to almost 1 foot high, or maybe even more. The worst-affected areas are still those surrounding the big soccer field, and also the lanes that surround the PRIMA tuition centre. Those 'canals' are still inaccessible to vehicles, except those mighty Land Rovers and big trucks.


One good news for the residents here --- the electricity has been resumed! Besides, our residence has never been flooded, which is certainly the best news for us. My dad parked his car on a piece of dry land (again!) and walked back home barefooted on the murky waters. My cousin and I were reluctant to do so as it was too disgusting for us (knowing that those waters might contain excrements and microscopic skin-disease viruses). Thus, both of us were left there waiting for his return and I utilized this opportunity to walk around (avoiding those flooded areas by sticking to the dry patch of land) and snap some valuable flood scenes (again with my trusty webcam).

After a 30-minute (was it?) wait, my dad finally returned by hitchhiking on a motorcycle. In our car, he told us that a cat had died right in front of our door! He also told us that it was kinda bitten by other creatures (maybe some hungry stray dogs due to the lack of food during floods? or maybe rats... whatsoever!). It has started to rot (with flies flying about its carcass!), but fortunately the smell of rotten flesh hasn't filled the air yet. Otherwise, we would've taken years to disperse that unpleasant and nauseating odour and visitors would avoid our house for the years to come for sure!

And as usual, here are some pics that I've taken in my residential area that you guys might wanna see:


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

On the move

Wow... My family have moved to my cousin's home temporarily, and here I am, in my cousin's room typing this post. Our home's electricity has been cut off by the authority a few hours ago and therefore we were forced to move out from our home until everything returns normal. After we've done our packings, we had to brave ourselves to walk along a stretch of alley which is flooded with knee-level water while carrying our luggage in order to reach our car which was parked at the end of the alley. Due to the high water level on that stretch of alley which might damage our Proton Gen-2's car engine, my dad had to park his car on a tiny piece of dry land there. (He was out this morning while the water level was still low.)

While we were walking on that 'waterway', I've managed to snap a handful of flood scenes with my mum's mobile phone. I had to be extra cautious with this as this mobile phone isn't water-resistant. If there's any mishap, the gadget would be gone forever. I felt like as if I were walking on the sea waters... Very cold indeed. It's a very fresh experience to me as I've never encountered any flood in real life before. Nevertheless, it's such a pathetic scene as many roads and alleys in my residential area were transformed into rivers and waterways in a flash.

I hope that this disaster would be over very soon so that I would be able to return to my home. I'm also praying that my house wouldn't get flooded or at least not as worse as those I've seen just now.

Islander

Well, the water level has been rising rapidly since yesterday. My residence is currently being surrounded by water. All possible accesses to the urban centre are being blocked by water. Due to a relatively high land level around my residence, thus my residence has not yet been flooded, but I bet this would happen tonight. This situation truly makes me feel as if I were an islander.

I've also taken some pics a moment ago and maybe you could compare the water level of today with yesterday. Please bear in mind that the dry land is where my residence is located while the flooded areas are within 50-metre range from my residence.



Heck... Those scenes are reminiscent of the aftermaths of the tsunami disaster last December, right? It seems like something very bad would happen everytime Christmas is near. Could it be God's punishment on us due to our decadence and depravity in today's modern society? Maybe He has chosen Christmas Day to punish us as a lot of us have already forgotten and abandoned Christ's great teachings and His sacrifice for the whole of humanity 2 millenia ago. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Emergency... Not now... But soon...

Oh boy... Several low-lying areas of the northern states on the Malay Peninsula, the southern Thai city of Haadyai and its surrounding areas have suffered from floods of various degrees these days. Small towns such as Jitra, Changloon and the state capital of Perlis have become stranded in a sea of surging mud waves. The waters rose as high as the rooftops in the worst-hit areas, and they were collectively transformed into the pathetic version of the Italian city of Venice overnight!

Even my hometown Alor Star, the state capital of Kedah has been hit by the flood as well, but the condition here is still far from critical compared to those areas I've mentioned above. Nevertheless, I've heard from my parents that the urban centre of this city is gradually becoming an isle stranded in the middle of an anonymous ocean. Besides, water supply in several parts of Alor Star has been cut off already, with my house currently facing low water pressure. Worse off, the murky waters are now preparing to invade my residence!

Take a look at these exclusive pics I've taken with my trusty webcam outside my house:



Oh gosh... The drain waters are rising up rapidly to the dangerous level and soon the banks would burst! Damn... My home-sweet-home would be invaded in a split second! What the hell... I gotta pray more so that my house wouldn't get flooded like those shown on the TVs and newspapers...

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Da Vinci Code: The Movie Trailer

I've already watched the movie trailer of the upcoming Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman film, The Da Vinci Code. It's absolutely overwhelming... Simply stunning and spectacular!

Click on the link below to visit:
The Da Vinci Code Official Movie Site

Direct download links of the movie trailer: (Right Click > Save Target As...)
Normal:
Small (5.79 MB)
Medium (12.92 MB)
Large (20.21 MB)

High Definition (ONLY recommended for PCs with kick-ass performances and equipped with broadband connections):
480p (30.43 MB)
720p (92.12 MB)
1080p (158.10 MB)

P/S: QuickTime Player version 7 is required to play the movie trailer.

Click on the link below to download:
QuickTime 7

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Da Vinci Code: The Movie

The Da Vinci Code

Finally... The highly anticipated movie adapted from the controversial no. 1 New York Times best-selling novel by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code will be launching its world première next May!

Much to my delight and surprise, the movie which stars the Academy Awards winning actor Tom Hanks as the main character Robert Langdon will also première in Malaysian cinemas on May 18th 2006! However, I'm still sceptical of this. It's no wonder that I treat the Malaysian film-première with scepticism mainly due to the limitation of the 2004's highly controversial movie of Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ to Malaysian Christian audiences only and was only made available in a few selected Malaysian cinemas. Before the intervention of the current Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during the World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order plenary commission meeting held in the Malaysian capital in 2004 upon the inquiries of reporters regarding the movie, Gibson's film was completely banned in predominantly Muslim Malaysia. Since The Da Vinci Code is also a movie depicting the history of Christianity, or more precisely the history of Roman Catholicism, which is the largest denomination of Christianity, my only concern is that it might fall under the same fate as well.

But on the other hand, The Da Vinci Code can be described as an anti-Christian film, since it openly challenges the universally accepted dogma of Christianity for the past 2000 years and debates about its legitimacy, by claiming that Jesus Christ is neither God nor the Son of God, and that He was actually married to Mary Magdalene, a devoted disciple of Him, who was even pregnant with His child. In contrast to traditional Christian beliefs, Muslims reject the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but they regard Him as a revered prophet (Nabi Isa al-Masih) of the Islamic faith. This argument resembles what The Da Vinci Code has claimed. Since this view coincides with the Islamic teachings, the movie might be able to pass the stringent measures taken by the authorities of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board.

Citing the factors given above, I could only conclude that chances for this movie to make its début here is 50:50. Nevertheless, I bet it's going to be 2006's hottest film. I'm hoping that this movie would be able to reach the Malaysian silver screen as slated.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Destiny's Child --- #1's

I just came back from Penang along with my cousins and we've been to the resort island's foremost shopping mall, Gurney Plaza. This is my 2nd patronage there for this month. Due to the Christmas season, the whole plaza is embellished with beautiful Christmas ornaments, including a huge Christmas tree crowned with a star at the main entrance of the shopping mall.

I'm very pleased to announce that I've finally bought my copy of Destiny's Child's latest album, #1's! What makes this album such a precious collector's item for all Destiny's Child's fans is because this is the final album of this world's most famous trio besides being a marvellous compendium of their no. 1 hit singles. As a Destiny's Child's steadfast fan for all these years, I'm damn sad to learn that they had decided to split and to pursue individual careers in the music industry.

Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle --- All the best on your journey to stardom!


#1's

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Hey guys, it's already in cinemas! The dazzling work of the Anglo-Irish author C. S. Lewis has eventually made its way to the silver screen! I'm thinking of watching one with my friends. It looks damn interesting in the movie trailer with its impressive graphics and magical storyline. It's undoubtedly the most anticipated film this upcoming Christmas! So what are you guys still waiting for?

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Doomsday?

I've read from the newspaper that there will be an Armageddon by the year 2036 --- our planet will be visited by a large destructive asteroid named Apophis, with a diameter of 390 metres. Due to its close passage by the planet Earth on April 13 2029, it's predicted that the asteroid Apophis will collide with our planet in the year 2036. The might of the collision is said to be 100,000 times greater than the atomic bomb explosion in the Japanese city of Hiroshima during the World War II. That amount of energy is enough to destroy a large part of our world for certain! I bet all of the world's most violent natural catastrophes would be awakened simultaneously, and subsequently plunge our world into complete darkness besides marking the threshold of a new Ice Age --- a very conspicuous omen of doomsday.

"Oh pious people of the 21st century! Pray to Lord with all your heart! Do good deeds out of your sincerity! Love your neighbours and all your enemies!"

"Oh all the children of God's Kingdom! The Judgement Day is finally arriving!"

Hmm... So what do you think of my version of the Gospel? Oh well... No offence to those Christians out there though...

Monday, December 05, 2005

Poor thing...

You know what, I've stepped on a mini-sized lizard without knowing it! I only knew about this after being condemned by my dad. And yes, it's officially dead. Oh my... I feel so bad right now. I've never killed any creature larger than a mosquito before. What a poor thing... This tiny lizard had been crawling around my house for some time. It was like an inhabitant here. I really feel guilty for causing its death. It wouldn't have died if I've watched my steps earlier! It's too late for me to regret now...

Dear lizard,

I sincerely hope that you could condone me for what I've done to you. If you've got the chance to reincarnate, do choose to become a human being, since a man's life is worth a billion times more than a tiny lizard's.

R.I.P. my buddy...

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Finally... It's over!!!

I’ve waited this day for so long. I’ve just attended my last tuition class for the year 2005, and it’s now officially over! Finally!!!

Gosh… It’s December now, and I’ve wasted one month doing nothing at all! My November schedule was jam-packed with all sorts of tuition classes, from Physics to Additional Mathematics. I even had to attend 7 tuition classes a week. Just imagine that!

Time is moving swiftly. My 2-month long holiday would come to an end very soon. That’s damn awful! I dislike the idea of returning to my school next January. It really sucks… I just simply hate it! Next year would be a very busy and tough year for me. I have to sit for the most important examination in my 19 years of life (as of the year 2006) --- the STPM. This examination will determine my future --- whether or not I would be granted the admission into a university, be it local or foreign. I really need to gear up for it if I want to see the existence of my future. But the matter is I’m an extremely lazy person, yet I wouldn't want to get crappy results which would disappoint me and my whole family. I’m really running out of time. I would definitely not gonna make it if I were to fire my sluggish and rusty engine next year.

Let time determine it all. It gives me an excruciating headache just to think of it!

Must watch!

I'd watched the final episode of the nerve-racking 30-episode Hong Kong's TVB Cantonese serial, War and Beauty 金枝欲孽 on Astro's Wah Lai Toi channel 华丽台 the night before yesterday. It depicts the vicious scenes among the imperial concubines of China's Qing Dynasty who sought every feasible method and even planned and masterminded meticulous conspiracies and assassinations just to win the emperor's affection. They were either friends or foes in the war for the emperor's love. This Cantonese serial is probably the most successful TVB serial in history. It receives widespread popularity among staunch TVB Cantonese serials fans and beyond. Approximately one-third of Hong Kongers (that's over 2 million!) were watching its final episode simultaneously when it was aired one year ago. Each episode is filled with unexpected thrills and surprises. I'm very impressed with the ingenious minds of the imperial concubines, who managed to think of brilliant yet extremely devious plots in order to trap their formidable adversaries. But anyway, I'm not too fond of the final episode's storyline. I don't like the way it ends. It seems to me as if it's suspended half-way in the air. It's not the ending that I want. How about the idea of shooting my very own version of ending? Hehe...

I've been telling my friends about this must-watch Cantonese serial all these times and one of them (the one who bought the Sony Ericsson W550i Walkman phone) had even gone to buy the pirated DVD version of this serial. (Shhh... Don't tell the cops that she bought a pirated item! Oh well... I'm also an occasional pirated-goods buyer! Hehe...) You know what, she managed to finish the whole 30-episode serial in just 2 days! Hmm... Actually, this is quite normal for frenzied serials fans and there's really nothing to shout about. Another friend of mine who had emigrated from here to Australia with his family last December told me that he will definitely rent this serial when he flies back here next January.

Wow... This TVB Cantonese serial has triggered off such an unforeseen serials phenomenon among the global Chinese community. It's undeniably a huge box-office success!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Cold War

I've sent my dad to Coventry for more than one month. That's right, my very own DAD! Weird but true. I've been avoiding having conversations with him since October 27th (Thursday), a pretty eventful day which is still fresh in my mind. Don't ask me why. I'm not gonna talk about what had actually happened that very day. My mood was down for a few nights since that day. My dad has tried to talk to me but I refused to chat any longer with him. I've even replaced my 'YES' with a nod and 'NO' with a shake of my head. I try every feasible method to avoid conversing with him. Sometimes this has been torturous. My dad keeps on buying me lunch with dishes that I dislike to eat. Well, I admit that I'm very fussy about my food, and my parents even have headaches in buying me food. Due to my stubbornness and my refusal to speak to him, the only method that my rusty mind could think of is to gulp my food grudgingly down my throat. Gosh... I really can't imagine I'm doing this every now and then! But who's to blame? Is it me... Or my dad?

What!?!

Initially, I was going to celebrate and yell joyously after attending my last tuition class for the year 2005 today. Holy Mother... My plans were all razed to the ground in an instant after hearing my Chemistry teacher's request for the whole class to return for one final time next Sunday night due to her inability to complete the syllabus today. Arghhh... That's so disappointing! Oh well... Looking on the bright side, I can still play with my friend's Sony Ericsson W550i Walkman phone for one more time! I guess she must have felt very annoyed with me... That would certainly compensate for my disappointment. Ain't it nice? Hehe...

Sunday, November 27, 2005

An unforgettable 15-minute contact

OK... It's not a big deal actually. As I'd told you all earlier, I've just played with my friend's newly purchased Sony Ericsson W550i Walkman phone for a mere 15 minutes, but it was a truly enjoyable and unforgettable moment. The 262,144-colour TFT display looks promising indeed, although I still think that it's not as crisp and vivid as most Samsung's 262,144-colour mobile displays I'd seen. I love the array of colourful and lively animated themes it has to offer. The games run smoothly on the mobile display and the phone even vibrates along with the action. Very cool! Besides, the exceptional horizontal gaming mode really turns me on. The Walkman menu for playing audio files is worth mentioning too. You can create multiple music playlists according to your own preference and arrange your MP3s in your own unique style. After you've done all that, just hit the Walkman music button and you're in heaven in an instant! Honestly, I haven't had the chance to play any songs using the Walkman phone due to certain constraints in a tuition class. I bet you wouldn't want to get all those unwanted attention from the whole class, right? Therefore, I could only browse through the exciting features in silent mode. Never mind, I get to meet her again on Tuesday in the same rendezvous, and I will certainly appreciate every moment I'm going to spend with this cool mobile. All in all, this stunning music-orientated mobile wins my applause and affection for being such a marvellous entertainer!

I'm losing my patience!

Sony Ericsson W550iA friend of mine had just bought a mobile --- the new Sony Ericsson W550i Walkman phone, which comes in the funky swivel form factor. It's said to boast the most amazing stereophonic output in the mobiles market currently, thanks to its powerful stereo speakers with Mega Bass and stereo widening. It is also bundled with a pair of high quality Sony Walkman in-ear headphones, similar to its elder brother, the hippy W800i. This mobile also supports two-handed horizontal gaming action with dedicated gaming buttons, making it standing out from its class. With its improved swift-moving 3-D graphics and realistic sound effects during gameplay, gamers will truly appreciate this gadget for the ultimate gaming experience. This Walkman phone also has an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera for decent quality photo shootings and video recordings in full-screen landscape mode. I haven't had the chance to play with this device ever since it was released. But who cares, because I finally have the chance to do so when I meet my friend in tuition class tonight. Gosh... I really can't wait to lay my hands on it!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Split!

Brad Pitt & Jennifer AnistonThis sort of news isn't fresh anymore in the glitzy and glamorous world of celebrities. Those Hollywood megastars can have a lavish wedding today and get a sombre divorce tomorrow. Marriage seems to them an impermanent stage in their lives. It's extremely hard for them to seek for a true-love who is willing to sacrifice and accompany them for eternity.

At the beginning of the year 2005, tabloids around the world had been reporting heavily on the divorce of Hollywood's golden couple --- Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The news of their breakup had been selling like hot cakes globally and even brought lucrative profits to those tabloid companies.

Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson
And lately, American pop princess Jessica Simpson and her former 98° lead singer hubby Nick Lachey have officially announced their split despite their intimate and romantic collaboration in the popular MTV reality series, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, which depicts their daily lives as a married couple.

This shows us that no matter how frequent and how hard you try to get closer to your spouse each single day, it doesn't mean that your marriage is secure and will last forever. Anything can occur beyond our expectations, and there's no one in this world that can predict accurately the very next event that is gonna happen on us...

The world's 'ugliest' dog dies

'Ugly dog' Sam dies at 14

Oh Holy Mother! I haven't seen such an ugly pet dog in my life before! Well honestly, I'd seen it months ago on the web and I was so damn shocked to have seen its picture! Its first impression on me was that it looked exactly like a monster. Don't you think so? I wonder how its owner can fall so deeply in love with its appalling looks. Its vicious looks simply freak me out! Alright... It's already passed away and I'm not here to be that cold-hearted to it. I've never expected it to leave this world so abruptly. Maybe it's undoubtedly the world's ugliest dog, but it did absolutely no harm to our world, right? In this case, I still think that Homo sapiens is the worst calamity on Earth! This dog still deserves the respect and equal treatment from all of us, because it had zero alternative but to accept what the Creator had granted it. Now think again: It wouldn't have become the headlines of the tabloids if it wasn't owing to its extraordinary looks!

Here's my final blessing for Sam: R.I.P.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Germany's first ever female Chancellor

Germany gets first woman leader

Well well... She'd written her very own glorious chapter of history on the very first day of becoming Germany's 34th Chancellor (8th of the Federal Republic of Germany). She's the first ever female Chancellor of Germany, the first woman to lead Germany since it became a modern nation state in 1871, and also the first German national from the former Communist-ruled German Democratic Republic (a.k.a. East Germany) to lead her country. These unprecedented events have certainly guaranteed her the admission into the modern history of German politics.

One more thing. I've just found out that she shares the same birthdate with me --- July 17th, although there's a 33-year gap between our ages. No wonder I was supporting her candidature during the 2005 federal election! It seemed that it was all predestined. Wouldn't it be awesome if I was invited by the German Chancellor to celebrate our birthdays together in her grand official residence? Oh Lord... I was dreaming again!

In short, good luck on your journey to triumph, Angela Dorothea Merkel!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Malaysia BOLEH???

SEA Games: Singapore water polo team beats Malaysia 21-3

I really can't think of anything more embarrassing than this --- my very own nation being thrashed by tiny Singapore 21-3 in water polo! Being a Malaysian myself, that's certainly an immeasurable humiliation! Maybe someone would be kind enough to defend for them by saying that water polo isn't Malaysia's strength and their defeat is understandable. To me, that's just a lame excuse. Lagging behind 5 points would be appropriate but not an appalling 18 points! That's simply too much! I think it's time for the Malaysian water polo team to learn a harsh lesson from this disgraceful event and work it up more!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Enchanting France through Jill Butler's eyes


Ain't this piece of map resemble a page from the children's illustrated dictionary? You're wrong then. It's one of the countless masterpieces of the accomplished American artist, illustrator, designer and businesswoman --- Jill Butler, who's been living and working in Paris and the French region of Normandy after being trapped in the concrete jungles of New York City for 23 years.

I happened to stumble across this piece of art on the web just a moment ago and decided to post it here. Hope you all like it as much as I do.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

La France, Je t'aime!

Speaking of France, what comes to your mind? Haute Couture? Napoléon Bonaparte? Louis XIV? The Eiffel Tower? Or the escargots?

I don't know when exactly I have fallen in love with her. It all came so naturally that I've started to fall for her for the very first time, without realizing it. I lay my dreams and hopes on her. I even swore that she's my very first yet my very last wife. She's so wonderful. Descriptions are beyond my words...

OK... Back to reality.

France, the most visited country in the world, has definitely something so unique and special to offer that keeps on drawing tourists from around the globe at any season of the year. She boasts a highly sophisticated culture, language and history that her patriotic citizens take pride in so much. France is synonymous with fine champagnes, tantalizing cheeses, chic fashion shows, classical Romanticism, exquisite châteaux and even posh chicks (not those from the farms)!

I have a deep passion for this country. She has an irresistably strong magnetism that draws my heart there. The atmosphere in her thriving capital, Paris, is ooh la la... Simply out of this world! France is one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth, as well as one of the most powerful and wealthiest. Although she has taken a gigantic leap into the digital world, the French government has done an impressive job in preserving her old-world charm, filled with romance and speechless beauty. Whether you're an art enthusiast, romance seeker, fashion victim or just simply an ordinary French freak, you'll definitely find your way in France. Needless to say, I know I've found it.

Please allow me to sing out loud once again... "La France, Je t'aime!"...


La France, Je t'aime!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

My top 10 holiday destinations

I love travelling. One of my biggest dreams is to have an opportunity to travel around the world, meeting and getting know communities of different cultures, traditions, spiritual beliefs and nationalities. Another reason for me to travel is my tremendous passion for architecture. I wanna see and feel the grandeur of the authentic architectural gems and the masterpieces of those brilliant architects, sculptors and engineers that have been dotting towns and cities for centuries. Diverse and awe-inspiring natural landscapes are also a magnet for me to travel. Snow-capped peaks, lava-bursting volcanoes, sun-drenched beaches, idyllic tropical isles, lush jungles with thick foliage, scorching hot deserts and even extreme polar lands are all the invaluable gifts from Mother Nature. These majestic places are a perfect excuse for me to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban lifestyles.

My top 10 holiday destinations (nations):

- France
- Italy
- Switzerland
- Austria
- Spain
- Germany
- Belgium
- Turkey
- Croatia
- Brazil

My top 10 holiday destinations (cities):

- Paris, France
- New York City, U.S.A.
- Venice, Italy
- Milan, Italy
- Hong Kong, China
- Vienna, Austria
- Rome, Italy
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Prague, Czech Republic

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Dilemma: Which one 2 pick?

I've been looking for a decent mobile phone since May 2005. Well, I admit it's very hard to choose one as new mobile phones with improved and upgraded technology and functionality keep on being announced by manufacturers and popping up before my very eyes. Whenever I've in my mind the phone that I'm going for, my initial decision will get dumped instantly after I've been told that the manufacturers are going to release a new line-up of mobiles. This situation goes on till now. As a reminder, it's November now. It's been 6 months since I've been seeking for a mobile phone. Some of my friends had even told me that I wouldn't get one eventually since I'm so keen on following the latest trends in mobile-phones technology. That's why I'm still waiting and waiting and waiting for a perfect phone to arrive. Nah... It won't arrive, since nothing's perfect in this world. Another factor that concerns me the most is the price. I'm praying that the price of my dream phone will fall within my budget.

I've narrowed my list and it's now down to 2 --- Nokia N80 vs Sony Ericsson W900i.


Nokia N80 Sony Ericsson W900i


Aren't they simply gorgeous in black? Both of them look equally tempting, sleek and very sexy. The former has incorporated a 3-megapixel camera while the latter is complemented by a 2-megapixel camera with auto focus. Since both mobiles are categorized as 3G phones, their 3G capability is optimized and maximized with an integrated frontal secondary VGA camera for easy video-calling. N80 is a smartphone operating on Symbian version 9.1 which enables endless application installation while W900i is a fantastic music-orientated phone under the world-renowned Sony Walkman brand. N80's high resolution screen (352 x 416 pixels, similar to N90) is one of the most enticing features it has to offer. The display is definitely a feast to my eyes and I'm very sure that it's going to provide me with ultimate visual enjoyment. W900i's bundled superior earphones are very impressive indeed. What's more, it now comes with a LCD screen, and that simply takes my breath away. W900i's whopping internal memory (470 MB) also gives this mobile an extra point.

Ain't it hard to make a choice between these 2? The only thing that I can do is to wait for someone to make a review on these 2 great mobiles. Last but not least, the price must be logical too (hopefully though... since both of them offer such amazing features and functionality)!

P/S: I hope that I won't change my mind when new phones with greater functionality are coming up again, though I really doubt about my endurance. If not, I'll definitely end up waiting like this forever!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tutor 4 a night

The story goes like this...

It was late evening. My cousin gave me a call and begged me to teach her Mathematics as she'll have to sit for the SPM examinations on the very next day. I was like, gosh, my Additional Mathematics sucks for a big time, and now she was going to ask me to be her tutor? Then she said it was just Modern Mathematics, not the evil Additional Mathematics. I felt relieved after hearing that. I went over her house and stayed for a night there. Oh well, it should be a night HERE, because I'm still right here in her house, typing this post! It's nearly 2 in the morning, and I've done my job by fulfilling her request. I'm thinking, shouldn't she have done all her preparation before the examination, and not by doing last-minute revision? Oh boy, I'm also that last-minute type of person... Why did the hell I'm criticizing her? I still remember that I was flipping through all those boring chapters the night before the exams 1 year ago. It lasted for almost a month. Those nights were damn horrible, much worse than being tortured in hell! It was really my worst nightmare. Well, it did serve me right. I should've prepared for my examination earlier. But the matter is... I can't. I just can't escape from that 'last-minute' habit. I don't have the determination to do all those things if tomorrow isn't the examination day. It seems like I'm destined to be like that --- a worm!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Destiny's Child --- Stand Up For Love (2005 World Children’s Day Anthem)

#1's

[Beyoncé]
There are times I find it hard to sleep at night
We are living through such troubled times
And every child that reaches out for someone to hold
For one moment they become my own

And how can I pretend that I don’t know what’s going on?
When every second with every minute another soul is gone

And I believe that in my life I will see (oh yeah)
An end to hopelessness
Of giving up
Of suffering (yeah)

Then we all stand together this one time
Then no one will get left behind
Stand up for life
Stand up and hear me sing
Stand up for love

[Kelly]
I'm inspired and hope for each and everyday
That's how I know that things are gonna change

So how can I pretend that I don’t know what’s going on?
When every second with every minute
Another soul is gone

And I believe that in my life I will see (I will see yeah yeah)
An end to hopelessness (hopelessness)
Of giving up (giving up)
Of suffering (suffering yeah yeah)

And we all stand (stand) together this one time (time)
Then no one will get left behind
Stand up for life (life)
Stand up for love

[Michelle]
And it all starts right here
And it starts right now
One person stands up man
And the rest will follow
For all the forgotten
For all the unloved
I'm gonna sing this song (song)

And I believe that in my life I will see (yeah yeah)
An end to hopelessness
Of giving up
Of suffering

If we all stand together this one time
Then no one will get left behind

Stand up

[Kelly]
For life

Stand up

[Michelle]
And sing yeah

[Beyoncé]
Stand up for love
For love
For love

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Photos of religious monuments

Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica), Vatican City
Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra (The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius), Sergiev Posad, Russia
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres (The Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres), Chartres, France Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), Cologne, Germany
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (The Cathedral of Our Lady of Paris), Paris, France
Masjid al-Nabawi (The Mosque of the Prophet), Medina, Saudi Arabia
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (aka the Blue Mosque), Istanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia (The Church of the Holy Wisdom), Istanbul, Turkey
The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
Tian Tan Buddha (aka the Giant Buddha), Hong Kong, China Shwedagon Paya, Yangon, Myanmar
Harmandir Sahib (aka Hari Mandir), Amritsar, India
The Western Wall (aka the Wailing Wall), Jerusalem


Pictures source: Wikipedia