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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

Saturday, November 12, 2005

My top 10 most impressive religious monuments

My top 10 most impressive religious monuments in terms of religious symbolism:

- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a.k.a. the Church of the Resurrection), Jerusalem
- Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica), Vatican City
- Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra (The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius), Sergiev Posad, Russia
- Hagia Sophia (The Church of the Holy Wisdom), Istanbul, Turkey
- Masjid al-Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
- Masjid al-Nabawi (The Mosque of the Prophet), Medina, Saudi Arabia
- The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
- Masjid al-Aqsa, Jerusalem
- Harmandir Sahib (a.k.a. Hari Mandir), Amritsar, India
- The Western Wall (a.k.a. the Wailing Wall), Jerusalem

My top 10 most impressive religious monuments in terms of architecture:

- Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica), Vatican City
- Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (The Cathedral of Our Lady of Paris), Paris, France
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres (The Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres), Chartres, France
- Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), Cologne, Germany
- The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
- Sultan Ahmed Mosque (a.k.a. the Blue Mosque), Istanbul, Turkey
- Tian Tan Buddha (a.k.a. the Giant Buddha), Hong Kong, China
- Shwedagon Paya, Yangon, Myanmar
- Harmandir Sahib (a.k.a. Hari Mandir), Amritsar, India

Religious Monuments

Whenever I come upon a religious monument, my legs would stop moving, spontaneously. I don't know why. I always find myself being drawn to these spiritual sites. They are such a peaceful and majestic sight to behold. Their architecture and uniqueness are simply ineffable. The power of spirituality draws a cloak over each of these monuments which makes them exude an aura that's distinct from the rest. Every religion has its own places of worship. Christianity has its churches and spires. Islam has its mosques and minarets. Hinduism and Buddhism have their temples and monasteries. Judaism has its synagogues. Each of them is distinctive and unique in its own way. They are the masterpieces of individuals who are inspired by the transcendental powers of the omniscient Almighty and are prompted to leave the imprints of their beliefs on this colourful world.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Give me a break!

I'm so tired these days. I've had tuition classes for 2 consecutive days, and I've even had it twice in the same day! This is totally enough for me. Just give me a break... And this whole weekend is probably the time for me to take adequate rest and truly enjoy myself, because I do not have to attend any tuition class this weekend. What a relief! Oh my, I've just slept for almost 4 hours in the afternoon a moment ago, and I'm totally rejuvenated now. My life is certainly hectic these days!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Lingua Franca

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