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Monday, April 30, 2007

Silence . Peace . Solidarity


One Day Blog Silence

放生 . Fantasies






Soulful Scribbles:

放生, transliterated as 'unleashing life', is a strongly advocated practice in Buddhism. It aims to release creatures caught by human beings for own gain, such as for food or for their skin or fur, as a testament to Lord Buddha's great teachings on infinite compassion and selflessness.


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On Saturday morning, I woke up at 7 something (a very torturing time for me to wake up indeed, as I normally sleep till way past noon) in order to join my family to a 放生 ceremony held at the old Thai Buddhist wat in my town (the newer and larger Wat Nikrodharam is just a stone's throw away).

Before the creatures were officially released, we attended a prayer session where Buddhist mantras were chanted. Those animals (fish, pigeons and miniscule frogs) were supposedly bought by the ceremony organizers from restaurants, pet shops or wet markets, where they were just minutes away from a merciless genocide. Poor creatures! :(

The fish were released into the river that traversed through the backyard of the wat. As for the cute little frogs, they were set free into the wat's grass field. The big fat pigeons were to be released into the vast blue sky, but the one on my hand stayed still for quite a few seconds before it spread its wings and flew away. Perhaps it wasn't used to its sudden new found freedom. Hmm...

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Come... Let me be your tour guide today as I'm gonna take you guys to peep a peep at my grandma's plot of heaven.


Honeydew melon plant? This is what she told me...

Da spice of life! Essential for Malaysian dishes. I'm lovin' it...

End of tour. I know this tour is way too short, duh! Maybe next time... ;)

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The month of March had seen a great influx of tags. The one I'm gonna do right now is probably the most enjoyable one. Why? Because it drives me high on fantasies! Oh by the way, it's an imperial summon from the emperor, dated March 13th. Ampun tuanku... Beribu-ribu ampun!



#1: Passport to the world's 4 corners

This is my ultimate fantasy! I've been stuck here for the past decade and I seriously need to go somewhere else for a deep breath. And no... I didn't travel there. In fact, I haven't been to any of those places. The postcards and stuff are just souvenirs from my grandma and aunt, but not the travel guides (1 is gifted by a friend while I purchased the remaining 3).

From the grandiose monuments in Paris to the splendid madrasahs in Samarkand. From the sun-drenched beaches in Rio de Janeiro to the sacred temples in Jerusalem. From the wilderness in Sahara to the coral reef in Bora Bora. All these destinations are definitely worth a visit at least once in a lifetime.

#2: L. I. F. E.
A happy family. A distinguished career. A prosperous health. An endless wealth. In short, I wish for a fulfilling life with no regrets! You tell me... Who does not wish for that? I'm so gonna rub my lamp for it...

WHERE DA HELL ARE YOU, GENIE???

#3: His Cyber Highness da Gadget King
I'm so crazy about tech stuff that I wish I could own all my desired mobile phones, lappies, rigs and peripherals. Gimme the latest and the best anytime! Apple, Sony, Samsung, Nokia... I hampalang sapu!

#4: Own private island
What's the best thing to do when you have zillions? Buy properties, no doubt! An island all to myself sounds so heavenly indeed. I could have my own stretch of white sandy beach as well as my own beachfront villa.

So where on Earth could I fulfill my sweetest yet wildest fantasy? Perhaps here.

#5: Utopia
I pray for world peace. I pray for no wars. I pray for no natural calamities. I pray for no poverty. I pray for zero illiteracy. I pray for religious tolerance. I pray for racial harmony. I pray for human unity.

Oh, forget about it! This is the most unlikely to happen of all my fantasies. Humans are plain selfish. They would never ever let you possess what they aspire to own. Humans are inherently insane. They gain gratification from wars and bloodshed. History is gonna repeat itself. A modern Crusader war has just started to show its early signs. Soon, the whole world would be doomed. 6.5 billion (and counting) of us would all cease to exist. The Apocalypse? I'm afraid it is...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Merci beaucoup... & a tag






... to you guys for all the heartfelt well wishes in my previous entry. They were very, very appreciated by me. I'm glad to inform y'all that I'm recovering pretty fast from those bloody rashes. Besides, I performed quite satisfactory during my interview. Judging from the new trend in the blogosphere, I think I've just earned myself 2 +ve qi/ch'i points, ya? ;)

The night before the interview, I was busy preparing my drawings. One was done during the day (the wee hours to be exact) while the other one was finished at night. See? I'm such a last-minute type of guy! This kinda habit will remain unchanged for years to come, I'm afraid. Sigh, sigh, sigh...




Hastily-drawn pictures wouldn't turn out fine, right? Moreover, I'd been on an extremely long hiatus since I last did my sketch. So don't cha ever try to find fault with 'em! Grrr...

Just joking lah! :P Anyway, comments are truly welcome (I'm expecting harsh criticisms from the sifus). :sked sked:

Since I'm so lazy to elaborate the happenings in detail, so I'll just cut it short. Basically, I was required to attend an aptitude test as well as the face-to-face interview session. My interviewers were very nice and warm, lucky me! :D One particular interviewer complimented me for being such a pleasant guy, simply because I made her smile! Was that a hint or what? Hopefully lah... :fingers crossed: All in all, I gave myself an 80. No regrets whatsoever on my performance that day.

Oh yeah... Did I tell you guys that I'll be doing a prehistoric tag in this entry? I was initially tagged by Selba, and goodness gracious, I was tagged the same meme again by DD 2 days later, all happened within the 2nd week of March. I know this is such an outdated tag, hence why it's being called prehistoric. Ngam mou? ;)


5 reasons why I blog:

- out of curiosity
- for plain joy
- to kill time
- as a personal diary
- to get to know more friends!


Simple yet straight to the point! :)

So what's next? Is it a tag again? NOOOOOOOOOO...

Friday, April 20, 2007

Infested!






Itellu! 2007 is really a year full of mishaps and misfortunes. Still remember the damn flood that paid my house a visit on CNY's Eve? That was a living nightmare. Still, the worst has yet to come.

A couple of weeks ago, I'd been mysteriously bitten by some unknown insects in my house. I last counted 30 something red spots, all in different sizes, scattered throughout my whole body. I told my family members about it, yet nobody seemed to mind, since I was the only one who got bitten. Then everything went on peacefully for another week or two, but no one seemed to know that the rash on my body was actually an early indication of an imminent home disaster.

Several days ago, I was told that all my family members, except mum, had been bitten the same way like I did weeks before, with my grandpa's condition being the most severe. His backside was literally covered with rashes, and man... That was such a terrible sight! And it was this time that we were all determined to find out the actual cause.

My mum soon suspected this tiny insect, with a body as little as the skin pore, to be the main culprit. And indeed, we had seen traces of these minuscule creatures in our living-room quite frequently of late. We didn't pay much attention to them before this, since we treated them the same as any other insects.

But we were proven terribly wrong. Lately, they seemed to be appearing in a big swarm. They could be found crawling on the windows, on the wall, on the coffee table, within the newspaper sheets, on the floor, and even lurking in the sofa! It must be them --- these insignificant yet potentially dangerous bugs! My mum said there was a high possibility that these insects burrowed into the skin through our skin pores. Gosh... That sounded horrible! And did I tell you guys that these creatures could get on to your body in just a split second? There was once I put my hand on the sofa, and within 10 seconds there were at least 7 of them crawling up my arm!

We continued our quest for the source of evil --- the nest of these bugs. And it was mum again who managed to find it --- in a bird's nest that had been built upon our living-room's airconditioner (the rear protrudes to the outside of our home, hence the birds were able to build a nest on it). Those damn birds! We were so kind for providing shelter to them, and yet they requite us by bringing these poisonous bugs into our home! All those furniture and items placed near to the windows were infested with these bugs. My goodness!

We spent the whole Wednesday washing and cleaning the affected furniture. And yeah... We even went on a killing spree! We used up 2 cans of aerosol insect sprays till the very last drop within a day. My mum and I had not been on a spree like this since we turned vegetarians last year, but both of us really couldn't help it this time. If we were gonna talk about compassion and to leave them at where they were without exterminating them, sooner or later my home would definitely turn into a living hell. Not forgetting to mention about the physical suffering they had brought us.




Those are not the worst yet. My body has developed more rashes as each day passes, and I think there are now at least 100 of them. My right arm alone has 20 plus red spots. I'm thinking of getting a jab, but I'm just too lazy to go seek treatment. My grandparents had already got their jabs at the General Hospital. The best thing is that each treatment there costs only RM 1, which is probably one of the few laudable efforts done by the Government, albeit the long queues. The ointment given by the doctor is really good and effective. I can see some of my rashes starting to heal and fade.

Oh yeah... After having searched the web, I now think that those bugs are most probably bird mites or chiggers. Death to them! Grrrrr...

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And to brighten up my moody days, here's a card which I received from the lovely carcar last Saturday. Apparently, this is my first gift from a blogger friend. How sweet of her! Thank you very much... I love it! :)




NEXT UP: Oh my god... TAG!!!


Addendum: I just received a call from USM 15 minutes ago and boy... I was asked to attend an interview session on April 23rd. Whee... I'm sooo pleased right now! Thank goodness I'm short-listed for it! This is such a great news. Hopefully everything goes perfectly well on that day. So yeah... I'm gonna pay Penang a visit again. This time I'm off to USM! :D

Saturday, April 14, 2007

It's definitely gone far and wide...

Malaysian teacher caned by school principal
Fri 13 Apr 2007, 1:00 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian teacher who was caned by the principal of her school after being mistaken for a student idling outside the classroom has complained to authorities in a bid to stop the incident from happening again.

"I was ashamed because all the students in Form One saw the incident," national news agency Bernama quoted the 28-year-old teacher as saying, after she was hit on the buttocks along with several students on Wednesday morning.

The principal, a 53-year-old woman, apologised, saying she thought the teacher, dressed in loose-fitting clothes for a session of silat, the traditional Malay martial art, was a student.

But the apology failed to soothe matters, said the agency, which did not identify either woman.

"Although she did not know me because she was transferred to the school two weeks ago, there was no reason not to ask me," said the teacher, based at a school in the southern state of Johor.

A Malaysian teachers' union wants the education ministry to take action. "The union has always stressed that leadership in schools is very important," union official Loke Yim Pheng said.

"If true, the act of caning a teacher has gone too far."

Can you guys believe this? Have any of you out there come across this sort of ludicrous news elsewhere? No... I'm 1,000,000,000,000,000% sure of this!

Gosh... This really sounds extremely stupid! Is that so-called teacher acting noob and dumb or what? Didn't she know how to defend herself when she was confronted by the principal before her (itchy?) ass was given a free plate of extra hot char kway teow? Apparently, she only knew how to open her supposedly glue-filled mouth after the incident. To gain some free publicity, perhaps?

Now ask yourself: Where on Earth can you find this kind of absurd news?

Answer: Right here in Bolehland... Duh! =.=

And you know what, this piece of news is found in Reuters Africa, here. It's actually surprising to learn that how far and fast our wonderful things get to travel within one day only. Very impressive indeed. And for this time, one of them have decided to drop by Africa. Interesting, ain't it?

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And here's another groundbreaking Bolehland news that has managed to garner international spotlight, with stunning visual effects some more for all your viewing pleasure:




Errr... Guess it's not that appetizing anyway. My apology to you guys if you happen to enjoy your lovely meal right now. I mean... It's just GROSS, can? This pair of 奸夫淫妇 were widely speculated to be government servants, thus naturally, this disgraceful event should had been taken place in one of those government buildings.

Arggghhh... My eyes are getting increasingly sore! Are yours too? =.=

Well, looks like we have really succeeded in propagating our Boleh spirit far and wide, albeit in the other way round. I'm just wondering what kind of news would pop up next, and where in this world would it decide to land on ultimately... Hmm...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

5 first times

Million apologies for my (quite) long absence from the blogosphere. I'm back this time for an ancient tag which can be traced back to one month ago. Once again, I was tagged by the voluptuous playmate from Heaven to list out my 5 first times.

Craps no more. So here it goes:


#1 ~ First time performing on stage: aged 3 or 4? Can't remember clearly. I dressed as a bridegroom along with some other kids, waiting eagerly for our brides to appear, which was then followed by a dance. We even had ring exchange! That was during my kindergarten years.

#2 ~ Do you guys believe in the supernatural? I do. What makes a person a firm believer in something that's not been scientifically proven is when he's experienced it himself. It happened to me not just once, but numerous times, all in my own bedroom. And oh... That was back in the year 2004.

I'm sure you guys would want to know more. Next time, ya? But that's when I feel like talking about it.

#3 ~ First time getting employed: January 2005. I worked part-time in my aunt-in-law's family-owned company, Serba Wangi Sdn Bhd, the one which markets one of Malaysia's premium branded rice, Jati 佳等, while waiting for my SPM results to be announced and my new school semester to commence. One benefit of working there: I got to surf the net at broadband speed during working hours, using the laptop provided to me by the company.

#4 ~ First time being hospitalized: September 2005. You can read more about it here.

#5 ~ First time venturing on a brand new route of life: November 2006. From that day onwards, I have been a self-committed vegetarian. Guess I need no more introduction here. :)


Before all the hype about this thing vanishes into thin air, do let me present you guys my very own VisualDNA™!





It's nearly 7 in the morning, but I'm just about going to bed. Call me an insomniac, whatever...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

April Fool... and the chuppers

3 posts to chup in the month of 3. So here are the chuppers that had made to the list:




Congratulations all, but be warned! April shall be the month of tags. I still have loads of backdated tags waiting for me to do and post. Arggghhh... Really FKK!

And now, may I present you guys my very own PREMIER HUG HUG CLUB HEART™, courtesy of the honourable Mr Chairman! Nice or not? ;)


Of course it's nice lah! :)

Before I end this chapter, here's a steamy music video featuring the 2 talented bootylicious ladies. Enjoy... and CHUP!