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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It's not a joy at all...

Lina Joy, the Malay lady who has appealed for the removal of the word Islam from her identity card since the year 2000, has ultimately lost her battle to have her conversion from Islam to Christianity legalized by the Malaysian government today. The lady, now 42, converted to her newfound faith at the age of 26, and was baptized 8 years later in May 1998. Originally named Azlina binti Jailani, her application for a name change was approved in the ensuing year. Ever since the news broke into the public sphere, she went into hiding together with her Indian Christian boyfriend after having received numerous death threats from religious fanatics. She's also deprived of her job and is currently disowned by her family members, a common action taken against apostates (murtads) in Muslim families.

As opposed to her name, today is an utterly joyless day for her as well as a grey day for all those who hope to see a major lift in human rights and personal liberties in a supposedly secular, yet increasingly Islamic Malaysia. Since colonial times, race and religion have been deeply intertwined with each other, and these have become an important and inseparable identity for each component that makes up the big umbrella group called Malaysians today. Malays are solely associated with Islam; Chinese with Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity; Indians with Hinduism, Islam and Christianity while the indigenous peoples (Bumiputeras) with Christianity and Islam. Our constitution rules that each person born of the Malay ethnicity must be a Muslim, and being one is decisive in defining the Malay race. Malays who resort to apostasy will no longer be officially recognized as a Malay. This means that the apostate will have to relinquish his association with the Malay race and also the benefits and privileges that come with it.

*** Note to non-Malaysians: Islam is Malaysia's official religion, and Muslims form over 60% of the total population. The Malays and Bumiputeras are granted special rights and greater opportunities in the Constitution in exchange for the citizenship of immigrants (ie Chinese and Indians) who arrived here in huge swarms in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The decision to have 3 judges to oversee the case, 2 Muslims and 1 Christian, had already given the public a hint that the ruling would ultimately favour Islam. And as expected, the result was 2-1 with the only dissenting vote coming from the non-Muslim judge. Whether or not this case was ruled with bias or complete fairness, we wouldn't know. What I'm concerned about now is Joy's condition. Will she be sent to the Islamic rehabilitation camp (Malaysia does not impose death sentence on apostasy, unlike those fundamentalist Islamic states, eg Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan) for further detention and re-indoctrination in Islamic teachings, like what's being done towards Raimah Bibi Noordin and Siti Fatimah recently?

From another point of view, the court decided to go against the will of Joy in order not to set a precedent here in Malaysia, for fear that streams of applications for apostasy among local Muslims would follow suit. It was also feared that this would be held as a reason by potential religious extremists to disrupt the relatively well-established racial and religious harmony in multi-ethnic Malaysia. Not good. We definitely do not wish to see another outbreak of religious strife and racial riot here in this 21st century since the black day in 1969 which marred the history of racial relations in this country.

Whatever it is, I sincerely hope that things will get better for Malaysia if we really do want to see her progresses and achieves her Vision by the year 2020. :)

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You can read the story of a Malay Christian who leads a secret and fearful double life here.

The video clip below was aired on Al-Jazeera English and dealt with the ordeal that rips apart Siti Fatimah's family due to her unrecognized marriage to a Hindu man and her renunciation of the Muslim faith for Hinduism:

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I ♥ Sar Hor Fun . 我 ♥ 沙河粉

I was tagged by the doctor again as she wanna know whether I've been leading a healthy eating life-style or not by requesting me to blog about my favourite food. The answer is... NO! :P

Introducing the yummylicious Sar Hor Fun 沙河粉 (flat rice noodles)! Not really a healthy dish, right? But I don't care as it's one of my all-time favourites besides Laksa and Thai Tom Yum. I heart this dish kaw-kaw! Do you know that I'd rather opt for this than rice? In fact, I tend to avoid the latter when it comes to meals. Gimme 沙河粉 anytime!

Since my place is not Cantonese-speaking, this dish is more commonly known as Char Yin Yong 炒焉鸯 (flat rice noodles + rice vermicelli) or Char Tua Pan 炒大板 (flat rice noodles only). I prefer the latter as I'm a big fan of flat rice noodles. The one you see above is 100% vegetarian (that's for me), with lotsa veg and yes, cili padis! Spoonful of 'em. Slurrrp... Yum! :D

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Proposition: What is your favourite food in your state or country?
Requirements: Find some info about the food & show delicious picture(s) of it.
Quantity: Tag 5 people.
Tag Mode: You leave their blogs and post links and add to the list below.

Mybabybay loves Asam Laksa from Penang, Malaysia
JustMyThoughts loves Penang Char Koay Teow
My Lil Venture loves Laksa Sarawak
Monterssorimum loves Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun
Chinnee loves Melaka Wan Tan Mee
PeimunLeah loves Hakka Lei Cha
Hui Sia loves Crispy duck skin from China
Karen loves Pan Mee
Simple American loves Cheese Enchiladas
Nicole Tan loves Char Tau Kueh
velverse loves Otak-Otak
Giddy Tiger loves Dim Sum
may loves Roti Bakar
Selba loves Gado-gado
Chen loves Satay

kyh loves Sar Hor Fun

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I miss tagging you guys! So I'm gonna pick 5 lucky ones to continue with this food hunting mission:

Ah Boy
Mr. Goober
Paris Beaverbanks

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

From America to Zimbabwe...

It's not a trip around the world in 80 days, but rather the continuation of my much delayed March debts tags. :ahem:

This time around, I was requested by the doctor to list out A to Z with my very own personal twist. Therefore, I've come up with my long list of alphabet that tells everything about ME, MYSELF & I. :)

is for Anti-something-something (you guess!)
B is for the Bodylicious & Bootylicious Beyoncé! :drool:
C is for Chilli, or to be exact, cili padi (da spice of life!)
D is for Destiny's Child (I discovered my love for B here, and it was love at first sight) :grin:
E is for Enchanting Europe (there must be reasons why it's the world's most visited tourist region)
F is for Fabulous France (epitome of quintessential Europe, hence my #1 dream destination)
G is for Good morning! (I can't recall the last time I greeted someone with this, but I'm sure I absolutely miss it!)
H is for Holiday! (a thing that workaholics hate)
I is for I U! (since every day's Mother's Day, it's kinda daily routine for me to say this to mum each day --- and I haven't failed to do so for as long as I can remember) :proud:
J is for July 17th (Happy Birthday to me!) :hint hint:
K is for Kiss (still waiting... and this excludes mum's) ;)
L is for Laksa (my favourite Malaysian delicacy)
M is for Mummy (the most important person in my life)
N is for Natural (girls who wear too much make-up put me off, seriously)
O is for Orange (love it, but I'm too lazy to peel)
P is for Paris (not Hilton, but the world capital of romance)
Q is for Queen of my life (I'm gonna search high and low for one, but not now)
R is for Religion (something I just can't live without)
S is for SONY (
T is for Thai Tom Yum (I've a great penchant for everything hot and spicy)
U is for Utopia (a vision that could never be realized) :sigh:
V is for Vegetarian (because I'm one, duh!)
W is for Wikipedia (everything that I wanna know is just a click away)
X is for Xtreme Xmas (I wanna experience it in big cities like NYC, Paris and Hong Kong)
Y is for You, You & You (because of you, I'm motivated to blog)
Z is for Zzz... (apparently, I'm deprived of this since God knows when!)

End of Chapter 1. And if that's not enough, coming up next is Chapter 2, all thanks to the emperor's 3 blind mice trap! Grrr... But nevermind, I'm starting to enjoy this now! :stick out tongue:

[A is for age] 10 < x < 30
[B is for booze of choice] I don't drink, but does Shandy count?
[C is for career] Student
[D is for your most dreaded] Things that you can't see nor feel
[E is for essential item you use everyday] Specs
[F is for favorite song at the moment] Mariah Carey's Shake It Off
[G is for favorite games] Sleeping game + Civilization IV (my stupid PC practically hangs in the game's later stages!) :sob:
[H is for hometown] Alor Star
[I is for indulgence] Anything nice!
[J is for favorite flavour of juice] Orange
[K is for kids] Not now...
[L is for last hug from wife] Do you mean Angelina Jolie or Beyoncé? :P
[M is for years of marriage] 888 for infinite prosperity
[N is for name of your crush] Refers to L, please...
[O is for overnight hospital stays] September'05
[P is for phobias] Refers to D + wriggly worms and maggots (though I'm very much fascinated by them)
[Q is for quote] Here sux!
[R is for regret] ... for coming to this world (symptom of a to-be suicide) LOL!
[S is for status, married or single] Single and available, but I'm not rushed
[T is for time you wake up] No way it's gonna be earlier than 1 pm!
[U is for underwear] No specific preferences, as long as it's comfortable
[V is for vegetables you love] Tonnes of 'em!
[W is for worst habit] My biological clock is set according to the European time zones
[X is for x-rays you’ve had] The same time I was admitted to hospital in September'05
[Y is for yummy food you make] Errr... Instant noodles? They're nice what! :P
[Z is for zodiac sign] Cancer (not the dreaded disease though!)

End of story. Thankfully, there's no Chapter 3! Whee...

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My dearest angie aka A, I'm pleased to inform you that your card was so smart that it'd found its way home all the way from Stockholm on Sunday!

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard! Sweden aka IKEA-land is indeed beautiful! :)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Chain e-mails

I'm sure you guys have been receiving chain e-mails from time to time. The thing is, how many of you out there would actually open it and read? I know... Most of them are scams cheating for your hard earned dollars or simply craps like friendship forever and love e-mails which demand you to forward it to as many friends as possible if you don't want your friendship or love life to fail miserably. Wait a minute... You weren't so naïve as to believe in all these rubbish, were you? I hope not. :)

Yet, some chain e-mails are just that intriguing, and it's virtually impossible for you to say NO. Now tell me, how could a man not give in to his curiosity? I know I'm one, especially when the temptation seems a lil' bit... OVERWHELMING. You'd know it by reading the title of the post. And hey, I'm not referring to those insidious scams. No way!

What I'm gonna show you guys today are some examples of FINE chain e-mails. We have the good and the evil in this world, and thus we have the amazing and the gross ones here. These chain e-mails have been widely circulating on the Internet for some time now, so I believe some of you might have already seen it somewhere some time ago. Reminisce... Reminisce! ;) As for the slower-than-ever dudes, be prepared to wait for this whole thing to load. So many pictures here... I kid you not!

*** A lethal WARNING for 56k modem users: This is so gonna throttle you. Only try it at your own risk!

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Julian Beever is an English artist who’s famous for his chalk art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia, Belgium and elsewhere. His images are drawn completely deformed which give an amazing 3-D illusion when viewed at the right angle. Behold the virtuosity of Beever in his drawings that seem to defy the laws of perspective!

Spot the real Beever! And his beer...

Bodylicious babe for the hamsup lous (lechers)! :P

Oops... Wrong angle!

Our world is not round indeed!

Holes. The last pic is just so clever!

Your favourite comic characters had come to his rescue!

Gold rush. Another masterpiece.

I'm truly speechless. He's such a great artist, ain't he? The drawings are just so impressive! I wonder how he managed to do that. Very unbelievable... o.O

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The first time I saw these pics, I got goosebumps all over me. And the worst thing is I had a hard time erasing it from my memory. Thank goodness this lasted me for several days only. I'm already numb to them now. Phew!

So what the hell am I talking about? Think this:

What's so scary about that? It's definitely not scary. But when you see the picture I'm talking about, you'll find a striking resemblance between the lotus seed pod and it. I'm sure you'll never look at these serene-looking pods the same way again. It's gonna send a shiver down your spine whenever you spot one! :evil grin:

And there's another one which is equally gross. Some say it's just a pure urban legend. Others claim it's true. It's up to you to decide: fact or fiction.

Why am I talking so much and not posting up the pics?

Since I've always been a considerate person towards the faint-hearted, I better include the links here for the adventurous souls who fear no death.

Are you ready? :click click:

Lotus seed pod nightmare

Fact or fiction?

Seen those before? Yay? Nay? But I'm sure it'll be a great Sunday ahead anyway! :P

7 am! Gosh... I really need to recharge my battery now! Tata...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Apple Crumble's Mama's Day

It was a Mother's Day celebration for us last night simply because we all couldn't wait till this day! We had it at my cousins' place since most of the mothers were there. And yes, there were 4 mums all together: mummy, aunt 1, aunt 2 and my grandma.

What did we have there? Steamboat! All right, it should be they had it and not me and my mum. Duh! Both of us had our delicious plate of nasi ulam instead, so who cares? With added cili padis to spice up the dish, I was quite satisfied overall.

Don't drool! :P After filling our tummies, the kids went to watch TV or find something else to do, while the rest helped to clean up the dishes. But it was not over, yet! We sought our own entertainment first in order to let the food in our tummies undergo some digestion.

Soon after that, we had reached the night's highlight. And the star of the night?

Secret Recipe's Apple Crumble Cheesecake! So yummylicious! Want some? ;)

We kept this whole thing as a secret. Only one of the mums knew about it, since we were at her home! The other mums were left untold. The cake was a gift from us, the sons and daughters, to the great mamas! We love y'all!

See that piece of cake on the bottom right? Yup... That one was specially for you, may may! I gobbled it up on your behalf. Haha... I hope that your 48-hour birthday is just as Applelicious! :)

And not to forget, my dearest mummy! You're the sun that brightens up my day. You're the moon that lights up my night sky. You're the air that keeps me alive. You're everything to me. You're my endless love! MUAKS!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

May's May ☼ A Happy Birthday

May. The 5th month of the year. May. The hawthorn blossom. May. Her sweet-sounding name. And today, the whole world celebrates her birthday!

Obviously, the magic letter for her birthday here is none other than the penultimate letter of the English alphabet, Y. And the question is, how will this letter describe her? Lemme see...

youthful. She's in her prime now! yin. Her ultimate symbol of femininity. yoga. Her way of self-pampering in the land Down Under. yellow. Her fetish for wong-wong tei nighties in the Imperial Harem. yoghurt. Something that's just too hard to resist. yattaaa! Need no explanation. Just follow her and say along on her big day, Y A T T A A A!!!

I'm such a procrastinator, ain't I? So, so sorry... But there are still some minutes left before the great day of celebration is over in Sydney. In the meantime, do allow me to wish you, the dearest, cutest, pwettiest, hottest may may 姐 a very, very happy birthday and many happy returns! Endless muaks and hugs for you! :)

And one's birthday doesn't end in just 24 hours, right? She gets to celebrate hers in 48 hours, throughout the world! How cool is that?

Here are the magic letters from well-wishers all around the world, celebrating the big day together with may may 姐:

Monday, May 07, 2007

Miss rinnah's café au lait

Disclaimer: This is a piece of fiction. Neither of the events mentioned below had taken place in real life before. Deals and treaties were all settled in the virtual world of blogosphere. All hail da cyberspace!

Want a cuppa café au lait? rinnah's style I mean. It's not just about milk and coffee, as you'll also get a spoonful of +ve qi, together these ingredients are brewed to perfection. Yup.... Hers is a fantastic 3 in 1. If you think you haven't really dispelled all the -ve qi in you, no matter where you are --- San Giovanni, Sydney, Singapore (this momma suffers from extreme -ve qi syndrome until the point that she deletes her blog entries when you least expect it), Kuching, or even in faraway Stockholm, then you must really come and try this. A cuppa hers promises a day full of +ve qi ahead!

So, what's so great about her 3 in 1? It's just that great, Itellu! This taukeh neo (lady boss) is so nice that she had even treated me to a cup of her unique brew of café au lait thrice within one and a half month. Ain't she wonderfully sweet? ;)

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Date: March 19th, 2007
Venue: Her café

Our conversation was so lively that we chatted about everything that sprang to mind. But when she asked me about my birthday and stuff like that out of a sudden, I was quite stunned. My birthday? Hmm... Hadn't really thought of my birthday so deeply before. Maybe she would want to give me a birthday surprise on that special day, like 10 cups of wonderfully brewed café au lait? :P

Top 10 things that I want for my birthday

1. Get enrolled in my desired university for my desired course
2. A wonderful lappie
3. The luscious SONY Cyber-shot DSC-T100 (red or black)
4. The amazing Nokia N95 or Apple iPhone
5. The gorgeous Apple iPod nano (black)
6. Gimme 10 kilos! (no kidding!)
7. Blessed with good health (and wealth --- only if I've started to work)
8. Celebrate it with my best buddies
9. A holiday on that day!
10. Receive lotsa birthday wishes (even a simple Happy Birthday is enough to gratify me)

Top 10 things that I don't want for my birthday

1. Celebrate the day alone! :sob:
2. No holiday! :(
3. Not feeling well (touch wood!)
4. Loaded with tasks and assignments
5. Irritated by some nuisances
6. No birthday wishes for me
7. Feeling so sien (bored)
8. Feeling terribly tired and lethargic
9. Rainy day
10. No $$$

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Date: April 30th, 2007
Venue: Her café

This was the 2nd time rinnah treated me to a cup of café au lait at her quaint little café. Of course I didn't get to reject her as she told me a flock of unique personalities from Malaysia and abroad would be patronizing her café that very day, and that it would be a great opportunity for me to get acquainted with some special ones. :wink:


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Date: May 3rd, 2007
Venue: Her café

We talked about dreams, ambitions, and yes, personal goals. And since I love to fantasize and dream for so much, I'd decided to include some of my missions impossible in my list of goals to score. Can or not? No objections? Great!

~ Pursue my PhD at the University of Cambridge (Yeah... I know it's way impossible! Cannot hor?)
~ Live to a minimum age of 100! Muahaha...
~ Sleep early, preferably before 12 midnight
~ I want to get rid of those panda eyes!!!
~ Gain 10 kilos (yes, I'm so desperate that I'm saying this again and again!)
~ A little taller? Quite impossible at this kinda age, huh? :(
~ Provide my parents a comfortable living
~ 5 of my fantasies/goals were already stated here

Yet, my greatest goal of all is to establish perpetual world peace. I'm bringing up this nifty little banner from my old entry again to remind all of us the importance of mutual tolerance and coexistence. No matter how different we are --- skin colours, religions, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, interests, looks and etc, we should all stand up in solidarity and face the future world challenges together. Let there be no differences between any of us, for we are all the children of the united human race. Peace!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

It's May Day!

So I finally get to blog! My PC went nuts today, restarting itself each time I logged on to the desktop. Grrr... I've got no choice but to reformat my whole system, and reinstalling all the necessary applications. But hey, getting all those applications executed is like a breeze after the fresh installation! Even my internet connection works like a charm now! What a big difference in speed between now and then! Guess I really need to minimize the installation of unnecessary programmes, just for the sake of performance and speed. Phew... What a day!

Now, I'm here to present you guys the chart-toppers of T H E H U G H U G C L U B™ in the month of April.

Congratulations again all... Well done! :) As a reward, you guys can give that cute koala a big hug! After all, it's a club policy to give hugs and smooches, ain't it? ;)

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My parents just bought me a new table lamp today. Whee! The old one has not been in use for quite some time now since we couldn't find the light tube that fits it after the previous one ran out of juice.

Kinda IKEA-fied, right? It looks pretty nice on my table. Modern and sophisticated. And the switch is a touch sensor. Just a slight touch on its base and the lamp will go on or off. Not really a new technology, since my old one is also activated via this way, yet it's still cool and nifty nonetheless.

It's only 1 minute away before the clock strikes 12, and I hope that I'm still able to wish all you guys out there a Happy Wesak Day and a Happy Labour Day! :)