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09 February 2009

JOKE.


I've received this e-mail from a friend and after reading and having a good laugh, decided to post it here in my blog.

Please remember that this is only a joke and not meant to demean anybody.

Enjoy.


Raman: Narain, I've been attending night classes for 5 months now and I have an exam next week.

Narayan: oh!

Raman: For example, do you know who is Alexander Graham Bell?

Narayan: No

Raman: He's the inventor of the phone in 1876; if you take night courses you would know this.

The next day, the same discussion took place:

Raman: Do you know who Alexander Dumas is?

Narayan: No

Raman: He's the author of "The 3 Musketeers", if you take night courses, you would know this.

The next day, once again:

Raman: And do you know who Jean Jacques Rousseau is?

Narayan: No

Raman: He's the author of "Confessions", if you take night courses, you would know this.

This time, Narayan got irritated and asked
Narayan: And you, do you know who is Balakrishnan Kuppuswamy?

Raman: No

Narayan: He's the guy sleeping with your wife!! If you stop night courses, you would know.


"Rule: There are some things more important in life than Work and General Knowledge".


08 February 2009

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau @ Tip Of Borneo.



What a terrible week that we all had. Some of the events that I have witnessed really made me wonder whether there is still justice, ethics, patriotism etc. left in this world.

Well enough about politics for the time being. I was determined that whatever happened or will happen will not dampen my weekend so off I go to Kudat for some unfinished business plus some sightseeing of course.I had always wanted to visit the Tip Of Borneo or locally known as Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.

I left Kota Kinabalu at 10.00 am and reached there at 12.40 pm. I was quite pleased to finally reached and see the northernmost of Sabah or Borneo Island itself with my own eyes. I had a nice view of the South China Sea and it was quite windy when I reached there.

No need to worry about food as there a canteen nearby and also a chalet for those who wished to stay overnight. For security, there is a Police Station situated not far away from the canteen.

As I was alone, I did not stay long and after about fourty minutes I left but determined to bring along my family with me on my next trip here.







Engraving on the wall of the "globe" describing a brief history of the place.








06 February 2009

Wet Day For KK.

It's been raining from early this morning till now (at 2.25pm). From light to heavy rainfall, it's quite an inconvenience to most of us in going about our daily tasks. I mentioned " to most of us" as those involved in the construction line are fortunate enough to have an off day today.

I am supposed to report for duty today on a job, which I had second thought of, which is in Kudat. Had to cancel the trip due to the bad weather. Maybe this a divine sign telling me not to take up this job. :)

Still, I'm a bit disappointed as I had planned to visit the tip of Borneo. Then again I can always go there next time.

Now comes the part to write an email to turn down the offer.

28 January 2009

Aid for Gaza Goes Nowhere


At a Border Crossing, Drivers and Truckloads of Aid for Gaza Go Nowhere
Published: January 27, 2009

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) - EL AUJA BORDER CROSSING, Egypt — France sent technical equipment to help Gazans draw water from the ground. The Swiss sent blankets and plastic tarps. Mercy Corps, a relief agency, sent 12 truckloads of food. And on Tuesday all of it, including dozens of other trucks carrying sugar, rice, flour, juice and baby formula, sat in the hot sun here going nowhere.



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All those assistance will mean to nothing if it cannot reach the Gazans. What a shame.


Tapping Pressure Points to Address All Ailments.


Tapping pressure points to address all ailments

The Jakarta Post - Tue, 01/27/2009 A man sat inhaling the fresh air, holding a cigarette butt in his hand. "I don't like this anymore," he claimed.

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Interesting. Wonder when will we be able to the same over here.

27 January 2009

Chinese New Year - 2nd. Day.

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Visited one house only today. I think that's about wrapped up my celebration for this year. Why only one house? Well this particular visit alone took half day to complete. Mana tidak. Talk, eat, talk, eat and hehehee a few cards game to past the time by while chit-hatting away.

At home I surfed the Net looking for this particular band whose name I have forgotten and not one song title that I can remember. Well it's been almost 20 years but I always hummed one particular tune. Strange no? You remembered the melody but not the title.

Anyway, I remembered the producer's name and so with a powerful tool as the Internet, I finally found not only that song but other songs by the same band. I have downloaded one song for everyone's listening pleasure. Hope you all will like it.

If you would like to listen uninterrupted, press 'PLAY' first and then paused. Let the buffering complete itself then press 'PLAY'. Meanwhile as you awaits for the whole process to complete, you may eat some kuaci if you have them. :)

Enjoy!


Love Welcome Home - Giant

Chinese New Year - 1st Day

Managed to visit only two of my friends today. Maybe tomorrow I will be able to visit more.

Out of curiosity, I drove through Kota Kinabalu late in the afternoon and I was right. Except for certain area, the rest are almost deserted.

Areas which were not affected much during this type of holiday are areas where concentration of the foreigners are quite high.




Section of the famous and almost deserted Gaya Street.


Another section Gaya Street. Unlike the previous years, no trace of burnt fire crackers were to be found or maybe I've missed it.


25 January 2009

Kong Hee Fatt Choi!

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Tonight and like the years before, the clan will again be gathering for the anual dinner in conjunction with the arrival of the new lunar month in the Chinese calendar which will also usher in the Chinese New Year. It's fun and I am looking forward to it. We will be having our dinner in one of the restaurants here in Kota Kianabalu. Although being a Muslim (a mualaf) I make it a point never to miss if possible, this once a year occasion.


Kong Hee Fatt Choi!


20 January 2009

Smile.


Yeah, smile. Smile can make our worries go away. There is a saying that smile is
good for your health.

Understandably, some people may find it hard to smile nowadays with the gloomy prospects due to the global economic downturn.

Worry not for I have just what is needed to put a smile back on your face.






Soucre
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Snippet. (Turban vs. Helmet )


KOTA BAHARU, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- A religious school student from Pondok Pasir Tumboh here Monday opted to serve two days behind bars for riding a motorcycle wearing not a helmet but a turban two years ago.

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He's entitled to his conviction but I guess the law is blind on this matter. He's being the unlucky one too. There's lots of riders and pillions out there on their bikes daily without helmets but still lucky enough of not being caught.



Updated 7.47 pm : The police respond.


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 (Bernama) -- Police are expected to discuss and review the rule on motorcyclists wearing the turban and serban, with the Attorney-General's Office soon.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said currently Sikhs (turban) and Muslim Scholars (Ulama) who wear a serban (Muslim headgear) are exempted from wearing crash helmets while riding a motorcycle.

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Quite tricky eh?

Updated: 21.01.2009 - 2.21pm
Below is a response from one reader of which I accidentally deleted. Sorry bro' and below is his original comment:

Rationally speaking, it is not about who should be more deserving of wearing turban and be exempted from law. It is about safety of the rider/pillion. In the event of crash, be it Sikh or Muslim, the brain is going to be splattered all over. It's ugly.

Being pious (respect/uphold/commitment to one's religion) is one thing. I just hope those opted for Turban know the consequences of their own action.

When that law came in force in 70/80s, many Sikh were exempted with turban, but remember, back then, motorcycle were 65cc, 70cc. You rarely seen and "cub-chai" that is above 100cc, today, almost all bike on the road are well above 90cc, heavier, more power, faster speed too. Even for Sikh,my sincere advice is, riding at 60-80km/h, the turban do not stand a chance, pls opt for helmet.

When we look into helmet, we see the face of our love ones, yes, that thing will give us better chance of survival should anything happen and still let us be home to be with our love ones, instead of having them coming to mortuary looking for us . Simple as that.
-woody @ Truth


13 January 2009

Stolen Identity.



I used to be shocked or surprised in the past upon reading news report such as the one below. Well that was then but not anymore. In fact I can assure you that most of us here in Sabah considered such cases of stolen identity as common as the common cold. It will come and caused you discomfort regardless of the rituals on personal hygiene that you rigorously observed.

I pity the poor fellow though. That the authorities had failed to solve his problem after so long shows the callousness and unsymphatetic attitude they have towards his predicament. Now that this has been publicised nationwide and through the Net, hopefully his problem will be settled expediently.

It should be remembered that we are already in the ninth year of the 21st century and should by now have in our disposal, a workable and systematic methods in curbing the usage of stolen and forged identity cards.

Below are excerpts the news article I am referring about.


Sabahan plagued by peninsula traffic fines.

By Muguntan Vanar
January 12, 2009

KOTA KINABALU: Amzari Sapoh, 25, does not own or know how to ride a motorcycle but he has been slapped with arrest warrants for failing to settle his traffic summonses for the last three years.

Curiously, the summonses were all issued to him “for riding without a licence” in various states in Peninsular Malaysia when the Sabahan is a full-time clerk in a company here.

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Source :The StarOnline

Related Link: IC Palsu

08 January 2009

Sufferings In Gaza - #3.


An article worth reading :

Hamas and the Arab States

January 7, 2009
By Kamran Bokhari and Reva Bhalla

Israel is now in the 12th day of carrying out Operation Cast Lead against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas has been the de facto ruler ever since it seized control of the territory in a June 2007 coup. The Israeli campaign, whose primary military aim is to neutralize Hamas’ ability to carry out rocket attacks against Israel, has led to the reported deaths of more than 560 Palestinians; the number of wounded is approaching the 3,000 mark.

The reaction from the Arab world has been mixed. On the one hand, a look at the so-called Arab street will reveal an angry scene of chanting protesters, burning flags and embassy attacks in protest of Israel’s actions. The principal Arab regimes, however, have either kept quiet or publicly condemned Hamas for the crisis — while privately often expressing their support for Israel’s bid to weaken the radical Palestinian group.

Despite the much-hyped Arab nationalist solidarity often cited in the name of Palestine, most Arab regimes actually have little love for the Palestinians. While these countries like keeping the Palestinian issue alive for domestic consumption and as a tool to pressure Israel and the West when the need arises, in actuality, they tend to view Palestinian refugees — and more Palestinian radical groups like Hamas — as a threat to the stability of their regimes.


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Source: Stratfor.com

Suffering in Gaza - # 2.



My prayers goes to the innocent Palestinian people of Gaza whom are caught in between the deadly on going conflict. Such a wasteful and terrible tragedy.

Image : The Peoples Voice

07 January 2009

Man Guilty Raping A 62 Year Old.


It is only the seventh day of 2009 and already we are fed with is kind of story on the local front. This ***hole of a man deserved the maximum of any punishment there is. He is either a real bastard, drunk or high on drugs to commit such crime. A normal man would not do such thing.

Guilty of raping granny, 62

(Daily Express) -Kota Kinabalu: A 42-year-old farmer pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court here Tuesday to raping a 62-year-old grandmother last month.

Jundan Hairal, a Filipino, admitted before Judge Supang Lian to committing the offence to the elderly woman at 10.30pm at Lot 14, Third Floor, Block 9, Taman Jaya Diri, Menggatal, here.

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(Heran bin ajaib. Macam mana itu barang boleh jadi keras.)


06 January 2009

Back To School Blues.


I have prepared a summary that will tell you just how much parents with children enrolling in form one this year will need to pay for this particular school.

Mind you this is a sekolah kerajaan and not those sekolah bantuan or jenis kebangsaan type.I believe for these other schools, the cost could be much higher. For the present form two and up to form five students, they are charged RM110.00 each.

It is quite fortunate however, that the Headmaster of this particular school is a considerate soul and parents are allowed to settle the amount in two instalments. For those very productive parents, aye' they will be feeling the pinch alright.


PTA fee and activities = RM 104.00
Compulsory payments for students (materials and others) = RM 100.00
Total Amount (Male) = RM204.00
(Female)* = RM194.00

*RM10.00 are waived as female student are exempted from wearing necktie.



Back To School But Not To Some.

Today was quite a hectic day as I went about arranging the necessary things for the kids whose schooling life started anew this year. One of boys actually tasted his first day today as a form one student.

Everything went on quite well. No serious problem encountered on my part. However, the same cannot be said to some unlucky parents at the school where my son enrolled.

Their problem started when the Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah, whom had earlier assigned their children just before their Year Six final semester ended, to school A to continue with their secondary education. Somehow for unknown reasons, school A did not to accept some of them and was reassigned to school B.

Since these reassigned names did not appear in the master list provided by the Education Department for school B, most of them and especially those with poor academic results were declined and unceremoniously rejected. One really upset and exasperated parent asked me for an opinion of which I replied by asking him to refer his grievances back to the Education Department.

What I would like to know is, can a school (in this case, School A) simply reject students assigned by the Education Department just because these poor students did meet certain pre-set criteria? Are schools allowed to do these? I believe this problem are faced by lots of parents today.

01 January 2009

Musa Aman : Less politicking please.


Excerpts from a Daily Express article about Datuk Musa Aman calling for less politicking this year:

(Daily Express)
- Kota Kinabalu : Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman has expressed optimism that Sabah would continue to forge ahead in the implementation of development programmes amid less political bickering in 2009.


"I also hope that politicking will stop so that we can move ahead and bring more development to the people.

"Let us close ranks so that Sabah will progress further and refrain from getting duped by the opposition which is good at empty talk and empty promises," he said, in his New Year message.

In this respect, Malaysians in Sabah must work with the Government towards increasing the State's competitiveness in a globalised world and towards remaining united in putting strategies and plans to work into the next phase of development, he added.

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Source : CM hopes for less politicking next year, Daily Express, 1 January 2009

How many political leaders had made similar calls? I have lost count but still a good call indeed by Musa. Hopefully though that it will not fall on deaf ears.

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