Saturday, October 13, 2007

Selamat Hari Raya

To everyone celebrating Hari Raya, Selamat Hari Raya. Be safe on the roads and enjoy the traffic jams and those who are enjoying the holidays please stay home so I can go out roaming around town without going through the jam :D hahahah

Photohunt Smelly

With the holiday's approaching I didn't have much time to go around taking pictures and only had this in my collection. Presenting to you the king of fruits the durian which will make do for this weeks theme Smelly. I tried searching for words that describe how durian smells and this post in wikipedia just made me laugh. It's really not that bad actually and I have many foreigner friends that loves the taste of the durian that is once you overcome the fear of the smell :D

... its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away. Despite its great local popularity, the raw fruit is forbidden from some establishments such as hotels, subways and airports, including public transportation in Southeast Asia.

To many the smell of the durian is something that leaves
them with a migraine but to many the smell is just heavenly
and can be smelt from miles away

The smell is just so horrible that many public places especially
hotel rooms have banned bringing in durian into their premises

Monday, October 08, 2007

I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry

Being a fan of The King of Queens and not forgetting Adam Sandler humour, this was one movie that I didn't want to miss. Half naked firemen and hot women lawyer what more would you want from a movie hahahaha

The movie is basically about Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) and Larry Valentine (Kevin James) who are veteran firefighters who are also close friends. Larry is having issues dealing with his wife's death and has not changed his primary beneficiary from his wife to his kids within the stipulated time and the only way to get it done is for him to get married.

This is where things get interesting as Chuck and Larry pretend to be in domestic partnership. As funny as the movie was but it was being funny at the expense of an already marginalised group. There's a lot more to the movie than meets the eye and as funny as it is, it has some reality in it which might be faced by certain people on certain aspects portrayed in the movie.

Overall it was entertaining and as hard as I tried not to laugh halfway through the movie tears were practically rolling down my cheeks :D

What colour are you ah ?

Living in a multi racial society one has been thought since young that we are lucky to be living in a country that has such diversity in culture and believes. I couldn't help but overhear some of my colleagues talking the other day and it got my attention. They were complaining about how cliques is so obvious nowdays and having a clique is nothing new but this cliques are usually of a single color. It is obvious in universities, colleges and even secondary school to a certain extent.

Some of this people are of the majority in this country and yet they were commenting about how when they were young and living in kampungs everyone mixed with each other and colour was never a matter compared to today where walking around in shopping centers one can not help but notice it.

Being raised in a mixed parentage with both my parents being the minority in the country I always thought that we the minority should stick together and become much stronger voice in the country. That is until recent incidents has thought me that there are still some people living in the dark ages thinking that their colour is the ultimate colour and any other colour is just not good enough.

To generalise a person based on his colour is something I have heard of from other people but never have I had it happen to me. To generalise me as a typical person based on my colour is something not pleasent at all. There are tonnes of things happening in the country and to generalise someone based on what you see or hear from the tv and radio and paper based on other people's doing of the same colour is definitely not fair.

There's some that likes to gamble and to certain extent even beg, borrow or steal just to satisfy their gambling habits then there are some that apparently like to get drunk and beat their wives and not forgetting some that apparently like to go around committing incest. So if you're the same colour as someone who has been generalised to be a certain type does that mean that you are the same as well ? It's the most absurd and ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

Sometimes I wonder what kind of place do we live in that not only do we have to fight for our rights but at the same time because of the action certain group of people we are labelled to be the same kind just because of our skin colour. In all my years growing up and living this is the first time that I've faced a colour issue in my life. I've heard of adding some colour to your life but never have I thought that I had to be a certain colour to live happily and peacefully.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Photohunt Curvy

This time around I finally manage to post my photohunt on a Saturday. This week's theme is Curvy

First thing that came to my mind was The Curve shopping center available
here locally but I'm sure many photohunters wouldn't know where or what it is :D

But then one day as I was driving to work negotiating the numerous
twist and turns I thought of a curvy road.

As I was going through my collection of pictures I found this. A shot taken
from a plane on my trip back from one of my overseas trip. There's definitely
a lot of curvy road and rivers that can be seen from the top

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Desktop freeview

Got tagged pulak. So apparently I'm suppose to do a screen capture of my desktop and post it online. Wanted to do it last night but got lazy so here I am doing it now. This is the desktop in my office. It is very "organised" and follows my theory of "organised chaos" hahahahaha. It has short cuts to most of my frequent programs and files that I use. Window key + m is my favourite feature and I use it most often hahahaha

I'm suppose to tag 5 people so here goes
Daniel, Yue, Bulat, LeMistress, Eelyn


My Desktop Free View Instruction:

A. Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun.
You can do a screen capture by:

[1] Going to your desktop and pressing the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key).

[2] Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V).

[3] If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it.

B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of icons. Things like that.

C. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.

D. Add your name to this list of Free Viewers with a link pointing directly to your Desktop Free View post to promote it to succeeding participants.

List of those who participated in the tag and place your link below:

  • iRonnie
  • skippyheart
  • theserrie
  • domlawrenceosb
  • sasha-says
  • maiylah's snippets
  • MY Memoirs
  • Aniquenik
  • Criz's Sanctuary
  • AlvinC
  • de Vince
  • piggy
  • changeiam
  • Sugar coating

    Was thinking about this recently and after my unproductive teleconference with a MNC that shall be left unnamed I finally found the time to actually sit and put my thoughts down. It's funny how we are thought to speak our mind and yet when it comes to the practical part of it more often that not we tend to sugar coat most of the words that come out of our mouth.

    Among close friends information tends to get sugar coated and sometimes even important information is left out. Sometimes we do it unknowingly but most of the time we do it because we are afraid of hurting the other party with the truth. The saying truth hurts is so true and by disguising the truth sometimes seems to make things easier to swallow especially if it's bad news. At the same time sometimes too much sugar coating ends up as a white lie, all this is done with the idea of protecting the other person in mind. I know and understand that bad news is difficult to accept but by hiding the truth or topping with with loads of sugar sometimes the truth gets so distorted that the original message never gets across. If we can't be honest with the people we care about then who else can we be honest with ?

    Sugar coating in some form is a way of censorship I guess. I mean just take a look at our local newspaper and you'll know what I mean. Most news either do not make it to the paper and even if they do they are so heavily doctored and distorted and topped with kilos of sugar that you might die of diabetes the next day.

    Just take for example of the rumors of a petrol price hike. So by informing us that there is no petrol price hike this year seem to have pleased a majority of the people but what difference does it make if next year the petrol price goes up by 20cent or even 30 cent to cover up for this year as well ? What then ? By then no amount of sugar coating will help because the truth of the matter is petrol prices are going up and by subsidising (sugarcoating) us from the ever increasing petrol price does it do us any good ? We might save a bit now but sooner or later we have to face the music and when that time comes I can't imagine what might happen.

    Maybe we are just afraid of confrontation and try our very best to weasel our way out of it either by sugar coating or by topping it up with a white lie or by just ignoring it until it's too much to handle. Where am I going with this I have no idea. Maybe like everything else in life there needs to be moderation and sugar coating only helps to a certain extent and sooner or later the truth needs to be voiced out be it by choice or forced into a situation. Sometimes the truth does hurt in the short term but the effects in the long term by living a life full of sugar is not very pleasant either.

    Have you been doing any sugar coating lately ?!?!? hahahahah I know I have :D

    Tuesday, October 02, 2007

    Photohunt Original

    Once again I am late as usual hahahaha. Work in office is crazy and by the time I get back I'm too exhausted to even think about any pictures for this weeks theme. Last night I finally made time to go through my pictures and selected a few for this weeks theme ORIGINAL. It was rather difficult at first but this is what came to mind when I thought about the word original.

    Original software

    The original jeans

    The original scrabble