Friday, September 25, 2009

Street Fighters a week before Raya…

Street Fighters a week before Raya…


Street Fighters a week before Raya…

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 07:44 AM PDT

Bang, this year we are going back Raya in my kampong ok?

Are you kidding?! It is my kampong this year and next year too!

Didn't I tell you not to skip sahur? Look at you now, your blood lack sugar and your brain cells that can actually work are not more than the strands of hair of your janggut! Can't you remember we have been to your kampung last year! And for raya haji! And Deepavali? What else do you want?

Shut up! You talk too much! You PotPetPotPet Woman!!!

Don't you PotPetPotPet me!!! You take that back!

PotpetPOTPETTTTTTT!!

Aaaggghh! Don't make me practice my Street Fighter moves, husband!

Whatever! You PotPetPotPEEETTTTTTTTTTT!!!

Oh yeah??? Take this!!! Haiiyaaaaaaahhh…….

tumbukan padu maut

Hentakan Gegaran Alam Tak Berbayang (Peringkat Ketujuh)

isteri yang garang
Tumbukan Mentadak-Mentadu Mabuk Todi (Peringkat Six Sigma)

keganasan rumah tangga
Serangan Maut Membujur Lalu Melintang Patah ( Tahap Dewa- Dewi)

Note – The above Kungfu cum Silat moves were forced in 0.05 seconds. They were so fast and deadly special US military hi-tech camera was used to capture these photos. This couple celebrated Hari Raya at the husband's kampung.

Moral of the story – Jadilah isteri yang mithali.



Closing Down

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 10:46 AM PDT

... but I'll still be on Face Book!

Will be replying comments about a day or two just before this page vanishes.


It's been fun ;) xoxoxo


Celebrity street brawl – Gary Chaw vs Justin Lo

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 10:31 AM PDT

Hong Kong paparazzi hit the jackpot in early Wednesday morning (Sept 23) with some detailed footages of a street brawl between Malaysian singer Gary Chaw and HKG pop star Justin Lo. Video in Cantonese…

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Celebrity street brawl – Gary Chaw vs Justin Lo from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Katherine Heigl adopts a Korean baby girl

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 08:32 AM PDT

American actress Katherine Heigl, husband Josh Kelley and daughter Nancy LeighAmerican actress Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley have adopted a 10-month-old special needs baby girl from South Korea earlier this month.

They named their daughter Nancy Leigh, nicknamed Naleigh, after Katherine's mother Nancy and sister Margaret Leigh. The couple released their first family photo via Katherine's animal-rescue foundation

Katherine's sister is an adopted Korean; and Katherine has always wanted to follow her parents' path.

The adoption process was sped up because of Naleigh's health condition; she had to undergo a heart operation two months after she was born and probably needs some extra care, which her new found parents should be able to provide.

Katherine Heigl adopts a Korean baby girl from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Paparazzi Time for Ha Ji-won

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 07:18 AM PDT

Korean actress Ha Ji-won featured in the Vol.13 issue of High Cut [Kr] magazine with a Paparazzi Time theme; wonder if she would smile as cheerfully if she's stalked by the real deal…

Korean actress Ha Ji-won on High Cut magazine

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altantuya Najib finds new Indian allies, bypasses MIC - nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 10:03 AM PDT

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — The invitation card is glossy, in gold colour and of superior quality, in keeping with the VIP who is guest of honour at the Oct 10 launch of the new kid on the block — the Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia.

The VIP will be Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who appears to be signalling that he is not going to solely depend on Barisan Nasional (BN) stalwart parties like the MIC and MCA to reach out to the non-Malay communities.

He will launch the new Indian-based party formed by former leaders of Hindraf at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park in Serdang next month in a strategy which bears similarities to his father Tun Razak Hussein's move in the 1970s to welcome more political parties into the establishment fold.

For this reason, it is significant that Najib is launching the party which received recognition from the Registrar of Societies in a "matter of weeks" on May 11.

His presence indicates that in the changed political landscape after March 8, 2008 which saw BN allies like the MIC, MCA, Gerakan and PPP fall like tenpins, Umno is finding and creating new allies.

Leaders of the new party have already pledged to campaign for BN in the upcoming Bagan Pinang by-election.

With MIC's and even the PPP's failure to reform and reinvent under Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and Datuk M. Kayveas, Umno may well be searching for new partners. The Makkal Sakti party could well play such a role.

A lot is riding on the party formed by former Hindraf national co-coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran, 47, who is president.

The party has yet to make an impact but Thanenthiran said it has been working quietly to recruit over 50,000 members, getting the divisions established and setting up best practices.

"We made an impact at Kampung Buah Pala trying to save it from demolition. The Indian community knows about it," he said.

He says Najib's presence is an honour but claims that the party is independent and only wishes to serve the people.

"The Prime Minister is launching our party and we are honoured but it does not mean we have lost our independence," Thanenthiran told The Malaysian Insider.

"We are working together with him as partners… we walk together for the benefit of the Indian community," he said.

"It is true the BN did not do much for us in the past 52 years but the Pakatan Rakyat has done even less for us in the past two years," he said.

"BN under Datuk Seri (Najib) is beginning to do for the Indians in major areas and we welcome it. We want to work with him to get a fair share of the nation's resources," he said, giving reasons why Najib was invited to launch the party and open the annual general meeting.

"We invited Selangor Chief Minister (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) to open a culture night the same day but he declined," Thanenthiran. "We tried… you can't blame us."

Najib's decision to launch the Makkal Sakti party is a milestone in Indian politics in Malaysia.

It not only suggests the increasing irrelevance of the MIC, but also sidelines the many Indian-based NGOs that claim to be offshoots of the Hindraf movement, including the yet-to-be registered Human Rights Party headed by lawyer and Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar.

Having the ear of the Prime Minister is a major boon for the Makkal Sakti Party which has asked Najib to act on three main areas of concern for the Indians.

These are turning all 543 Tamil schools into fully-aided schools, 10 per cent Indian recruitment in the civil service and at all levels and socio-economic help to uplift the Indian urban poor.

Thanenthiran said Najib told them to give him two years to act on these issues. "You all watch what I do," Najib told them, according to Thanenthiran.

The MIC for them is already irrelevant.

"We won't be here if the MIC had delivered," said A. Waythamoorthy, the former Perak Hindraf co-ordinator who is deputy president.

"If they had delivered there would not have been a Makkal Sakti movement in the first place, no 2008 tsunami and we won't form a new party," he said.

The party would also actively campaign for the Barisan Nasional in the Oct 11 Bagan Pinang by-election because leaders feel it is a BN-ruled state and another PR or independent win would not make any difference for the Indians.

"In Bagan Pinang we want to show we can bring Indian voters for the Barisan… it is an acid test for us," Thanenthiran said.

(Source: The Malaysian Insider)

Yet another race-based party. Nothing has changed. Sadly, the Kampung Buah Pala folks are victims of race-based politics. Not too long ago, The Malaysian Insider reported 'Najib washes federal hands of Buah Pala'. 1Malaysia PM couldn't (or wouldn't?) even save Buah Pala!

"You all watch what I do"? So good. Just watch only. So, why need Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia? 1Malaysia PM can do the job what! ;-)


Raya Rounds - #1

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 06:25 AM PDT

I had initially planned to start my Raya rounds on Saturday with a visit to Sofie's house. But a friend invited me to her open house today, and so after completing only one day of my puasa enam, looks like I have to cuti 3 hari from Friday to Sunday and only continue on Monday.

And since my friend's house is in a town not far from Lin's house, I figured I might as well visit Lin's family today.

As usual, whenever attending gatherings or the likes, I'm usually one of the earliest to arrive, if not the earliest. Today, I was the earliest. Well, my friend did say the open house was from 3 to 6 pm, and I got there at 3.15 pm! So I wasn't really early, they were the ones who were late. I wanted to be there early so I could leave early to go to my next pit stop - Lin's house.

Even my friend was not home when I arrived - she was busy going around the neighbors' homes inviting them to her open house. But all her 4 children are already familiar with me so I spent some time chatting with them instead.

I didn't eat much at the open house. Oh, they had good food - mee rebus, satay, cakes, etc; but I didn't want to overload my tummy with too much stuff. I was fasting yesterday and if I ate too much today, I'd probably end up with a stomach ache. (orang Perak kata perut tak semiak!)

Before I left my friend's house, I called Lin to find out if she was home. Well, she wasn't. She was already at her goreng pisang stall which she just reopened today after a whole week of Raya break. She invited me to go to her stall instead.

So yep, after the open house, I headed straight to the open stall... :)

It wasn't too busy when I got to the stall, and Lin's daughter who is still on holiday was helping her out at the stall, so I could chat with Lin without worrying about her having to man the stall. I was served air kelapa, pisang goreng, keledek goreng and cekodok. Ahh... a change after the usual Raya cookies...

It was a good thing I didn't go head straight to Lin's house. Apparently she moved to a new house just before Raya.

You see, the house she and her children had been staying in all the while, belonged to Lin's father. The father, who had remarried since her mother died, stays with his new wife at her house, but from time to time would still go back to his own house. Which is not the problem really. The problem is, Lin's 18 year old son, who had been doing nothing but lepak-ing with his friends since he finished his SPM last year, doesn't seem to get along at all with his grandfather. They fight every time they meet. Lin herself doesn't know how else to handle her son. Her other children seemed very responsible, especially her 3 elder daughters; but this son doesn't seem to want to listen to anybody. Not Lin, not his sisters, and definitely not his own father, Mr Darling.

There was once when Lin was at her stall, her other son came cycling as fast as he could to inform Lin - "Abang dengan Tok Wan tengah bergaduh, siap dah keluar parang!!"

That was it for Lin - she figured she might as well give in. The house wasn't hers anyway, and to avoid more of such confrontations between her son and her father, Lin decided to move to another house. She has to pay rent of course, which will make life more difficult for her financially.

According to Lin, her son did seem interested when Lin suggested to him to join the police force, but he will have to wait until he officially becomes 18, which will be in October. If he is no longer interested to study, he might as well work. Lin doesn't really trust him to work simply anywhere - she's hoping that by joining the police force, the discipline instilled during the intensive training may change him. I hope things will work out.

Before I left, I handed over 6 packets of duit raya to Lin, to be given to her 6 children. I also left some money for her 14 year old son's school fees since the boy is under our sponsorship programme. All in the amount to be paid to the school is RM91. So I gave her RM100 and told her to keep the change. At least the balance was more than enough to cover for the air kelapa and all the goreng stuff they served me. I also took down her new house address, so that I'd know where to head next time I need to go to her house.

Tomorrow insyaAllah will be my next stop... Sofie's house.


Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 09:17 AM PDT



1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3 Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 Ia]">[a] must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blindb]">[b] said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?"
9 Some said, "This is he." Others said, "He is like him."c]">[c]
He said, "I am he."
10 Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened?"
11 He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool ofd]">[d] Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and I received sight."
12 Then they said to him, "Where is He?"
He said, "I do not know."

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Italian police seize mafia boss' pet crocodile

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 07:15 AM PDT

ROME (AP) - Here's another of the Mafia's trademark offers-you-can't-refuse: pay or be eaten by a crocodile.
Italy's anti-Mafia police unit said Wednesday it has seized a crocodile used by an alleged Naples mob boss to intimidate local businessmen from whom he demanded protection money.

Officers searching for weapons in the man's home outside the southern Italian city last week found the crocodile living on his terrace, said police official Sergio Di Mauro.

The crocodile, weighing 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and 1.7 meters (5.6 feet) long, was fed a diet of live rabbits and mice, Di Mauro said.

He said the suspect, an alleged boss in the Naples-based Camorra crime syndicate, used to invite extortion victims to his home and threaten to set the animal on them if they didn't pay or grant him favors.

The man was not arrested but placed under investigation for illegal possession of an animal, Di Mauro said. Investigators are also working on extortion charges against him.

Di Mauro said the animal is believed to be a caiman, a species that lives in Central and South America, and it is not yet clear how it got to Italy. The crocodile was placed in the care of Italy's forestry service.


Israel's ex-PM goes on trial on corruption charges

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 06:54 AM PDT

Baby hates fight song

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 06:33 AM PDT




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Swine influenza invade Europe via France. Froggies themselves to blame

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 06:38 AM PDT

65% of French people are not going to be immunized against influenza A / (H1N1). This is evidenced by the results of the latest research.

Only 30% of the French, according to the survey expressed their willingness to make the vaccine as soon as the vaccine will be created - reports UNIAN-Health

A little more than the French - 38% - are willing to undergo vaccination against normal seasonal flu, although it is not as toxic as the strain of influenza A / (H1N1). In general, ready to make vaccination against normal seasonal flu and influenza A / (H1N1) 25% of respondents are not vaccinated against any of the types of flu - 54%. However, 52% of respondents believed that a vaccine against a new influenza A / (H1N1) will have a significant risk to human health.


Bye Bye Money,,,,

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 07:08 AM PDT



Auschwitz: The Final Solution Part 1 0f 5

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 04:20 AM PDT

Clip from BBC documentary Auschwitz : Inside the Nazi State- detailing plans for building of the camps at Auschwitz- which would eventually include Soviet POWS and Poles and Jews.


Continue on to Parts 2 to 5 here


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The Association between Naziism and Arab Antisemitism

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 04:19 AM PDT

The Nazis recruited and Islamic Fundamentalists eagerly volunteered for duty in antisemitic activity. The quintessential example is the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and his relationship with Adolf Hitler. This little bit of information will be good for the anti semites in Malaysia, who basically think that the Jews with 5,000 years of history in the Middle East, do not belong there and especially so for the Great Leader.


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Najib finds new Indian allies, bypasses the MIC

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 02:59 AM PDT

The invitation card is glossy, in gold colour and of superior quality, in keeping with the VIP who is guest of honour at the Oct 10 launch of the new kid on the block — the Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia.

The VIP will be Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who appears to be signalling that he is not going to solely depend on Barisan Nasional (BN) stalwart parties like the MIC and MCA to reach out to the non-Malay communities.

He will launch the new Indian-based party formed by former leaders of Hindraf at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park in Serdang next month in a strategy which bears similarities to his father Tun Razak Hussein's move in the 1970s to welcome more political parties into the establishment fold.

For this reason, it is significant that Najib is launching the party which received recognition from the Registrar of Societies in a "matter of weeks" on May 11.

His presence indicates that in the changed political landscape after March 8, 2008 which saw BN allies like the MIC, MCA, Gerakan and PPP fall like tenpins, Umno is finding and creating new allies.

Leaders of the new party have already pledged to campaign for BN in the upcoming Bagan Pinang by-election.

With MIC's and even the PPP's failure to reform and reinvent under Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and Datuk M. Kayveas, Umno may well be searching for new partners. The Makkal Sakti party could well play such a role.

A lot is riding on the party formed by former Hindraf national co-coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran, 47, who is president.

The party has yet to make an impact but Thanenthiran said it has been working quietly to recruit over 50,000 members, getting the divisions established and setting up best practices.
"We made an impact at Kampung Buah Pala trying to save it from demolition. The Indian community knows about it," he said.


He says Najib's presence is an honour but claims that the party is independent and only wishes to serve the people.

"The Prime Minister is launching our party and we are honoured but it does not mean we have lost our independence," Thanenthiran told The Malaysian Insider.

"We are working together with him as partners… we walk together for the benefit of the Indian community," he said.

"It is true the BN did not do much for us in the past 52 years but the Pakatan Rakyat has done even less for us in the past two years," he said.

"BN under Datuk Seri (Najib) is beginning to do for the Indians in major areas and we welcome it. We want to work with him to get a fair share of the nation's resources," he said, giving reasons why Najib was invited to launch the party and open the annual general meeting.

"We invited Selangor Chief Minister (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) to open a culture night the same day but he declined," Thanenthiran. "We tried… you can't blame us."

Najib's decision to launch the Makkal Sakti party is a milestone in Indian politics in Malaysia.
It not only suggests the increasing irrelevance of the MIC, but also sidelines the many Indian-based NGOs that claim to be offshoots of the Hindraf movement, including the yet-to-be registered Human Rights Party headed by lawyer and Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar.


Having the ear of the Prime Minister is a major boon for the Makkal Sakti Party which has asked Najib to act on three main areas of concern for the Indians.

These are turning all 543 Tamil schools into fully-aided schools, 10 per cent Indian recruitment in the civil service and at all levels and socio-economic help to uplift the Indian urban poor.
Thanenthiran said Najib told them to give him two years to act on these issues. "You all watch what I do," Najib told them, according to Thanenthiran.


The MIC for them is already irrelevant.

"We won't be here if the MIC had delivered," said A. Waythamoorthy, the former Perak Hindraf co-ordinator who is deputy president.

"If they had delivered there would not have been a Makkal Sakti movement in the first place, no 2008 tsunami and we won't form a new party," he said.

The party would also actively campaign for the Barisan Nasional in the Oct 11 Bagan Pinang by-election because leaders feel it is a BN-ruled state and another PR or independent win would not make any difference for the Indians.

"In Bagan Pinang we want to show we can bring Indian voters for the Barisan… it is an acid test for us," Thanenthiran said.





Malaysian Insider


Era Najib Altantuya : Tian Chua Dikasari, Tian Chua Didakwa

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 04:31 AM PDT

Mahkamah menetapkan 22 Oktober depan untuk memutuskan kes Ahli Parlimen Batu Tian Chua yang dituduh mencederakan polis sewaktu perhimpunan Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih) berhampiran Parlimen, dua tahun lalu.

Majistret Mohd Faizi Che Abu membuat keputusan berkenaan setelah mendengar hujah daripada pihak pendakwaan dan pembelaan di Mahkamah Majistret Jenayah 2, Kompleks Mahkamah Jalan Duta Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Tian Chua ketika ditemui di luar mahkamah berasa yakin akan kemenangan dalam kes yang telah berlanjutan sejak 11 Januari 2008.

"Kebanyakan saksi secara nyata menyaksi saya di pukul dihentam pada kepala semasa saya dipegang oleh pegawai polis.

"Bagi pihak saya saya amat yakin kalaulah mahkamah ini memandang semua bukti-bukti secara adil saya yakin saya akan diisytiharkan tidak bersalah," katanya.

Tian Chua dituduh menyebabkan kecederaan terhadap Konstabel Rosyaidi Anuar, 22 dari Bahagian Narkotik, ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur di Jalan Parlimen pada 10.45 pagi 11 Disember 2007.

Tian diwakili peguam Ranjit Singh dan Razlan Hadri Zulkifli, manakala pendakwaan diketuai oleh DPP Hanafiah Zakaria.

Beliau didakwa mengikut Seksyen 332, Kanun Keseksaan. Jika didapati bersalah, Tian boleh dihukum denda atau penjara tiga tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Tian akan kehilangan kelayakan sebagai ahli parlimen jika dipenjara melebihi setahun atau didenda melebihi RM2,000.

Tian ditangkap sewaktu perhimpunan Bersih di luar bangunan Parlimen kerana membantah pindaan perlembagaan bagi melanjutkan umur bersara pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) dari 65 kepada 66 tahun.

Tian Chua yang berkereta pada masa kejadian ditahan dan ditolak keluar dari kenderaan oleh Lans Korporal Amran sebelum diheret dari kereta tersebut oleh Konstabel Rosyaidi.

Tian semasa kejadian berada jauh dari lokasi perhimpunan Bersih. Saksi di mahkamah dan rakaman video menunjukkan Tian dikasari dan dipukul sewenangnya oleh pihak berkuasa.

Terkecuali Konstabel Rosyaidi yang mendakwa dirinya digigit Tian Chua, tidak ada saksi mahupun rakaman yang mengesahkan tuduhan tersebut.


Tian Chua turut menafikan dakwaan bahawa beliau berdolak dalih ketika menjawab soalan dari pendakwaraya.

Ahli Parlimen Batu itu berkata soalan yang dikemukakan pendakwaraya berbaur politik dan berniat jahat.

Bagaimanapun beliau memberi kerjasama ketika soalan sama diaju peguambela dengan lebih jelas dan spesifik.

"Ya memang saya pada mulanya enggan menjawab beberapa soalan berunsur politik seperti soalan yang dikemukakan bertanya sifat saya terhadap polis adakah saya seorang yang anti kerajaan?

"Pada waktu itu saya tidak mahu menjawab kerana soalan-soalan ini tidak ada kena mengena dengan pendakwaan hanya sebagai satu taktik untuk mencemarkan atau memburuk pendirian politik saya," katanya.





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Entertainment roundup (September 25, 2009)

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 12:51 AM PDT

Korean singer Suju KanginEntertainment snippets from various sources…

Japan – Nozomi Sasaki 2010 calendar preview [RCA]

Japan – Usui Yoshito, creator of popular manga Crayon Shin-chan, died in hiking accident [Japanprobe]

Japan+Korea – Joe Odagiri and Song Hye-kyo posed for Levi's Premium Collection [K-popped]

Korea – Kim Sun-ah is Japan's favourite [KC]

KoreaBoA on Nylon [Stareastasia]

Korea – Rain unveils new boyband MBLAQ [Kbites]

Korea – Super Junior's Kangin (pic) indicted for assault [KBS]

Korea+USA – Wonder Girls enjoyed a Fashion's Night Out in NYC [Popseoul]

Entertainment roundup (September 25, 2009) from YeinJee's Asian Blog


After almost twenty years of hiatus, I took time off to visit

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 03:24 AM PDT

After almost twenty years of hiatus, I took time off to visit my son who is studying in NUS. So many changes have taken place and in so many areas I saw how the City of Lion has shot past us.

Of course their transport system is without parallel. The system is so efficient, so tourist friendly, so punctual and so very convenient. No doubt one has to walk to get from one point to another point. But the positive side of it, the walking promotes a healthy heart and the public transport eliminates the need to own a car.
Everywhere at the subways, at the bus stops there's signboards with maps and bus routes, there's comfortable seats and paying transport fare is so hassle free with the ez-link card.

Despite the heavy volume of passengers there is hardly any delay. In fact one can criss cross the whole island using public transport. To see Singapore one has to take public transport. Singapore streets are mostly without jams. Anyway I was given to understand that it is very costly to own and maintain a car. In a way it is good less environmental pollution and the air is clean.

Wow, this must be something worth trumpeting.

So is this for real? I am shaking my head. I thought we really have so much to learn on managing our resources and looking towards down south to learn a thing or two on managing our transport system. We are really many steps behind Singapore in this area. How is it that we can be looked upon as a case study in managing a crisis? We cant even manage the crime rate, the train delays that my daughter faces in her daily trips to her office?

Malaysia is known for consolidating the banking, insurance and financial institutions following the 1998 currency crisis, said Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in a statement Friday.


"Harvard would also bring to attention how the country positions itself on free trade agreements with other countries and how its economic zones are poised for further foreign direct investment attractions.

"We in the alumni are proud to be associated with such a work as the study would become part of the syllabus programme and taught to thousands of international students.


This must be a joke! Oops I must say that this is a proud moment to cherish.


Cooking

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 02:13 AM PDT

It's a great day today for me. Why? I actually got myself to the bangsar wet market. There I bought some fresh meat and some dried mushrooms and a packet of curry paste. Then I head over to tmc and bought some shiitake and spinach. And I cooked a combination of fried beehoon with mushrooms and spinach and also pork curry.

I feel such a sense of achievement. And i must say that Nigella's book on How to eat was really quite inspiring in the sense that she was saying cooking is not about following one recipe after another. It is more of cooking what you like to eat and i figured that i ought to start with my favourite foods. And I like my food to be properly paired and I just think the best food combination has to be fried beehoon and curry. The taste of each mouthful is just amazing. The richness of the curry and the simplicity of the beehoon yet good enough to eat on its own. With that the impetus is naturally there to follow the sense of taste. I can visualise how my mum would cook those dishes from all those times spent watching her cook. Though I didn't get to use the exact same ingredients but the essence of the dish is ingrained in me. And i just follow through from the preparation to cooking it. I guess in a way, cooking is really a matter of mimicking an impression that is in the mind, gauging the taste that is a part of us.

I hope that with this first step, the menu for the next day and the day after that would flow seamlessly. And that somehow gives me a sense of life's purpose and my role in the connection between one generation and another. Next I want to go down the lane of my days in Monash where i would do a one pot meal essentially with chicken, mushroom and potatoes.


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