Monday, December 31, 2007

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve

I remembered last year at this same time, I was playing this song over and over again... haha.... tat's kinda embarrassing to admit to be frank. The gloomy mood, with the rain outside, the cool weather inside the apartment. Only the cup of old dependable nescafe is warm.

Found the rendition below in YouTube. Nice. Piano + voice. Nuff said.

But for the perfect rendition, you gotta hand it to the Lady, Ella Fitzgerald whose rendition remained to be my favourite ever. Take it, Ella!!!

Hope you won't thinking about the same question again. I am not. Good luck.

No Christmas for Me - How About New Year?

Courtesy from Sophia who sent me this link,

Her voice is nice and soothing. Her cover of other songs are nice too... Like the comment by one of the surfer, the voice is on par with Norah Jones and Nerina Pallot. And mind you, she composed songs too.

Enjoy and Happy New Year 2008.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

达尔文 (Darwin) - 蔡建雅 Tanya Chua

Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist. After becoming eminent among scientists for his field work and inquiries into geology, he proposed and provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from one or a few common ancestors through the process of natural selection.
But the song below, 达尔文 (Darwin) by Tanya Chua was excellently written. Using the Darwin theory as the theme for a love song is quite refreshing especially in the mushy-mushy ridden love songs from Taiwan. Hm... Now I'm now expecting more love songs written based on other scientific theory or formula? Maybe Bernoulli Principle?......

我的青春 也不是没伤痕
什么特征 人缘还是眼神

保持单身 忍不住又沉沦
人的一生 感情是旋转门

有过竞争 有过牺牲 被爱筛选过程
学会认真 学会忠诚 适者才能生存
懂得永恒 得要我们 进化成更好的人

我的青春 有时还蛮单纯
读进化论 我赞成达尔文

我的替身 已换过多少轮
我的一生 有几道旋转门

Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Assasinated

The political sky of Pakistan is getting dimmer and gloomier. Bhutto was assasinated along with at least another 20 others killed. Who did it? In such a messy potpouri of political clashes, I guess it's not easy to find out though her supporter will no doubt storming to blame Musharraf on this.
Bhutto was gone, Nawaz still uncleared. Only Musharaff left. The mess is getting more tangled up. Besides Musharaff, I guess the most restless person with this latest development will be Mr. Bush Jr. who's adamant that Musharaff is the last hope of democracy left in the murky Pakistan.
Also, I am particularly interested in our nation's politicians response on this, especially with the national TV stations full of snippets of the Pakistan and Myanmar demonstration, "Ini Bukan Budaya Kita" recently. Let's see what our own bunch say....

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Oppsss....they did it again!

Well, they can't stop doing tat can they?

I have another new inductees to the Hall of Shame of our nation's messy political stage. The timing can't be bettwe than days before Christmas is celebrated.

So, here to introduce the new inductee (drum rolls.....................), Datuk Johari Baharum, Deputy Internal Security Minister for his stunning display of his linguistic and religious ignorance in saying the following :

"Only Muslims can use the word Allah"

"Allah" is a Muslim word"

"It’s from Arabic (language)"

"We cannot let other religions use it because it will confuse people"

"We cannot allow this use of Allah in non-Muslim publications, nobody except Muslims"

"The word Allah’ is published by the Catholics. It’s not right."

"The word ‘Allah’ can only be used in the context of Islam and not any other religion"

Our Datuk Johari said those during the debacle surrounding the usage of Allah in the BM version of The Herald, a publication of the Catholic Church in Malaysia now risking its licence to be revoked by the KDN.

Points to ponder:

1. Arabic language was used in the middle east region before Islam widespread as the religion.

2. Arabian (Arab people) does not mean Muslim as Muslim does not mean Arabian as there are Chinese Muslims, Indian Muslims etc. Equating religion to a race or cultural root is never done anywhere in the world except in Malaysia.

3. Allah means God in Arabic language where Arabian Christians (if you are confused, relook point no. 2 above) used in their Arabic version of the Bible.

read more about it here.

also read an enlightening piece by Farish A. Noor, "Do Malaysian Muslims understand what 'Allah' means?"

More points to ponder:

1. I am sure now some of my readers (well..the one-hand countable lot....), especially those younger generations like me, churned out by the politicised education systems of our country will be surprised to learn some of the revelations above. What this shows us? How "enlightening" and "effective" the system are!!!

2. How desperate some of the politicians now trying to make an impact to their rakyat to remember them as the election (or erection as Zam said it.....I'm sorry as I can't stop making reference to this silliness of our politicians) is getting nearer and nearer.

3. This is formulaic as it happened before when the Bible in Iban language was banned a few years back due to the same usage of the word though the ban was lifted after objections from the Christian community.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Xmas

To everyone of you...............................

No fancy pic, no fancy write-up. Just normal plain 2 words.

And the new year is coming. Festive season is here. Explains why I made some calls and remember sudden people. Of course, the people I love will always be in my heart and mind.

Happy 2008 in advance.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

真的吗?Is It True? - 莫文蔚 Karen Mok

this is the Karen's version with the cantonese dialogue in the prelude....

this is lin you jia's version which led to the quite-fake-dramatic-crying hoo-ha in the singing reality show

离别的话我不想要 现在清楚听见
而你可以不用回答 什么都不要说
我的笑容没有快乐 是否看得出来
昏黄的天别告诉我 快下起雨了
清晨的风贴在脸上 吹乾落下的泪
一整夜的思绪难眠 等待你的回音
爱情没有太多理由 可以不用要求
但希望你明白了解 真心在这里
我真的爱你爱你 你还是走
i miss you i miss you i miss you
baby everyday i miss you
i love you i love you i love you
baby everyday i love you
不要让我懂 真的不想懂
Heard one of the contestant in some singing reality show (yup....I watched those) sang this. Karen is one of my all time favourite singer and this song is definitely one of my long list of her songs that I love. It's not a hit song in the album; her songs in the Rock Records era. Especially love the intro of the osng where she uttered some dialogue in Cantonese. Her Cantonese is so sexy and sensual.
Enjoy it here : (Be patient cox the streaming may take some time).

我好想你 I Really Miss You - 昊恩家家 Hao-En Jia-Jia

词/曲/唱 :家家


我好想你 我好爱你 你懂不懂 我想你的心情

Da La La La - 昊恩家家 Hao-En Jia-Jia

Da La La La
词/曲/唱 :家家
我享受着这一份孤寂 是你给我的一份礼
我默默接受 却也无奈的承受着 想你
这是什么 是我在哭泣 没有别的 都是你害的
请你闭上眼睛 倾听我的爱语
因为我想你 真的好想你 你在那里 这是什么东西
我想你 好想你 你在那里 请你给我一点回应
Da la la la ~~~
因为我想你 想你 想你

Creative Advertising

Creative ad placement from the insect repellent company. The image is powerful enough to tell the message even without any wordings. This is a perfect example of the strength of image over words.

Selamat Aidil Adha

Buat Muslimin dan Muslimat sekalian, Selamat Aidil Adha.

Kundasang 临老入花丛???

Dangerously pretty

Contrasting purple-blue

Bruised pitcher plant? Periuk kera lebam?

Pure in Red Secubit suci di lautan merah

Normal only Biasa aje....

The failed macro...due to the blurred focus prism of my DSLR

It's hohohoooooo Christmas time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another nice striking contrast - I mean the flower lah....

Lost Mickey and Minnie?

Mickey and Minnie sasat?

A tribute to you - you know

Sabah Tea

Never been here eventhough I drive past the entrance N times KK-SDK or vice-versa. Finally, went to have a look during the short weekend Raya holiday with my mom and sis.

The entrance

Datuk Siti Nurhaliza with her brand called CT Tea. So, CT Tea made in Sabah?

The tea plantation which I found to be slightly different from the Cameron Highland.

The drying process of the tea leaves I guess......

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

One or Two MPs do not make Malaysia (BUT ISN''T THAT ENOUGH????)

Long hiatus.

OK, some may say that this is an old-issue. Well...this happened quite some time, in fact it did happened quite sometime before it was hotly debated in the Parliament. The issue of missionary schools with statues and crosses in the school.

So, in my personal Malaysian MP Hall of Shame, there'll be two new inductees who asked the government

patung-patung hendaklah dirobohkan, salib-salib hendaklah dimusnahkan dan pengaruh-pengaruh gereja hendaklah dihentikan
(statues to be demolished, crosses to be destroyed and the churches' influence to be stopped).

the typed record

Yes, they are totally out of their mind. And to start with, I wonder do they have anything inside their tengkorak!!! And do they get any punishment for saying something so obviously discriminatory??? NO!!!!! Off the hook as usual.

And when I read the old copy (last week) of The Sunday Star, its editor was so spot on when he quoted this;

Their remarks can best be described as irresponsible and ignorant. They have no business to be MPs for the Barisan and, certainly, the leadership must consider dropping them as candidates in the next general election.

Well said, Chun Wai. Read the full article here .

So now, let's pray that in the next erection (like wat Zam said..... - it's supposed to be election to those who haven't see this), the ruling coalition will drop the followings from the candidate list for the sake of the sanctity of the August House.

1. MP Parit Sulong
2. MP Sri Gading
3. MP Jerai
4. MP Jasin
5. MP Kinabatangan


Friday, December 14, 2007

The Bomb Was Dropped

The bomb was dropped. Anwar released the remaining 6 mins of the Lingam videotape.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Thank God It's Tony...

OK, watched the 44th Golden Horse Award and like my title said, thank god it's Tony Leung. I was petrified to learn that the chances of Aaron Kwok scoring a hattrick will materialize this year after being awarded Best Actor 2 years in a row 2005 & 2006. His nomination came this year with the challenges from Tony Leung in Lust, Caution, Zhao Ben Shan in Luo Ye Gui Gen and Gurmit Singh (yes... the yellow-boot Phua Chu Kang).

I still haven't fully recover from the amounting tension waiting for that announcement hence, I need some rest before blogging abt the ceremony. (OK...OK...I know this post will make me sounded like some stupid kid who's still reading entertainment news etc etc but I dun care!!!!)

However, enough said that Tony Leung won instead of Aaron Kwok. Fuh............

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Hostage 人质 - Amei 张惠妹

人质 在这一刻得到释放
Her song from her previous album. Hauntingly touching. Nuff said.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Sun, Wind, Grassland and Ocean - A Celebration of Taiwan Aborigines Music of the Puyuma Tribe

纪晓君 (Ji Xiao Jun) I got to know her from the radio. I really forgot when I bought this but the album was released in 1999 which is my 1st year uni. So, it should be from the late night program which I always like to listen to in 988. Hmm....I think should be the DJ Ji Zan Xiong. Her voice captivated me the moment I heard the song Puyuma Homeland 故乡普悠玛 a song deeply ingrained in her Puyuma tribe root.

During my recent visit to Taiwan, Chia-Chun, my host from Taipei told me that 纪晓君 is actually Jia Jia's sister (家'家 of 昊恩家家 - featured in my previous post) !!!!!!!!!! No wonder it's not a surprise I was attracted to her voice and immediately want to look for their album, considering the fact that I only heard a few seconds of their songs during the 金曲奖 award show when they announce the nominess!!!! So, it's fated hehe.....

You can search for 纪晓君 in YouTube as well. Some live performances available.

So, now who's this uncle pulak? 陈建年 (Pur-dur, his tribal name) is actually another great singer from the Puyuma tribe and given that Puyuma tribe is a minority, even among the minority Aborigine tribes itself, 陈建年 is actually uncle of both 纪晓君 and 家'家. Like 纪晓君, I first heard the song 海洋 (Ocean)from the radio and it got me hooked to it already. The voice is so synonymous to the feeling of the song, and you can feel the ocean, the wave, the strong wind the moment the song is played. After I got the album (courtesy of Sherry who asked her sister to buy it from Taiwan - by the way, thanks Sherry cox I remember she bought the David Tao's 1st album from Taiwan for me as well cox at that time, no one knows him and his album was not released here) 乡愁 (Home Sick) really got me addicted. The song is so touching and melancholic suiting the theme itself and if you are really home alone in the foreign land, I think it's not a surprise if you find yourself shedding a tear listening to it. A little trivia is that he's actually a police. How cool is tat?

It's a great effort from the music label TCM (Taiwan Color's Music) to produce and release albums from these unique tribes in Taiwan, who's famous with their singing ability. The album by Pur-dur and HaoEnJiaJia that I owned were released by them and Bravo!!!

P/S : Aborigines in Taiwan are well known for their singing talent. Think A-Mei 张惠妹, Power Station 动力火车, Shan Feng Dian Huo 山风点伙 (Jeff, you should blog about them - remember them? 深藏不露。。。。。。), Zhang Zhen Yue 张震岳 and Landy Wen Lan 温岚 (some aborigine blood) etc...

昊恩&家家 vs Double Take

I mentioned in my previous posts on the CDs I bought from Taiwan [here] and the one that I took the pics with it as the background is the best among them all... oh yeah... even better than Tanya.

It's a group called 昊恩家家 (Hao En Jia Jia) which snatched the Best Music Performance of Group in the recent Taiwan Golden Melody Awards 金曲奖. Their album is the MUST-BUY item when I decided to visit Taiwan.

The verdict? I LOVE the album and so far, I burned a copy for my sister, Sophia (did I?) and also a treasured friend...hmm...also a few copies to be ready to pass to others. Yup, tat extend.

A search in the YouTube yielded in some very nice snippets of their performances in some Taiwan TV Variety Shows including the Kang Xi Lai Le 康熙来了 and Hei Si Hui Mei Mei as well as some launching mini shows in a bookshop, some concerts snippets and live performance in some intimate pub scene such as 女巫店。Speaking of which I have to check 女巫店 out the next time I'm in Taiwan.

Provided the link of some really nice YouTube here and enjoy.
This is from 康熙来了 and besides Hao En and Jia Jia 家家, they also featured 戴爱玲 (Dai Ai Ling) and 林凡 (Lin Fan), a funny segment indeed. 家家 did a version of "Close To You" and her low husky voice is very sexy.

All the above is their live performance in 女巫店.

This one is on Hei Shi Hui. I never really love the song 月亮代表我的心 (Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin) yup yup... I dun like overdone stuff but their "RnB"ed version is good. Well...way much better than David Tao's version in his previous albums.

Also in Hei Shi Hui where Jia Jia 家家 did 2nd vocal.

OK, why I drag Double Take here as well? I guess it's very obvious. They are very similar. I mean both are duo, with a female vocal and a male finger guitarist. And of course both 家家 and Mia Palencia have big voice and they both MESMERISED me.

Previous write-up of Double Take.

NOW MY WILDEST DREAM IS TO SEE THESE TWO GROUPS PERFORMING ON STAGE, JAMMING!!!!! Will definitely mention this to Mia's Brabon Entertainment. Maybe in next year's 2nd KK Jazz Festival?

How Malaysian Are You? From Lin Peh

I remembered last year near to the Aug 31, I took part in online quiz on Kenny Sia's website questioning how Malaysian am I and I was "found" to be as Malaysian as Michelle Yeoh.

See the following:
How Malaysian Am I? Part 2 :
How Malaysian Am I? :

Now, I found another one and since the owner of the blog mentioned that there's no kopiright wan... I copy and pasted here. Feel free to try and gauge ur Malaysian-ness.

Of course, do visit the blog here :
Owner : linpeh (is he/she from Johor...cox linpe is sooooo Singaporean)
Name of Blog : Tok 3 Tok 4 (now... is he/she Hakka/Cantonese? nice name anyway)
However, please note that the blog may contain some vulgar language or offensive pics to certain party.

How Malaysian Are You ?
If you want to know how stupid you are, go take the IQ test.
If you want to know how Emo you are, go take EQ test.
However, if you want to know how Malaysian you are, please take the following MQ test developed by Lin Peh without any kopiright wan!

The test is very simple one. Just answer the following questions and add up you score:

1. When waiting for lift:
A) You press the up button when you want to go up and down button if you want go go down (1 point)
B) You press the up button when you want to go down and down button if you want go go up (5 points)
C) You press both the buttons regardless whether you want to go up or down (10 points)

2. When the lift arrive:
A) You make sure eveyone come out already before you enter (1 point)
B) You see some peeple come out already only you enter (5 points)
C) You no fuck got peeple no peeple come out, you just bulldozer your way in like Maradona wallop the Engrand defenders.

3. On the street:
A) You walk fast fast and drive also fast fast fast (1 point)
B) You walk slow slow and drive also slow slow (5 points)
C) You walk like turtle like that but drive like Formula 1 (10 points)

4. When riding a bike:
A) You ride alone (1 point)
B) You have ONE passenger at the backseat (5 points)
C) You have your entire fucking village on your backseat like circus like that and a whole reban of ayam in the small metal basket in front, I might add(10 points)

5. Which side of the road do you drive:
A) Left (1 point)
B) Right (5 points)
C) Either side depend on what I like or maybe doing some zigzag (10 points)

6. You think Washington is:
A) Name of a president (1 point)
B) Name of a city (5 points)
C) Name of Apple (10 points)

7. You think someone with a "bin" in his name is:
A) A Terrorist (1 point)
B) A Rocker (5 points)
C) Own 30% of everything under the sky (10 points)

8. You know Mawi as:
A) Name of a place in Hawaii (1 point)
B) Name of a tribe in New Zealand (5 points)
C) Name of a rock star hahahahahahaha, maybe THE OWNER OF MAMEE MEE??? (10 points)

9. On Education:
A) You failed everything and cannot get a job (1 point)
B) You pass some, fail some and cannot get a job (5 points)
C) You scored all A and cannot get a job (10 points)

10. On Politics:
A) You love your gaoment and you vote for them ( Minus 10 points)
B) You fuck your gaoment and you vote the opposition (5 points)
C) You fuck your gaoment but still vote for them (10 points)

Please add up you score and check the following:
10 to 50 points - You don't belong to Malaysia. You shall be deported !
51 to 99 points - With some training, you can be a good Malaysian. You shall be awarded PR status.
100 points - MALAYSIA BOLEH !

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Scam - Finally

Read about the telephone scam in the papers frequently and heard from some of my friends that they receive those scam calls as well but...ok, touch wood, I haven't............

tat is until....few days ago.

Hello, can you speak Mandarin (she spoke in Mandarin)
Me : Yes.
I'm calling from ^%$ Electronic Company (still in Mandarin)
Me : du....du....du.....

HANG UP THE PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P/S : The weather is gloomy in this part of the world now. Guess the monsoon rain is on the way already. Inevitable you say? Yup. It's the same every year you say? Yup. And who am I to change it? Beware of the sun and rain, it's the great recipe for flu and related sickness.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Caning MPs?

Found this is the "sms-from-the-reader" section in The Star.

Some teenage girl students asked me why govt do not cane MPs who misbehave incl abuse of power & corruption? Any answers?

First, bravo to the student who asked the question, who defied the general perception that the youngsters now don't read or not even be bothered with the country's current affair.

2nd, express my worry to the teachers nowadays as they should be VERY well prepared to answer their students' questions. No more innocent kids like my generation.

3rd, it will be great to see those unpunished MPs for making countless shameful nuisance in the Parliament to be caned. Serves them right.

.......though it will NEVER happen.

Patrick Teoh says it right :
When surveys say nice things about the government, ministers and prime ministers are quickly quoted as saying the results show what the 'majority' want and are feeling or saying. But when it is the other way round it is almost always some Opposition or worse some Zionist scheme to discredit our wonderful majority-elected kerajaan (government in Malay). Just to clarify a bit here, I think that word comes from the root word raja which means king. Maybe now we understand why the government treats it's electors the way it does. Makes for some thinking eh?

Take la your blaardy bribes that allow you to build million Ringgit homes and send your children to schools abroad and allow your wives/husbands to shop in Paris, London, new York. Go ahead. A little bonus for you. But please make sure also la that the work you are supposed to do is done well la. Can ah? If you say can then you happy we happy everything kao tim

Like some Australian baarger told us straight in our faces already. Let's not always argue about how to cut and share the cake. Let's think about how to make the cake the biggest in the world. After all we all love records right?

For complete read also his other posts, please visit Niamah

Go read some of this ex-Radio 4 DJ rants. Also if you happen to have some spares besides buying the neverending sensational entertainment magazines or cerita seram booklets, get Off The Edge where Patrick has a column there.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Laugh Very Much Needed

Wow... nothing beats a good laugh esp when the mood is quite down lately....
Hence I found my new hero (well...he was inducted to my hall of &%$me of favourite Malaysian politicians in the company of Nazri, Bung Mokhtar and One-Eye Jasin MP) , who provided me with a big hearty wuahahahahahahahaha-esque kind of laugh. Our country's Information Minister, whom some referred to as No-Information Minister, Zainuddin's phone interview with Al-Jazeera really made me laugh like mad.
Go search YouTube and you will find the bundle of joy aplenty to choose from. Pay attention to the English used by our ex-journalist/news editor (was he?) from NST.
Happy Laughing...nuff said.

Blog worth Reading

Presenting to you the blog of Marina Mahathir, whose column in The Star never fail to keep me wanting for more...

Will search for other contributors such as Azmi Sharom, Amir Muhammad etc.... (who else?)

I will link them in my list as well.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wai Ming and Chii Lin

Let's talk about Wai Ming.......

....who hails from KK Sabah, a LaSallian. Boys of courage boys of daring...full of manliness and will...... We are sons of La Salle everyone!!!! I think those in Form 6 will certainly remember having to walk all the way (or taking a bus for those rich ones) from La Salle in Tanjung Aru to Maktab Sabah JUST to support La Salle's rugby team!!! After school hours, which was considered as extra-curricular activities!!! The girls were trained to be cheerleaders as well.... ok, no fantastic cheer team that you will see in Disney movies for those pity Form 6 gals in La Salle. LIANGMOI WAS ONE OF THEM TOO!!!!!! And Lee Wai Ming was one of the La Salle team member, the captain if I remember it well.

......and Chii Lin

.....who's going to make her debut in the Korat SEA Games after smashing her own national record just about 10 days before that. She's now training under Lim Keng Liat, another Sabahan from Sandakan who made the mark in the international arena for Malaysia.

Hm....I got a patriotic attack recently!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

New Queen of Sports

I have respect for the new queen of sports. I mean, besides Nicol David, who's undisputable as the Best Known Sports Woman of Malaysia, Wong Mew Choo IS the new sports' IT gal.

Watching her play yesterday against World No. 1, Lin Dan's sweetheart, Xie Xing Fang (which our Malaysian sports commentator irritatingly referred as Jie Sing Fang), her fighting spirit and stamina were really inspiring. She came early with full energy to knock down Xie in the 1st game 21-16 though went down tamely 21-8 in the 2nd game. Though the score showed a tame effort but her fighting spirit and never-give-up attitude were obvious and that alone earned a great deal of respect. The 3rd game was more thrilling with the scores keep tailing up each other but Mew Choo deserved the win with her stunning display of rally and sharp drop, not forgetting to mention some excellent net-play.

I was the usual me, watching sports game and supported (errr.....actually shouted) Mew Choo (again, the commentator annoying calling her Mei Choo). I broke the stool while jumping on it

my embarassing damage to the stool

Too bad her sweetheart, our Nation No. 1 Lee Chong Wei couldn't make it a double for us, also for them. But it's kinda like a consolation for Bao Chun Lai who was dubbed as "Qian Nian Lao Er/The Thousand No. 2", always playing as the second fiddle to Lin Dan.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Never Let Your Car Door Unlocked While Stopping

Sent my mom to town and while waiting for her, I double park in the Jalan Gudang area in Sandakan and the area was busy as usual.
Suddenly, a middle-aged man came to my seat window and greeted me with a big smile. I don't know him. He started to said a lot of things and asking about my father and how is he doing....
A : Tak kenal saya ke? Bapak masih kerja sana kah? (Can't recognize me? Your father still work there?)
I was blurred and didn't recognize who he was. At that time, I let my window down a bit, trying to hear clearer what he said.
A : Beritahu bapak, saya takde kerja kat MPS sudah. Sekarang kerja kat JPJ. Lain kali ada saman, bawak bagi saya settle. (Tell your father I'm not working in MPS-municipal hall. Now I'm in JPJ-road trasnport department. Next time, any summon tickets, give me, I can help to settle)
I was even more blurred. However, my suspicion started to building momentum.
A : Nama saya Awang. Bagi tahu bapak, lain kali ada saman, saya boleh settle. (My name is Awang. Tell your father I can settle your summon ticket next time.)
After this, he left but about 10 steps away, he turned back and said,
A : Bapak ada nombor saya? Nah... tulis ini....(Your father has my number? Come on, write this down...)
He walked to the passenger front door and I quickly LOCKED the door.
CK : Takpa, you cakap, I masuk telefon. (It's OK, you say, I enter into the phone)
A : (uttered some number)
He walked away after that and about 10 steps again, he came back to my window and said this,
A : Ada duit kah? Saya habis minyak, lupa bawak dompet. Bagi duit isi minyak sikit. (You have money? My tank is empty, forgot to bring my wallet. Give me some money to fill the tank)
NOW HE SHOWED THE TRUE COLOR As suspected, he didn't know my father or what-so-ever and he just want money. Of course I ignore him and he left after that.
This is not the climax of the story. When I fetch my mom back and told her the incident, she asked me to describe him and she said the same man did the same thing to her few years ago and he even managed to get inside the passenger front seat (my mom drives a school bus, normally not locked at all). Fortunately it was at the petrol station where my mom filled her tank and he left the car when my mom threatened to shout.
So, to ppl of Sandakan, next time if there's a middle-aged man, quite short and plump come approach you in your car, IGNORE HIM AND DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR!!!!
P/S : It's a pity cox he still use the same tactics for a few years. However, the fact that he's still using it means that the tactics works~sigh....

Pride and Shame

Written quite a few post on how proud I am of Patricia who hailed from the same state as mine, Sabah and her achievement. However, there're a lot of ppl out there who's actually shaming the state and the country.

For example recently a MP said this, "Yes, we can see a tunnel (terowong) in her skirt"
and when he did apologize for his degrading remark, he further explain, "He said he only meant it as a joke as he was not referring to any body parts of a woman. He added that the "terowong" he meant was the gap between the stewardess' skirt and legs"

To me, the explanation is just like "menegakkan benang yang basah". Did he really think that we will believe him? Though sad to say, the people in his constitution does believe him.

Oh, mind you, this comes from a MP who's chairing the General Assembly of the biggest political party in the nation. And no wonder the other MPs such as the previous one from my homestate MP "Bocor" and MP'"Tutup Sebelah Mata / Close-One-Eye" still harassing the sancitity of the parliament.

Enough with the shame stuff, another great achievement by another Sabah-born who's an elected senator, the first Asian-born to sit in the Australian parliament. Looks like she's on Kevin Rudd's opposition side, who's set to take down Howard in the coming election.

The Court Case - Long Long Time Ago

I remembered reading something about sensitivity nowadays in our so-called multicultural society nowadays somewhere in Star; the writer Wong Sai-Wan and Marina Mahathir both delved on this issue before. According to them, who has lived longer than me, comparing to the early days of Malaysia days, people are not as sensitive.

Why I brought up this sensitive issue? It's because if the story I'm gonna tell soon happened now, it will be made into some big brohuha. OK, the story is like this......

This new classmate of ours, let's call him K befriends both R and S where one of them is actually Muslim. K is naughty and in a way or other managed to con both of them to eat the food he brought from home, which contain meat that was prohibited. When R realized that, he complained to Teacher J. ( And yes......I was destined to write this post because I bumped into Teacher J just now, like 30 mins before this in Giant. ) Teacher J decided to practise his creative teaching method and set-up a court to trial the case!!! And I still remember he elected a judge and 2 lawyers, both the prosecutor and accused (thanks for the legal advice). Liangmoi was actually one of the lawyer and the other was FPL. The judge was Leslie (well... if you guys still remember her... the runner). I forgot how the case went but I remember what Teacher J said as the conclusion, "Memandangkan kes ini tidak dapat diselesaikan di mahkamah rendah, maka Cikgu akan membawa kes ini ke mahkamah tinggi (jumpa guru besar)" translated as "Since this case cannot be solved by this court, I will bring it to the Higher Court (which in this case, the headmaster).

Well, K was definitely guilty and should be punished. But what I want to bring up is that pulling pranks was one of the things schoolkids do a lot and sometime it didn't do anything to harm the friendship among them. Of course I don't know where're R and S now but I'm sure if K saw them and recognize them, they may remember this old case and smiled about it.

Like Marina and Sai Wan said before, we have to learn to laugh at ourselves sometimes.

P/S : I dunno what's the verdict of the Higher Court. If K is reading this, do drop some lights please.

The Gal Who Made Sandakan Proud.......

Alan really searched every corner for Patricia's picture and the latest one is with her family during some award ceremony I supposed.

Here's the pic:

On the far left is Augustine and far right is Ignatius, with parents, I presume.

Bravo Patricia!!!


Inspired by Alan's search of Coolie Sink's stuff on the internet, I did the same and found that this blog of mine was linked in Lluis Coloma's website, mainly on my write-up for the 2nd Miri International Jazz Festival. No wonder one of my friend said the same as well after self search on internet.

Here's their link on the page : You can click on atanck for my write-up.

Thanks Lluis Coloma. I can only listen to your albums now.... luckily I bought 2 of them.

Movie Re-cap

Watched quite a few movies in the past two weeks, courtesy of boring hotel TV channels and the need to clear the unwatched gems in my collections, or rather those lent by my best mate, Sherry.
1. Joy Luck Club
Adapted from the book of Amy Tan of the same name, watched now after more than 10 years from its release date really do no justice to it. Apart from the unknown actors except Ming-Na Wen and Russell Wong (maybe not known to you guys as well....), all the actressess were unknown, at least to us in this part of the world. The acting was stiff and the story line seems to be faithfully faithfully based on the book. Not a flick I enjoy and personally I don't think it will stand the test of time.

2. Central Station
Helmed by the talented Brazillian director, Walter Salles, who gave us The Motorcycle Diaries and Paris, Je'Taime in the later days, this movie featured the very talented Fernando Montenegro who was nominated in the 1998 Oscar as the rare non-American/British actress honored in the category. Her portrayal of the old woman who's not entirely angelic in her way of life really caught attention, naturally and non-actingly. The little kid in the movie also is the charming factor shining throughout the whole movie. Can be treated as a road-movie with a twist and deserved any attention and time spent. Some even wonder why it lost out to La Vita e Bella in the same year!!! Highly recommended though Sherry complained that it was a tad slow.

3. Manchurian Candidate

Great acting chop from a commendable castings consists of Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Jeffrey Wright and Liev Schreiber with fleshed out character managed to turn this remake into a commendable thriller. Greatly relevent especially with the gulf war and etc hot on the plate.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Captain Yapp and the Flying Sing

Haha.... seems Alan caught the bug and only now I know she held a special place in his heart. Good luck Patricia. Of course it's really a proud moment for her and her family. Seriously, I think our alma mater Sung Siew should really get hold of her when she's back to Sandakan to motivate our students who's drowned in endless homeworks and tuition and forgot about the fun and other learning activities while in school.

Speaking of flying sing, who in 5D Class of 96 can forget his famous act that catapulted him to the peak of his fame defying the dominatrix grip of the You-Know-Who(YKW) in SS that time. (I shall not name him as I dun think I'm qualified to, as I never enrol to his tuition class) His cool cat answer of astro-travelling spared the class some laugh and indeed YKW himself was impressed as well. The remaining normally gruelling hours of the subject in lab was filled with some unanswered questions and lingering awe as Flying Sing enchanted us with his mini-lecture on astro travelling with big bombastic words such as "out of the host", "state of mind" and dozens more that eluded my memory as I can't even spell the words, let alone understand the theory or explanations behind them. I forgot how his mini-lecture ended but Flying Sing was spared of the punishment, which ranges from the usual standing during the whole period, standing in the middle of the basketball field, which YKW used to describe as "jaga gelanggang" and made us all squirmed in silent laughter.

Also came back in my memory is another famous incident happened to Flying Sing when he first came to Sandakan and enrolled in Sung Siew Primary School. He was the new-boy and as the tough-guy kid he was, he refused to pay the insurance when Cikgu Anna or Cikgu Jumain (was it Std 3 that time or Std 5?.... I remember it's that classroom though....) collect the RM5 insurance.

He cool-catly answered "Saya boleh jaga diri sendiri" (I can take care of myself)

During recess time on that day itself, he famously fell down in the car park after unsuccessfully jumping over the steel chain in the car park at the back of our school. IMMEDIATELY that day. I wonder how many of the 90' Class 5 Merah still remember that incident...
Of course, his signature act or "doi biu zok" is somewhere edging along the sensitive lines during Std 5 times as well when he introduced prohibited meat to our other classmates..... but maybe that will be another story in another post.... And also his kungfu stunts during secondary school and uni years...maybe that one leave it to Alan to be the storyteller...
P/S : Didn't see Flying Sing for quite some years already and hope he's doing well.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Taiwan - Transport Galore

How many type of transport you use during a travel??? This Taiwan trip, I used these:

1. Airplane (courtesy of MAS Matta Fair)
Took about 3 hours from KK to Taipei. Normal 737 only. No leg-space!!!

2. High Speed Railway
Shinkansen-like. A costly way to travel. RM100plus from Taipei to Chiayi.

3. Train
Took this slow yet dependable (it's punctual in Taiwan, not KTM) from Taipei to Ruifang enroute to JiuFen. Also to Hualien enroute to Taroko Gorge.

4. Bus
From Chiayi to Alishan, due to the railway damage in Alishan, took this instead. So disappointed!!! Took the city bus in Taipei as well, RM1.20 for most of the intra-city ride.

5. Taxi
Reasonably priced in Taipei and majority of the driver knows the importance of good service attitude and never been refused, unlike in KL, "Jam lah...", "Tak pi sana lah" and dozens of excuses.

6. Boat
Roaming around the Sun Moon Lake, enjoying the magnificent sunset.

7. Van (Hyundai)
5am in the morning in Alishan to watch the sunrise and then took another one that brought us from Alishan to Sun Moon Lake.

8. MRT
MRT rules in Taipei just like it did in Singapore though I can't say the same for its brother in KL.

9. Motorcycle
This was the highlight of my Taiwan trip in which we drove a motorcycle from Hualien to Taroko Gorge all by ourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!! License???? Err........the weather was nice :)

10.Walking on Foot
Of course who can dispute that the best way to travel is by foot. Walk and walk and walk... you will find the unexpected.

Oct 22 - Taiwan, Here I Come!!!!!!!!!!!

Taiwan airport basically has nothing to boast about, unlike our very own KLIA who's the architecture marvel in the middle of oil palm estate or the Suvarnabumi Bangkok who's having a game of spotting where's the leak... it's plain and simple. But for someone who arrived about 10plus at night, all I'm asking for is an airport that is not that big to minimize walking. Direction-wise is perfectly OK since I understand Chinese.
First night will be staying in Taipei House, a hostel which is not a very good choice as I stayed in much better hostel before. The area the hostel is located is quiet, Songshan Rd, which has quite a number of foreigners staying around as it's quite near to a lot of foreign language school. Hence the hostel is full of foreigners. Get better hostel if you have time and budget.
Finding the hostel was interesting enough. The alley where the hostel is lurking deep inside comes with the CCTV-ed street light. What's that? It comes with some sensor which will light up the light once it detected human (by movement???) and I was left in awe. I mean I was immediately letting off my guard a little bit though the area is extremely quiet.

So where's the next stop you ask? Well... MAS did provide meal but that was not enough for youngsters like us haha.... So we went to the ever-dependable McD for late night supper about 11pm plus. The McD as usual is the brightly-lit place with aircond with its staple meals. Late-night worker and some uncle/aunties were sleeping in the particular McD joint we went. Maybe I should save the money staying in that Taipei House and tumpang in McD instead. Youngster holding pen and book and each-other's hand on the other were still having meal cum studying (oh ye ke tu?) in the wee small hour of the morning.

The meals ordered. McD, the best fries among all!!! :)

Tak sangka my first meal in Taiwan was McD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cintailah Malaysia time : It's becoming a habit due to the nature of work, I always look at the packaging of the goods and I found out that the tomato sauce sachet in Taiwan McD was indeed made in Malaysia!!! Subang to be exact.

Bravo Patricia - Errmmm.... Sandakan Boleh!!!

The snippets below is from the Sunday Star 18th Nov 2007. (The title with the errmmm..... didn't mean to doubt Patricia's achievement but merely the writer's hesitation to succumb to the cliche-used-to-death mantra of the self-fulfilling-prophecy-esque nature of, ignore the internal dilemma of him)

KOTA KINABALU: A Sabahan’s quest to become the nation’s first female astronaut is getting the backing of women’s groups in the state.
They are certain that RMAF pilot Kapt Patricia Yapp Syau Yin will do the country proud if she achieves her space travel dream.
They said Kapt Yapp, one of the nation’s first female MiG-29 fighter pilots, had the “right stuff” to become an astronaut and hoped that she would be given a chance, just like the country’s first Angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.
Kapt Yapp, 30, who won the Ratu Inspirasi contest on TV3 recently, said she hoped to become Malaysia’s first woman astronaut.
She said the country’s recent success in sending the first Malaysian into space had opened the eyes of many people, including herself, and she hoped to continue that success.

Salute to Patricia who had made it to become the first female MiG-29 fighter pilot though I am not convinced that being the first female Malaysian space tourist will do anything to enhance her credit or achievement.

Why I posted her here? She's actually from Sandakan, yes... the tiny hometown of mine plagued by power disruption endlessly. And yes, she's from my alma mater as well... SM Sung Siew!!! I seriously think the school now needs to find more information about her and let her be the school model for the students.

I remembered her as my senior and also my superior during the Majlis Pengawas time... She was the Ketua Pengawas (HP-Head Prefect) under the supervision of Mr. Michael Tan, who's the Guru Disiplin. She's the Head Prefect for the whole school and that time I was one of the small-prawn under her in-charging of the afternoon session, i.e. Remove Class-Form 2, together with Gavin, Rowena and gang. Her trademark is her big friendly smile constantly plastered on her face. Below is the picture of her in the Star....

Well... I'm wondering should I dig out her old picture from the school magazine but fear that it will be violating her privacy. Anyway, proud of you Patricia!!!

Further reading.....

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Couch Surfing (CS) and Hospitality Club (HC) Friends V

Introducing............ ChiaChun. A great CS member in Taipei. Stayed at her place in Taipei for 2 nights and chatted for quite a while as well hehe... even though I think she was tired after work. Thanks my fren!!!

And because of her, I the chance to use iPhone for the first time!!!!! Tried it with my own hands the gung-ho flipping action on the touch screen. Well, she made me promised not to write anything on iPhone in her CS Profile and yes... I kept that promise but I couldn't help but mention it here though... still keeping my promise right fren?

She's friendly and helpful and full of funny and interesting stories about her travel and I would love to hear more from her. Her work is interesting as well and we shared the love of books. She recommended me the nice library in Beitou. Though I just passed by the library in the bus but the building from outside totally amazed me especially its natural light glass window design. Read that it even snatched the Best Design award in the newspaper when I'm still in Taiwan. She's a great friend and definitely welcomed here in Sabah!!! Oh yeah... will definitely ask her to roam the bookstore in Taipei next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Couch Surfing!!! Hope to hear more stories from you my friend!!!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Oct 22 - Onset to My Taiwan Trip

KK airport is always the best in terms of location. Nearby to the city itself and also the offer of breathtaking sunset view are some of the reasons to justify that.
Taken while waiting in the departure hall to Taipei....

Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Mission - liangmoi

As usual, all of liangmoi's friends will not be spared from being given a list of CDs or DVDs to purchase on her behalf and I, being labeled as the DHL of course is on-the-mission again.
The list as followed :
1. Eason Chan - What's Going On...?
2. Nicky Lee 李玖哲 - 想太多
3. Monkey Majik - 天马行空
4. Tackey & Tsubasa - Greatest Hits
5. Soler - 2x
6. 罗美玲 - 我是罗美玲
7. 藤木直人 - Turning Note
8. 盛夏光年 (DVD)
Of course the list is not that short but I only buy selectively for her. Well... some of the album she listed, I'm never gonna buy for her!!! e.g. Vic Zhou's - Aku Bukan F4, never ever. Sorry Vic's fans out there.... Furthermore, that album can be bought in Malaysia kan?

CK's shopping in Taipei

The albums I bought.

Tizzy Bac

One of my favourite singer : Bobby Chen 陈升 - 丽江的春天 Summer in Li-Jiang

这位太太 - 是谁

蔡健雅 - Hello and Goodbye

Note that all the photos above taken with another album as background and it is the best album I bought this time, after having searching for their album unsuccessfully, rightfully deserve an individual post dedicated to it.

Friday, November 02, 2007

I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They said happy times fly fast!!! And indeed, it is....

Ended my trip to Taiwan and it's a GREAT one. Will definitely blog it but this old set of bones needed some rejuvenation and rest, also to sort out some photos to blog about...

Anyway, I'm back.... and great to blog again haha...........

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tiring Week

Tiring yet an enjoyable weekend...........

(up and coming featuring great friends during Elena's wedding)

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Nobel Peace Prize goes to........... drum rolls.....

Al Gore!!!!!!!!!!!! (and the UN Climate Change Panel, who's not omitted intentionally in the original version of this post)

What??? I mean our "great" Tun Mahathir lost to the ex-Vice President of US??? What????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

OK, does that make me sound patriotic enough of defending our ex-Premier who was one of the 181 nominees of the coveted Nobel Prize of Peace??? I thought that should be the response isn't it??? I mean, we always make a big hoo-ha if something Malaysian-related didn't go our way. Also how much we like to relate other's success or fame if there's a single teeny-weeny relation to Bolehland? Remember the Miss Georgia in Miss USA contest some time ago? Or the Australian Idol, something Sebastian?

But I guess since Tun M is not such a great supporter of the government when he criticize the government policies lately, my action above would not generate the patriotism aura around me. I should try another way then.

By the way, hope Tun M recover soon...

And to Mr. Gore, bravo and it shows that you dun have to be bothered that much about the betrayal of the Florida election results.

YOU WON AN OSCAR AND A NOBEL PRIZE MAN!!!! Nothing beats that, I say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To Mr. Bush Jr. : This maybe the inconvenient truth (pun intended) that may hurt you so much but I guess that's the price you need to pay.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

It's Ours, NOOOOOOOOO, it's OURS!!!!!!!!

Recently, an Indonesian politician claimed ownership of the song Rasa Sayang and since we are using the song as a campaign lately, we have to pay royalty.

Hm....also read somewhere that another Indian politician claimed ownership of the Bhagwad Gita epic stories as well and since we have a localized version of the Mahabharata epic in the form of Hikayat Pandawan Lima, do we need to pay royalty as well when Mahabharata is claimed?

Reminded me also of the case of South Korean's United Nation World Heritage status of the Dumpling Festival (Duan Wu Jie) which sparked online objection from the mainland China's internet users.

So, siapa punya? Or it will be, HEI, ITU XXXXXX KITA PUNYA ALSO LAH!!!! Bolehlah kan!

I want to be sponsored a tourist.

OK, if other people got sponsored for being a tourist and got his/her place plastered everywhere and DEFINITELY mentioned in the Bolehland Book of Records for 200mil, I wonder can I get the chance also? Oh, no! I guess not, cox practically, I'm not eligible.

But I can argue I also can do a lot of experiment up there! I mean, I have a full 6 credit hours of lab work in our extremely well equipped lab during my undergraduate years to justify that request. Also the ability to make-do with the improvisations of methods or procedures to accomodate the damaged/faulty lab equipments (oh... did I contradict myself cox I just mentioned how well-equipped was the lab). So, bring it on, whether to challenge the physics law or conduct experiments that will result in us winning the coveted Nobel Prize in whatever field, I can do it. I dun mind undergoing the tough and gruelling fitness program as I seriously needing that to curb the expansion project of my waist line. I dun mind braving the cold and loneliness in Russia preparing for the mega-project to fly our Jalur Gemilang in the space together with the other 2 tourists who purportedly pay less than me but never mind cox we have money cox we are now developed country already and we love premium seats. I can lament on and on about that but I can't help thinking about the whole angkasawan thingy though I had been avoiding reading the news covering the story these few days in the papers.

I was having a cup of teh tarik (how can they scrap the idea of making teh tarik in the space, which for SURE will be the only record unbroken in the Guiness World Record???) in Restoran Amboi and there was a live telecast over the national TV stations. I was not aware of the whole brouhaha until the loud commentator shouted MALAYSIAKU....... GEMILANG (reciprocated by the crowd at the event). Hmm.... I think at this point of time, I will be labeled as not patriotic. I looked patron, table next to me who shouted in unison with the TV; he finished his puff of cigarette after without fail exhaling the 2nd-hand smoke to his vicinity and nonchalantly threw the cig butt to the drain in front of the restaurant. So, should I say....Amboi, patriotiknya???

Dr. Space Tourist, wish you have a safe trip. Our nation need a hero and we find that in you.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Couch Surfing and Hospitality Club Promo

"if you can´t go travelling, make the travelling experience come to you"

Welcome Back to Sandakan, CK

Though I had moved my base back to Sandakan, the fact had not hit me that hard yet. The real pang of truth occurred last Sunday when I arrived in the evening time about 6pm and found out that there was POWER DISRUPTION. For my beloved Sabahans, this may not come as any surprise, especially those from Sandakan.

So, bring it on... But what irritated me is that this is not "FULL" power disruption, which means that there were some houses in my neighbourhood had power supply while some pity ones such as my house get nothing at all!!

While I was struggling to find my torchlight in the dark (darn... where did I put it???), my neighbour few houses away was blaring Lee Mao Shan to the full volume (ok, maybe not full volume cox in the silence of no power supply, it may appears to be very loud). As if that's not enough, she decided to enchant the whole neighbourhood with her horrifying version of Teresa Teng's classic.

Thank God the power came back soon after that. With the fans starting to cool off the air in the stuffy space, I said thank you, for the welcome gesture of my beloved hometown Sandakan.

P/S : Extended welcome to Alan de Great who's back with her gal and maybe having konlou mee in Sibuga market though I seriously doubted it since it's only 757am now.

Monday, October 01, 2007


Do you know why Mat Saleh's award ceremonies audience seats always full, never empty? Because they have people paid to dress nicely to sit on the seats the guest left; whether it's going to restroom or getting a puff, or receiving an awards for that matter. They are fillers, whose job is to make things looked full.
So, this post serves as the same function; to make this blog seems to be maintained regularly by its owner, oh... it's yours truly here.
Having said that, I don't want to be filler in anyone's life and vice-versa; even if it's not full. But I guess it's different when it came to completing someone's life right? Haha.... filler post turned into babbling post. Adios.