Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Quoting the concluding remark in the interesting article by John Rosenthal as mentioned in my previous posts,
It would be a shame if concern for global warming persuaded people to stop traveling. Those who visit the Grand Canyon, Iguazu Falls or Ngoro Ngoro Crater can’t help but be awed by what Mother Nature has created, and wonder at humankind’s place in it all. Nothing has inspired me to act locally more than my own first-hand experiences in the glaciers of Patagonia and the cloud forests of Costa Rica. But we do need to remember the environmental costs of travel as well as the personally enriching benefits.
Even visiting man-made treasures like the Great Wall, the Sistine Chapel or the Pyramids of Egypt reminds us that we are merely the current tenants of this planet. Humankind has made tremendous efforts to preserve these pinnacles of human achievement for future generations to witness. The planet itself deserves nothing less.
|You Belong in Amsterdam|
Sunday, July 29, 2007
St. Mark's Square
Malaysia is well known for its bowling squad and we have many players who made it in the international arena and now the planning is to let them compete in professional circuit in Europe and the managed to clinch some coveted title. So do you bowl?
I remembered when I was still studying in La Salle in Form 6, one of the highlight of the boarding life is that we get weekend holiday every fortnight. Besides that, every Friday is also a heaven for us as we normally take bus, the pink-mini bus from the Rumah Pangsa to Centre Point in KK and the usual activities are either watch movie or bowling (or for the nerdy me... go to public library and window-shopping in CD stores... remember the sliding door CD store in Kg. Air anyone????).
The usual suspect who's always bowl are Cikgu W and liangmoi and of course the sound-system Lai. The others are going for movies, tingtongdiam (amusement centre) or busy paktoh.
And the old bowling alley in Sdk was recently revived its operation after the cinema next to it was reopened and it becomes a hub for some activities there. A restaurant was in operation, Le Champ? The bowling alley was called Champion Bowling or something... betul kah? The only qualm I had is the score board was not working and the scoring was done manually on a piece of paper on a clip board!!!!!!!!!!!!! How turn off it is right??? Well... we played still.....
This was the 1st time I played with liangmoi there and you can see the scores were pathetic. We were barely hitting 90 points and liangmoi even................. 2 times.............. hahha........ Sorry liangmoi for spoiling ur reputations here......
This one was the latest, dated 27th July 2007. As you can see, the score of me and liangmoi has improved but the star is definitely Cikgu W. He hasn't playing for the last 10 years and his points are consistently exceeding 100 points!!! Well, I made my record as well cox I never bowled high points like 142 that I got. I got 2 consecutive strikes though missed the chance of getting a turkey but a spare after that is not that bad huh? I'm not a skillful player so I'm very much contented with this score, which explained why I got a low 89 the 2nd game!!!! Haha.... speaking of consistency huh?
2. 你说有个女孩 (You Said There's A Girl)
Liangmoi's favourite. The smooth arrangement is very similar as his previous songs but the you can sense that the heavy sound had been toned down and replacing it is some nice vibe.
3. 路口 (Junction)
Sophia's favourite. Hmm.... tis gal had some change in taste I guess. The lyrics are nice but a surprise phrase which is vulgar to some innocent ears haha.... This is kinda a departure from his style which in his previous albums, he used to utter some profanities. The vulgar phrase he used in this song is actually not tat bad to me but maybe to other ppl. You may not notice it even cox it's embedded slickly in the lyrics.
4. 孤獨的夜哨 (Lonely Night at the Sentry Post)
this is another post itself. love the song.
5. 再见 (Goodbye)
I think this is an old song but without the lyrics book with me, I can't really confirm this. The whole song has the 70's Mandarin folk song 民歌 feel with it. If I didn't listen to this is ah-yue's album, I would think that it's some songs from 锦绣二重唱 or something like that.
Ah yue did another version of this song as well, the 11th track of the album which is slower and more 深情.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
See... it's not that bad after all. The clouds are just the way I like it.
Even it's drizzling or raining heavily, there's some blessing along the way. Nothing can stop good things from happening. Raining? No problem, the VIVA in front still keep going to get the bride for the groom in Kundasang. Happiness still rules. God bless.
Monday, July 23, 2007
China is flooding again. The Three Gorges Dam has to be opened its 18 gates to release the water which reached the danger level.
UK is flooded as well with area Southern London were seriously affected. The Glouchestershire area where my company's HQ's located is one of them.
The final 7th book of the Potter series draw so much attention as expected. I had no interest of elaborating more on the mania-related events around the world with its launch on July 21, which I celebrate the much-awaited D-day for the fate of Potter by watching one of the spin-off franchise, the movie adaptation of the 5th instalment, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix.
My 2-cents worth of opinion:
1. Imelda Staunton is excellent as the veteran-Elle Wood in pinkish ensemble with annoying chuckles ending every sentences she said.
2. Evanna Lynch's Luna Goodwill is excellent. She's the dramatised dark version of the comedic run of Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe in Friends. Works for me. Potter should go for her instead.
3. Cho Chang is the weakest link.
4. No complaints about the movie, entertaining.
5. Didn't read the book as I stopped after the Goblet of Fire. No comparison can be drawn.
6. Ron and Hermione get lesser screen time. Good or bad? I don't mind indeed when they have to share with Imelda and Evanna or other teachers, or Neville for that matter.
7. Brits actors are skilled lot of thespians around and the British accent sounds sexy ever.
8. Emma Thompson's nearly unrecognizable character is again, less prominent.
9. I admit I kinda waiting for the 6th hehe....
Have to mention about the recent hoo-ha about the decision of the 3 main bookstores in Malaysia to draw back the final series from the shelves after Tesco and Carrefour selling the book at a whoopping RM40 LESS than the retail price of the bookstores. The hypermarkets can do that to attract shoppers cox books are definitely not the item they wanted to sell or gain profit from that, even suffering loss on the books. Marketing strategy hard to be disputed I would say. As for the consumer, of course they want cheaper price and all this hoo-ha finally made everything transparent such as how much mark-up the bookstores were imposing and one can imagine the profit generated from all this. However, one has to be fair to the bookstores as well as they organized lots of activities to go along with the final book, as I got invited to the launch Potter party as well, as a member of the bookstore chain here in KK (of course got canceled). On the other hand, consumers had been complaining about the high price of the book made the effort to inculcate reading habit getting tougher amidst all the other form of leisure activities nowadays. Just like "grandpa has grandpa's logic, grandma has grandma's reason" 公说公有理， 婆说婆有理
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Quoting the Alliance Memorandum to the Reid Commission on Sept 27, 1956 that said, "The religion of Malaysia shall be Islam. The observance of this principle shall not impose any disability on non-Muslim nationals professing and practising their own religion, and shall not imply the State is not a secular state"
My own interpretation is that we are secular nation.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Monday used to be dreaded by me. Now it's a reminder for me of a wonderful weekend I had and also a motivator for me to look forward to the coming weekend, which in this case I am sure that it will be a fantastic one!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Standing (l-r) : Emily, Bernard, Yee Yin, Mavis, Megan, Esther
As part of the searching campaign for the 2008 La Sallian Form 6 reunion, we are tracking down some of the "long lost" La Sallians. We are not the first one to meet with Jing Wen this year as Erin did that couple of times but since it's my first meeting with him after "discovering" in Merotai about 4-5 years ago, I decided to post about our meeting with him.
Sophia and me take the opportunity to meet him during our outstation trip in Tawau and we were so grateful that Jing Wen (JW) took the trouble to meet with us. He had to take a bus from his working place in Merotai and stay a night in Tawau before taking early bus to go back to his work place again. We were so paiseh as we didn't know it will take him such a hassle to meet with us.
Jing Wen and me
We had dinner in a nice place called Pumpkin Cafe (thanks B for the direction) and the place served nice porridge and yu shang @ raw fish though it's not available on that day. Had a nice conversation with JW and updated about each other's latest news. It's great to meet up with some old classmates and friends. We managed to get some contacts of previous classmates from JW so I guess there'll be other La Sallian featured soon.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
taken in 2006 sutera harbour sunset run
Hmm.... would be nice to watch the sunset and KK is definitely blessed with lots of places to watch the sunset, the Tg. Aru beach, the Anjung Senja, the Bukit Padang peak. Will definitely watch it all one day B.