Thursday, May 28, 2009

Madeleine Peyroux - Half The Perfect World

Bought in HK. It's a great album by the US chanteuse. I'm impressed that they have her album in HK Records. Bought in Hoi Gong Sing.

The MV for the 1st single of the album I'm All Right

It's Zee Avi

A great musician from Miri, Sarawak. Has an album cut out. Dubbed as the female Jack Johnson, who signed her to his record company.

No More Death Please???

The EC (Election Commission) Chief said : "I hope that there will be no more deaths of elected representatives." (what???)

and more...."We never question deaths, we never go to their houses (the deceased politicians) to check or ask their families whether they are really dead," he added. (is that EC's job as well???)

wait for more...... He also revealed that the EC spends about RM400,000 for every by-election. And to make matters worse, he revealed that Manek Urai does not even have a KFC outlet. (so....EC staff can only work in places with the existence of KFC??? and also it will be interesting to know how they spend the RM400,000.00 as well!!!!!!)

Seriously, I think Abdul Aziz is trying to catch up with the "reputation" of his predecessor, famed for his "urgently-amended-constitution" stint extension as EC Chief and not to forget the fiasco about the indelible ink. With his performance so far I bet he will come up with more interesting news in the near future.

This whole thing should not be surprising though it couldn't be helped that it did boil my blood a bit. Just like the attitude of the little Napoleons in the civil service and the PRDM who's recently on the tangkap rampage, they act as if we were still in the feudal times and they're the master (well....a very much sizable of the population thinks so.... I mean the slave as well). These little Napoleons get satisfaction by delaying your urgent need, or maybe just enjoying looking at your desperate face short of begging them but they don't realize that they're being cursed silently and if there's any karma being observed, payback time is surely guaranteed.

I seriously think the country is in constitutional crisis now. We have PRDM who's having Ops Tangkap dan Lepas without giving the hoot about the basic rights of getting legal representations, not to say to arrest the lawyers themselves. We have the judiciary in confidence crisis due to the famous tape of Correct, Correct, Correct and no actions were taken to prosecute or even investigate the case and the judiciary now is getting itself involved in legislative matter of constitutional importance.

I wish it's just the 1st phase of the bungee jump where the subject is heading to a free-fall but with all the baggages of the parties involved in the whole destruction of the nation now, I think we can just pray and do whatever we can in our capacity.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Can We Stop The Lift?

I like to rewatch the good movies or series that I love. Having Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Will & Grace in re-run I am moving to Grey's Anatomy now.
One of the episodes in 2nd Season featured a train-wreck and there were two people stuck together with a pole "stabbed" them facing each other. The surgeons had to choose to sacrifice one of them in order to save the other. After the touching and sad yet heartbreaking decision ordeal, they managed to save one of them.
After telling the family of the dead patient, there was a scene with Dr. Derek Shepherd and Dr. Miranda Bailey together in the lift. Both of them were sad and Shepherd was too devastated and at the verge of breakdown. Bailey pressed the button to stop the lift. She allowed Shepherd to weep and asked him when she want to undo the stop button.
It's a simple yet effective scene which I think Bailey is great, a marvellous performance from Chandra Wilson (Give her a damn Emmy Awards, man!!!!! She's been nominated for three consecutive years!!!! 2006-08!!!!)
And well.... isn't it good to have the stop button pressed once in a while??? And we do need that sometimes.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Shirley Kwan 性格关淑怡

L to R :
心灵相通 新歌+精选 (1997) RM4.00
MY WAY (1994)
世途上 新歌+精选 (1995) RM2.00
PolyGram Records (OMG.... anyone remember this record company???)

陈升 Bobby Chen

L to R :
1. 恨情歌 (1995)
2. 风筝 (1994)
3. 六月 (1997)

Another Unique Voice : Mandarin Female

齐豫 - 骆驼。飞鸟。鱼 (1997)
齐豫 - 藏爱的女人 (1993)

莫文蔚 My Karen

全身 (1996)
滚石唱片Rock Musics
L to R :
1. 含情莫莫 精选辑 Greatest Hits (2002)
2. 你可以 You Can (1999)
3. [i] (2002)

You Know Them??? - "Strange" Mandarin Female Singers

Sandy Chan 陈珊妮 (2000) - 无瑕可击 Best Collection 1994-1999
Rock Records, Friendly Dogs

Liu Ching 刘沁(1998) - Light 青睐(Qing Lai)
Rock Records, Volcano Music

Faith Yang Nai Wen 杨乃文 (1997) - One
Rock Records, MagicStone Music

Kasih Sayang







Makan Sandwich


Wicked


Bought it after watching the fantastic show in London last year.

A New Unique "Off-the-beaten Path" of Malaysian Tourist Guidebook

Art Harun presented us a unique travel guide to Malaysia in the form of advise cum congratulatory letter to Datuk Todt (ex-Ferrari boss and Datuk Michelle Yeoh's fiance - he recently got Datuk right? errr....I mean the honorary title....) for being appointed the Malaysian Tourism Ambassador. It's a good piece, a fine one indeed.

Read it here or his blog at www.art-harun.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Now They Said It.... THEY'RE THE BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To all Malaysians who think you are the boss because you are the rakyat/citizen who pays tax and contribute to the country; because you vote and exercise your democratic rights, YOU ARE WRONG.

James Masing from Sarawak BN said these....

“By now, they should know they don’t have the majority and the sooner they learn the lesson, the better it is for them.”

“We are sending a strong message to them. ‘We are the boss’. They must know that they are just small fish, trying to score political points.

Read the whole news article here.

Of course he was referring to the opposition assemblymen but in the same context, are't those assemblymen elected by rakyat? But the smack of arrogance was not only referring to the opposition assemblymen and you can definitely imagine what kind of thinking he has over things like 'service the community", "meeting the needs of the citizens" etc etc which politicians always like to put it out conveniently from their mouth.

Another prayer needed for Malaysia....

Fume?

Is it only me? OK, I knew about the arrest of the lawyers who wanted to meet their clients, who were arrested because they held a vigil outside Bricksfield Police Station in support of Wong Chin Huat but only now I get to watch the video taken of the whole ordeal.

The OCPD is REALLY the one who made me fume!!! And I wonder how can anyone respect the police force after seeing his face, listening to his "warnings" and looking at his actions????????

The link is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtZEJMTq1EE&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Ftv%2Emalaysiakini%2Ecom%2Fv4%2Fplay%2Ephp&feature=player_embedded

Gotta pray for Malaysia...

Monday, May 18, 2009

For Good - Wicked (The Musical)

(Elphaba):

I'm limited Just look at me -

I'm limited And just look at you

You can do all I couldn't do, Glinda

So now it's up to you

For both of us - now it's up to you...

(Glinda):

I've heard it said

That people come into our lives for a reason

Bringing something we must learn

And we are led

To those who help us most to grow

If we let them

And we help them in return

Well, I don't know if I believe that's true

But I know I'm who I am today

Because I knew you...

Like a comet pulled from orbit

As it passes a sun

Like a stream that meets a boulder

Halfway through the wood

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

But because I knew you I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):

It well may be

That we will never meet again

In this lifetime So let me say before we part

So much of me Is made of what I learned from you

You'll be with me

Like a handprint on my heart

And now whatever way our stories end

I know you have re-written mine

By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring

By a wind off the sea

Like a seed dropped by a skybird

In a distant wood

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

But because I knew you

(Glinda): Because I knew you

(Both): I have been changed for good

(Elphaba): And just to clear the air I ask forgiveness

For the things I've done you blame me for

(Glinda): But then, I guess we know

There's blame to share

(Both): And none of it seems to matter anymore

(Glinda): Like a comet pulled from orbit As it passes a sun

Like a stream that meets a boulder Halfway through the wood

(Elphaba): Like a ship blown from its mooring By a wind off the sea

Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

(Both): Who can say if I've been Changed for the better?

I do believe I have been Changed for the better

(Glinda): And because I knew you...

(Elphaba): Because I knew you...

(Both): Because I knew you... I have been changed for good...

lyrics courtesy of www.metrolyrics.com

I do hope I changed for good.


Now You Must Learn How to Capture People's Attention and Your Master's As Well.......

NST has a headline : OBAMA SALUTES NAJIB

And when you read it......KUALA LUMPUR: United States President Barack Obama has congratulated Datuk Seri Najib Razak on his appointment as prime minister and said he looked forward to working closely with Najib in the years ahead.

Can someone enlighten me on the meanings of the two "bold"ed words above? Are they the same?

Sigh~~~ NST....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Date...... with Angels and Demons

An interesting ride of thriller. Tom Hanks hair looked better than he did in Da Vinci's Code. The Israeli's female lead is less candy-like. And Ewan McGregor stole the limelight from Hanks.

An entertaining date, having all said.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Simplicity and Nostalgic

The biscuit shown was a luxury those days...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Daulat Tuanku???

Guess where I took this?
Seria? Bandar Sri Begawan?
No No No... It's in Sandakan!!!!!

See how good our relationships are!!!!!!!!!

We greet Sultan Brunei with Daulat Tuanku too?????

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Limbo

Everything's in limbo. It's time to rethink. RPK and Malik Imtaz's writing prompted some thinking. Of course we are happy when things run the way we want but when it didn't, we starting to blame others? It's time to re-examine what went wrong.
It's time to be rational and think deeply. Getting oneself out from the box and see it objectively. Gonna do that.

Drawing Comparison

It's already quite puzzling when you find people start comparing themselves with Obama, which one of the candidate during the previous 3B by-elections did but nothing beats the audacity of BN-Perak MB Zambry Kadir who invoked "more classic" names in his blog to describe his political challenges.
Prepare yourselves to.... like what Patrick Teoh said in his blog.... PUKE!!!
He invoked the names of the following : Mandela, Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
I need few big water pails to contain mine. Enough said.

Round 2 Start

Update 2


OK... No emergency sitting now but Zambry was granted stay by Court of Appeal which at the end back to square one as well. So, at the end it will just a way to legitimise the removal of Siva as speaker, only a part of the grand plan? And Nizar and Regent just talked about weather and etc??? Gosh... How can???? Nizar might not want to provoke the Regent but this is definitely something wrong.
Update
Nizar is believed to be on the way to Ipoh to seek an audience with Sultan to ask to dissolve the assembly but Sultan is believed to be out of the country.... Hmm.... I don't feel good about this.

So, what's next? In a way, I think Zambry can call for emergency sitting with his newly-installed Speaker and get a no-confidence vote againts Nizar since they have the numerical strength.

Sigh~~~~ Back to square one???

Original:
Nizar is ruled to be the legitimate MB by the KL High Court. Of course... Zambry is expected to appeal.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Malaysiawood or Bolehwood

Alan the Great's comment in my previous posts reminded me how the recent fiasco in our beloved nation looks so similar to some movie genre.
1. Action : Sivakumar being dragged out from the assembly hall.
2. Comedy : Refer to post before this on the Hee woman and look at her picture. That looks pretty much comedy to me.
3. Porn : Chua Soi Lek
4. Supernatural Thriller : Employing witches to "clean" state assembly hall and also the finding of a jampi on under Pak Lah's seat
5. And the latest on the crime investigation : Ong Tee Keat lost his briefcase in the car and 11 were arrested. I started to think it's the PR stunt done by PDRM to showcase their ability and efficiency amidst the widely-reported cases of murderous snatch thieves etc.

Friday, May 08, 2009

It's Friday and This Is Funny (UPDATED)

New updates :
Gosh... this Hee woman is really something. After saying that the "appeared to be spray canister" she was photographed holding was indeed a hotel key in a press conference, now she CHANGED her story again!!! She now said that canister was not hers but it was belonged to another ADUN.
You gotta admire her guts to lie so blatantly in the public. She now said she picked it up from the floor and asked the assemblyman Yew whether it was Yew's. Now she said a book was thrown at her. I wouldn't throw anything to her. Throwing a book at her is an insult to the book itself. Shame on her.
Original :
We shouldn't laugh at Malaysians whom might not get the chance to have a proper education or teaching on Bahasa Melayu (or Malaysia now?) or English because my parents are one of them. But to think that these people gonna carry the big responsibility to sit in the state assembly and run the state is really a scary thought. I stumbled upon a comment left by a reader of the Malaysian Insider post (here) and it was indeed a great way to laugh away the coming weekend. First, read the whole article at the link above. Then read the comment below :

...
written by Chris Chong, May 08, 2009
"There were 31 of us, even without me there were, so we have the majority, this is democracy," said the Jelapang lawmaker, speaking in halting and bad Bahasa Malaysia when meeting reporters here today.

I'd imaine she probably said something like this :

"Kita ada sama tigapulo satu olang. Saya tada pun kita ada kasi itu majority la. Itu olang katakan demonkrasi la. Ya?"

Chris, tat's a great one!!!!!!!!!


from merdekareview.com... the lady who used pepper spray and tore 2 pieces of RM1 note

You Can't Go Wrong With Black


Thursday, May 07, 2009

BLACK

BLACK

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Fashion Police???

I love the term fashion police coined by Malaysian Insider in their website : despite the high crime rate and one of their own tied up and robbed in Johor recently, the Royal Malaysian Police decided to ratchet up crime prevention by turning fashion police yesterday....

Read more about their fashion sense here

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Paris 7 : Eiffel Illuminating At Night

video

Paris 6 : Where You Have Your Insides Out?

For the art lovers... Centre Pompidou is the must-go place. The place is unique and outrageously artistic. Famous for its daring design where the interiors/utilities components openly displayed on the outside of the building, it created quite a buzz when it was commissioned. It remained as its special attractions till now.




Some art piece around the Centre Pompidou.




As typical as most tourist spots, you can't miss the souvenir shops nearby.


Being a movie junkie, I won't let go of chances to browse DVD store and guess what I found???? A copy of DVD of Edward Yang's (杨德昌) last movie YiYi (一一). Love this movie!!! It's not a surprise to find his movie in France as most of his later movies are funded either by Japanese or French e.g. Mahjong (麻将).

Paris 5 : Eiffel in the Day

I was blessed the day I went to Eiffel as the sky was full of cloud; the way I like it!!!!
I remember Pierre mentioned a lot of Parisians think the Eiffel was just a structure of steel which in the early days, have no absolute function at all! Of course now it's a communication tower and also exhibition site. There was a painting exhibition when I was there, held in the 1st level I think. How cool is that???

Long associated with romance and love as the city itself, Eiffel do have its magic, at least to me.
The area surrounding Eiffel is a picnic area with nice grass. Many Parisians just lay down to enjoy the sun or have some picnics with their kids and friends. Always love the gardens and it reminded me of the Hyde Park sans the magnifique Eiffel.
Marie and I got a cup of coffee and sat on the grass watching the day goes by. We chatted a lot on movies and musics. We even exchanged some nice songs. Thanks Marie for sharing the India.Arie's song with me. It's truly Beautiful!!!

Childhood is the best time ever!!!!!!!!


Marie and me parted ways as she had to go back to Pierre's place to get her luggage and go to the train station. I left Eiffel to continue my exploration of the City of Light.

Peace monument with different type of writing in different language. World peace!!!

Paris 4 : The Gardens.... (err...I forgot which Jardin)


I believe it's the Jardin des Plantes.





Blue-colored flower never fails to amaze me...

See how patriotic I am!!!! The hibuscus, Malaysia's official flower.

The blue ones again...